Report your vaccine and booster

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster (for those who are eligible) are required of all students (except those with religious or health exemptions, and students enrolled in VCU's entirely online programs).

  1. Log in to the Student Health Web Portal.
  2. Click the "My Forms" tab to get started (on mobile, select "My Forms" in the main menu). 

Need additional guidance? Watch an instructional video or see detailed written instructions.

The FAQs below also answer common questions related to the vaccination requirement and the booster requirement.

Vaccine requirement for students

Have a question that isn’t answered below? Send your questions to together@vcu.edu.

Q: Does the vaccine requirement apply to all students? What if I am virtual or off campus?

The vaccine requirement applies to all students who live, learn, work or will be on campus for any reason during the entire course of their degree program. It also applies to students who are enrolled in virtual classes. Unless the degree program is one of VCU's entirely online degree programs (listed below), students will need to submit proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption.

VCU has entirely online degree programs in the following: 

Business

-Accounting (cert.)

-Real Estate (cert.)

da Vinci/Nursing

-Health Care Innovation (cert.)

Education

-Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.)

-Educational Leadership (cert. and M.Ed.)

-Medical Education (cert.)

-Reading (M.Ed.)

-Reading Specialist (cert.)

-Special Education (M.Ed.)

-Special Education K-12 Teaching (cert.)

Engineering

-Fundamentals of Computing (cert.)

Health Professions

-Aging Studies (cert.)

-Gerontology (M.S.)

Humanities and Sciences

-Health Behavior Coaching (cert.)

-Mass Communications (M.S.)

-Media and Leadership (cert.)

L. Douglas Wilder

-Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (cert. and M.A.)

Medicine

-Addiction Studies (cert. and M.S.)

Nursing

-Nursing: RN to BS (B.S.)

-Nursing (Ph.D.)

-Nursing Practice (D.NP)

Social Work

-Social Work: Clinical Social Work Practice (M.S.W)

Q: Are postdocs required to be vaccinated?

Yes. Postdocs are to follow employee/faculty requirements

Q: What is the deadline to submit records or apply for exemption?

In order to register for classes for the upcoming semester, you must upload your COVID documentation. Students who seek a religious or health exemption should complete and return the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Request Form in their student health portal under the document upload tab titled Vaccine Exemption Request.

Q: Are COVID-19 vaccine boosters required?

Everyone who is eligible for a booster must report receiving one to VCU by Feb. 1. Those eligible for a booster after Feb. 1 must receive a booster within 30 days of becoming eligible and report receiving it to VCU. Information about how to report your booster status will be available in early January.

Click here to learn more about booster shots and eligibility.

Q: I will not be on campus but will be in a clinical setting, field placement or internship off campus. Does this vaccine requirement apply to me?

Students who will be off campus but enrolled through VCU should check with their placement coordinator to find out about specific placement requirements. Each organization’s requirements may vary.

Q: I am an international student. How does this vaccine requirement apply to me?

International students should visit the Vaccine Guidance for VCU international students and scholars page on the Global Education Office's website for more information.

Q: I had COVID, am I still required to get vaccinated?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible — although rare — that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: My doctor advised me to wait an extended period of time before getting vaccinated so I won’t meet the deadline. What are my options?

Contact University Student Health Services 804-827-8047 for guidance or upload a copy of your medical exemption to your University Student Health Services web portal under the document upload tab titled, "Vaccine Exemption Request."

Q: What is allowed for exemption? How do I file for an exemption?

Students may request an exemption from the COVID-19 Vaccination requirement based on religious or health reasons. Students seeking this exemption may submit their request using the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form in their Student Health portal under the document upload tab titled, "Vaccine Exemption Request."

Q. I have been exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement because I am in an online program. Does this exemption apply to all immunization requirements?

Exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements does not exempt a student from other required immunizations. Students who qualify for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement must provide appropriate documentation to satisfy immunization requirements as mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia or by VCU policy. For information on required immunizations, please visit the University Student Health Services website.

Q: How do I submit my vaccination record?

How-to videos are available through University Student Health Services. Note that you must upload documentation of both doses if you receive a two-dose vaccine. Information about how to report your booster status will be available in early January.

