Student Vaccination Requirement
All students are required to be fully vaccinated or receive an exemption before arriving on campus for the 2022-23 academic year.
Additionally, as an extension of the University’s existing COVID-19 vaccination requirement, the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine is required of all students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional, including students studying or performing research remotely and/or virtually - as a condition of enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year.
Regardless of previous COVID-19 boosters, to be considered fully vaccinated and enroll in classes for the 2023-2024 academic year, 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 2 months ago, plus a Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster; Or
- A single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago, plus a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna bivalent 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 Bivalent Booster Vaccine
Bivalent booster vaccines provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19 and, unlike previous monovalent boosters which were designed only to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19, the updated bivalent vaccine booster protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
Those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and/or received a monovalent booster more than two months ago, are now both eligible and encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive a bivalent booster vaccine.
To obtain the bivalent booster vaccine on campus, students may call University Health Services (UHS) at 574-631-7497 to schedule an appointment. Current students may also receive the bivalent booster vaccine at any off-campus location or at the University’s on-campus booster vaccination clinic Thursday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic will be hosted inside the Stepan Center and will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine.
Students must register for an appointment at the on-campus clinic in advance. Register here.
Details on Documenting Your Vaccination
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 complete this exemption form and upload it to their UHS patient portal to apply for a medical or religious exemption.
Returning students who received a religious exemption from the University’s vaccination requirement will automatically receive exemptions for the 2022-23 academic year and the 2023-24 academic year.
Students on campus attending programs that last fewer than 7 days are exempt from the requirement, though vaccination is still strongly recommended.