Student Vaccination Requirement

All students are required to be fully vaccinated or receive an exemption for the 2022-23 academic year.


Accepted Vaccines

To be considered fully vaccinated, all Notre Dame students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional, including students studying or performing research remotely and/or virtually - should have received:

  • Two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or any WHO approved vaccination, more than 6 month ago, plus a Pfizer or Moderna booster; Or
  • A single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago, plus a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

Access to Vaccines

Information about an initial vaccination series or a booster dose in the United States can be found at vaccines.gov.

Students who have questions regarding the acceptance of a particular vaccine or are unable to access the vaccine in their home state or country should contact University Health Services (UHS) for consultation at least four weeks prior to arrival.

Access to Vaccine Booster

According to CDC and National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidance, a COVID-19 vaccination booster in addition to the initial vaccination series is the most effective protection against the Omicron variant.

Students should receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster when they are six months past their original Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccination. Those who received a Johnson & Johnson booster, or other non-Moderna, non-Pfizer booster, should contact UHS.

Current students may receive the booster vaccination at any off-campus location.

Documentation

Details on Documenting Your Vaccination

Exemptions

Students on campus attending programs that last fewer than 7 days are exempt from the requirement, though vaccination is still strongly recommended.

The University offers students the opportunity to apply for medical or religious exemptions. Exemptions are determined on a case-by-case basis, and in each case must be supported by specific documentation. Students with medical contraindications or religious concerns should email immunizations@nd.edu to request the proper forms to apply for a medical or religious exemption.

Returning students who received a religious exemption from the University’s vaccination requirement will automatically receive another exemption for the 2022-23 academic year. 

In order to maximize the health outcomes of all vulnerable patients, particularly those who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19, UHS requires returning students who previously received a medical exemption from the University’s vaccination requirement to provide updated documentation of the ongoing medical condition to receive an exemption for the 2022-23 academic year.

Just as the science of SARS-COV2 has evolved, so has the medical community’s understanding of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. As such, the UHS exemption review team requires all students with a previous medical exemption to consult with their medical provider to reassess their need for an ongoing vaccine exemption. Additional documentation can be uploaded to the student’s UHS patient portal.