Q: How do I check the status of my vaccine record?

To check the status of vaccine submissions, not including your booster:

  1. Log into the Student Health Web Portal.
  2. Go to the "My Profile" tab.
  3. Select "Immun. History."
  4. If the vaccine is listed, we have received it. If not, allow 7-10 business days for data entry and check back.
  5. Student Health uses secure messages in the web portal if there is an issue with your submission. Please be sure we have not tried to reach you via secure messaging.

Q: Does VCU keep my vaccination record and/or exemption request confidential?

VCU protects the records submitted by students related to COVID-19 vaccination or medical or religious exemptions confidentially in accordance with its student privacy policy and the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). VCU is committed to the privacy of its students and safeguards data accordingly. See https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies/information-security.html. As relates specifically to these records, the University Student Health Services portal in which students upload vaccine or exemption records describes VCUs lawful use of uploaded data. Health care and administrative professionals within USHS access vaccine and exemption records submitted by students for the purpose of verifying compliance with VCU’s vaccination and/or exemption requirement. USHS shares records of student compliance with university employees responsible for managing health and safety protocols (e.g., removing vaccinated students from the surveillance testing pool and daily health check reminder emails and building VCUs vaccination dashboard).

Q: What if I have already submitted my COVID vaccination record to Student Health?

If you have already submitted your COVID vaccination record to University Student Health Services, you do not need to submit it again. You can check the status of your record by logging into the Student Health portal, going to the “My Profile” tab and choosing “Immunization History.” 

You will need to submit documentation for your booster by Feb. 1 or within 30 days of becoming eligible. Click here to learn more about booster shots and eligibility.

Q: I lost my vaccination card. How do I go about getting a copy of my record?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend taking a photo of both sides of the card as a back up, in case you lose it. But if it is already lost, here are recommendations from the CDC:

  • Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
  • If you can’t reach the vaccination provider, contact your state health department’s immunization information system. You can search Virginia's Immunization Information System here or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.
  • If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText, you can access your vaccination information through those tools.
  • If you have made every effort to receive a copy of your vaccination card and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.

Q: I was vaccinated at a VCU clinic or office. Do I still need to submit my documentation?

Yes, please submit your record to University Student Health Services. How-to videos are available:

Q: Which vaccines meet the requirement?

COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or by the World Health Organization will meet this requirement.

Q: What is the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health and VCU Health have developed frequently asked questions related to the safety and efficacy regarding the types of vaccines available.

For a quick reference of the three vaccines, download this guide from VCU Health.

Q: If I get my vaccine through VCU, which vaccine will I receive?

The type of vaccine you receive through on-campus clinics will depend on availability. VCU encourages anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible with whichever vaccine is is available to you.

The following websites provide more information about the different vaccines:

Q: What happens if I can’t get fully vaccinated before registration?

All students will need to submit vaccine documentation prior to registering for classes, understanding that a second dose may need to come soon after. Students need to submit either the Exemption Request Form or the vaccine documentation. If a student's first dose is prior to course registration, they should submit that documentation and note the date of the appointment of their second dose. Then upload the documentation showing both doses as soon after their second dose as possible.

If a student is not in compliance, a registration hold is put in place, preventing the student from registering.

Q: If I have not reported my vaccine status and do not have a medical or religious exemption, what happens if I do not report for surveillance testing?

Students who do not report for testing will face disciplinary action up to and including administrative withdrawal from classes. Students will receive a warning if they miss one test; if they miss two they will be administratively withdrawn.

Q: Can I get vaccinated through VCU/on campus?

Yes. Students can schedule an appointment to get their COVID vaccine through the University Student Health Services web portal. If you are not near campus, you can search all vaccination opportunities near you through vaccinefinder.org.

Q: What public health measures are required for students who are exempt from the vaccine requirement?

Students who are exempt from vaccination must follow safety guidelines for their health and for the health of our community including but not limited to: routine surveillance testing, completing daily health checks, and continuing to follow public safety measures including quarantine procedures. Entry Pass requirements will apply and allow entry if public health measures are followed.

Q: How do we know if someone has been vaccinated or not?

