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COVID-19 Vaccine

With the ultimate goal of returning our campuses to normal operations, beginning with the fall 2021 semester, all Indiana University (including IUPUI) students, faculty and staff will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated before returning to campus. This requirement is part of IU’s ongoing successful response to and management of the COVID-19 pandemic on its campuses and will allow the university to lift most restrictions on masking and physical distancing.

The requirement

You should plan to have your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine no later than July 1. You must be fully vaccinated by August 15 or when you return to campus after August 1, whichever is earlier.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after having all doses of a vaccine (2 doses for Pfizer, Moderna; 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson).

Have your COVID-19 vaccine?

Let IU know that you’ve met the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. You’ll need to know the date(s) of your vaccine dose(s) and can also upload a photo or scan of your verified vaccine card to be entered into the incentive program.

I’ve gotten my vaccine.

How to report your COVID-19 vaccine

All current students, faculty and staff will use IU’s COVID-19 vaccine report form to attest that they are vaccinated and report all doses of your vaccine. If you’re receiving a two-dose vaccine, you should complete the form after each dose. You’ll need to know the date you received each dose of the vaccine and can upload a photo or scan of documentation that you received your vaccine to be entered in the incentive program. In most cases, this will be a photo or scan of the CDC card you receive at your vaccination appointment that notes the date and type of vaccine you received.

Incoming students should plan to complete the self-report form once have created their IU email account.

If you're arriving from an international location

Students, scholars, faculty and staff arriving from an international location may not have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in their current location and may not be able to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus this August.

Individuals in this situation should let us know that they cannot meet the August 15 deadline and should plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible upon their arrival in the U.S. They can continue to participate in orientation, classes and other activites as they work toward becoming fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA and World Health Organization will meet IU's requirement. If you've already received a vaccine that is not one authorized by either of these organizations, you’ll need to receive one that is. There are no known safety issues at this time with receiving an FDA-authorized vaccine after receiving one that has not yet been authorized.

Please review our frequently asked questions for additional information about arriving from an international location, not being fully vaccinated before arriving on campus and vaccine verification.

If you choose not to meet the requirement

IU has outlined strong consequences for those who choose not to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and do not receive an exemption. Everyone is strongly encouraged to get the vaccine as soon as possible not only for your own health and safety but for those around you as well.

For students, they will see their class registration cancelled, CrimsonCard access terminated, access to IU systems (Canvas, email, etc.) terminated, and will not be allowed to participate in any on campus activity. 

Faculty and staff who choose not to meet the requirement will no longer be able to be employed by Indiana University. Working remotely and not meeting the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is not an option.

Exemption request process

Approved exemptions will be extremely limited to a very narrow set of criteria:

  1. Religious exemptions.

  2. Medical exemptions with documentation from your provider of an allergy to the COVID-19 vaccines or their components.

  3. Medical deferrals for the following circumstances with a note from your provider:
    1. Active pregnancy or active breastfeeding only if the provider is requesting an exemption. The exemption lasts only until you're no longer actively pregnant or actively breastfeeding. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are not contraindications for vaccination.
    2. Immunocompromised individuals only with provider request for an exemption and only for those who have recent (within the past 3-6 months) hematopoietic or solid organ transplant, or on active treatment with Rituximab within the past 3-6 months.
    3. Have received COVID-specific monoclonal antibodies in the past 90 days.

  4. An online program exemption for students who are in a 100% online program with no on-campus component. This must be an online program; not simply taking all online classes.

You can request an exemption using the online request formIU’s Medical Response Team, among other designated IU leaders, will promptly review exemption requests, responding within five business days.

COVID-19 vaccines are:

Safe. The currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines were developed using the normal scientific process for vaccine development. There were no short cuts or relaxing of standards. The vaccines were tested by all three phases of scientifically rigorous clinical trials , which showed no major safety concerns. In addition, the CDC has collected data from more than 2 million people outside of the trials that have shown no major safety issues with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Effective. Research shows that all currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing COVID-19, especially severe disease.

Free. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine no matter where you receive it.

IU’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Learn about the requirement, reporting your vaccine and more.

Read the FAQ

Vaccine eligibility

Everyone age 12 and over is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. Pfizer is currently the only one authorized for those age 12-17.

Scheduling your vaccine appointment

The COVID-19 vaccine is available at locations in all counties in Indiana, including dedicated vaccine clinics, pharmacies and other retail locations. There are vaccine locations near or on many IU campuses.

To schedule an appointment in Indiana, visit ourshot.in.gov, select the county you want to schedule in and then select your preferred vaccine site.

Outside of Indiana, use vaccinefinder.org to search for vaccine clinic sites across the country.

What to expect when getting your vaccine

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine will be much like getting any other vaccine. You should wear short sleeves or a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up to your upper arm. 

You’ll receive the injection in your upper arm. Before you leave the vaccine site, you’ll be given the appointment date and time for your second dose, depending on which vaccine you get. It is ideal to return to the same location for your second dose.

In the 24-48 hours after receiving your vaccine, your arm may feel sore. Other potential side effects will likely be mild and may include fever, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, or headache. People who get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine most often feel a greater immune response after their second dose.

If you feel any of the above side effects, this simply means your body is building protection against COVID-19. It’s a good thing!

If you develop symptoms more than 48 hours after receiving the vaccine or they last for more than 24 hours, they could be unrelated to the vaccine. Stay home and contact your doctor.