Students and employees are not obligated to share vaccination or other medical information with their peers. All students and employees will sign an attestation noting that they understand their responsibilities and public health measures as a member of the VCU community.

Q: If I am exempt from the vaccine requirement, am I still allowed to live on campus?

Yes. You will be required to participate in surveillance testing and daily health checks as well as wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

Booster requirements

What is the deadline to report booster shots?
Students must report their booster shot by February 1 or within 30 days of becoming eligible for a booster shot.

Where can I get a booster shot and how do I know if I am eligible?
Visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine page to determine your booster eligibility. To find an appointment near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov.

If I'm a student, how do I submit my vaccination and/or booster documentation?
Students may report booster shots the same way they reported vaccination – through the VCU Student Health Services web portal. For more information, visit together.vcu.edu/faq/student-vaccine/.

What happens if I don’t report my booster by the deadline or within 30 days of eligibility?
Students who do not report a booster (by the deadline or within 30 days of eligibility) will have a registration hold placed on their student account, which will prevent them from making changes to their schedule or registering for classes.

In addition, students who do not report their booster (by the deadline or within 30 days of eligibility) will not be considered “fully vaccinated” and will therefore be required to report for weekly surveillance testing. Failure to report for weekly testing will result in administrative withdrawal. If you are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing, you will receive an email from covidtest@vcu.edu. For more information about weekly testing for unvaccinated students, visit together.vcu.edu/faq/surveillance-testing/.

If I already have a medical or religious exemption for the vaccine, or if I have attested to not attend on-campus classes, work or activities, do I need to submit another exemption request or attestation?
No. If you already have an approved medical or religious exemption you do not need to submit another one. However, you will continue to be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

What if I want to apply for an exemption from the booster? Is it the same process and what does that mean for me?
To apply for an exemption to the booster shot, students should fill out VCU's Vaccine Exemption Request Form. Students with an approved exemption are considered in compliance with VCU's vaccination requirements.

Note: If you are eligible for the booster and are approved for an exemption, you will not be considered fully vaccinated and will therefore be required to participate in weekly testing and daily health checks. Failure to report for weekly testing will result in administrative withdrawal for students.

Why are we requiring boosters if there's the possibility of breakthrough infection in individuals who have received the booster?
As the virus changes over time and new variants emerge, the vaccine and vaccine booster adds significant immunity to those that receive it. COVID-19 surges remain, for the most part, in unvaccinated populations and vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 typically experience non-life-threatening symptoms.

How do I know when I am eligible for a booster shot and which kind of booster shot to receive?
The Virginia Department of Health provides a checklist. Visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

What if I don't qualify to receive a booster by the February 1 deadline? For instance, what if I only recently received my first or second dose?
You are required to receive and report your booster within 30 days of becoming eligible to receive the booster. Visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine page to determine your booster eligibility.

Are there new quarantine and isolation protocols for those who are fully vaccinated?
VCU follows the guidance of the CDC and VDH related to quarantine and isolation. Vaccinated and boosted individuals who are close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals do not need to quarantine. However, they should monitor for symptoms. Regardless of symptoms, you should test 5-7 days after an exposure and mask indoors – everywhere, not just on campus – for 14 days after exposure.

Will students and employees who aren’t vaccinated (i.e., they have a medical or religious exemption) continue to be required to test for COVID-19 each week?
Asymptomatic surveillance testing will continue to focus on unvaccinated community members, who will continue to be required to test each week. Students who are not fully vaccinated (including those who are eligible for their booster but have not yet reported it) will be required to participate in weekly testing. Failure to report for weekly testing will result in administrative withdrawal for students. For more information about weekly testing for unvaccinated students, visit together.vcu.edu/faq/surveillance-testing/.

If I am vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster shot, will I be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing?
No. You will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing if you are eligible for a booster but have not received one/reported it to VCU.

Does VCU provide medical grade masks to students and employees?
VCU recommends the use of cloth masks that are at least double layered, and offers three-ply cloth masks and KN95 masks at no cost to students and employees in campus vending machines. You can find vending machine locations here. Students and employees who may be considered "high risk" or immunocompromised should talk to their doctor about the use of medical grade masks.