Vaccination Information and Policies

Elon University requires all students to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students). As of Jan. 31, 2022, this requirement includes receiving a booster vaccination. The requirements apply to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus. For information on vaccination availability and locations, go to vaccines.gov.

Student Flu Vaccine Requirement

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Elon University is requiring that all students receive a flu vaccine for the 2021-22 academic year, or receive a medical/religious exemption. Read more about this requirement

COVID-19 Booster Shot

Please note: If you have been positive within the past 90 days, you need to submit your positive test result to quarantine-support@elon.edu to make sure your booster due date is deferred 90 days from your documented positive test result. You can verify your booster status by checking the Readiness Portal.

All students are required to receive a booster vaccination and upload their documentation as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 31, 2022 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). Booster shots are available in all communities. Go to vaccines.gov to find a location near you. Check My Healthy Status to verify vaccine details you have already uploaded.

Previously Approved Exemptions: Students with previously approved medical or religious COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are required to test before Winter Term classes begin and must continue testing weekly.

Who is eligible?

Everyone is now eligible to receive their booster shot if it has been at least five months since their primary Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series, or at least two months since receiving the Johnson & Johnson primary vaccination.

Where can I get a booster vaccine?

Elon is offering booster vaccination clinics on campus in Winter Term and Spring Semester. You can also find booster vaccine locations on the NCDHHS MySpot.nc.gov vaccine site or the CDC vaccines.gov site

Which booster vaccine should I receive?

The CDC and many health experts now have evidence that full vaccination should include a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot. You can read more about booster vaccinations from the CDC information about booster shots, timing and eligibility.

Bring your vaccination card

At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.

If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, or you need a replacement, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card. Here is the North Carolina Vaccine Portal.

Learn more about what to do if you need a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.


Submit Your COVID-19 Booster/Vaccination Documentation

When submitting booster documentation, make sure to select “booster” from the drop-down menu. If you have already uploaded your vaccination documentation, confirm your “fully vaccinated” status.

If you have not yet uploaded your vaccination documentation, or wish to upload documentation of your booster vaccination, complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form and attach a copy of your vaccination record card. (see instructions)


Submission Deadlines

Undergraduate Students

July

30

Undergraduate students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Friday, July 30. Unvaccinated undergraduates should plan to get their first dose of any two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) by July 1, so they can get their second dose by July 29. Students may alternately choose to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 15 to meet this requirement. Please keep in mind that full vaccination is not achieved until two weeks after the final dose of the vaccine.

Graduate Students

Based on their different academic calendars, graduate students must submit their documentation no later than the following dates:

July

15

School of Law (new 1L), Physical Therapy (class of 2022 and 2023), Physician Assistant Studies (class of 2022), Interactive Media and Masters in Higher Education students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Thursday, July 15.

August

9

School of Law (returning 2L and 3L) students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Monday, August 9.

August

2

All other fall semester graduate programs students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Monday, August 2.

Exemptions From COVID-19 Vaccination

Students are eligible to apply for an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons. Information can be found here. To apply for an exemption, students complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, submitted the required documentation and signed the notice of risks and responsibilities form. The previously approved exemptions are automatically applied to the additional booster requirement.

Requirements for those who have received an exemption are as follows:

Required Testing

Students with a vaccination exemption are required to receive a COVID-19 test every week starting with the first week they arrive on campus.

Required Masking

Students with a vaccination exemption are required to wear a mask in indoor community spaces on campus.

  • Those who are partially vaccinated or not fully vaccinated must mask until they are fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose).

Please contact Healthy@Elon.edu or 336-278-2020 with any questions.


Partially Vaccinated Students

Students who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to receive a COVID-19 test every week starting with the first week after arrival until they are fully vaccinated (14 days past their final dose). Sign up immediately for your weekly testing appointment (once you pick a day and time, the system will replicate that appointment as your weekly appointment day and time for the rest of the semester).


International Students

International students who have received vaccines other than the USA FDA-authorized vaccines should submit their documentation. International students may meet Elon’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine that has been granted Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization. Students whose vaccines have not received WHO approval must be revaccinated in the United States to meet this requirement.


Elon Faculty and Staff

  • All staff and faculty who have not already submitted vaccination documentation are asked to do so immediately.
  • Staff and faculty who are not fully vaccinated (received their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed) and have not submitted vaccination documentation are required to wear masks in indoor campus spaces and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing beginning August 16.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m eligible for a booster? 

All students, faculty and staff are eligible for a booster either two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or five months after the final dose of the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

Am I considered 'fully vaccinated' if I don’t get a booster shot?

The CDC has not changed recommendations or guidelines for being considered fully vaccinated. Those who are two weeks past their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks past a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are still considered fully vaccinated according to the current CDC guidelines.

However, Elon is requiring all students to receive a booster vaccine and upload their documentation as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). Faculty and staff are strongly recommended to get a booster as soon as possible.

Do I get an exemption from the booster requirement if I had COVID-19 in the past 90 days?

No. Having a prior positive test result within 90 days does not exempt students from the booster requirement, but it will defer your booster due date 90 days from your documented positive test result.

To ensure you will be able to continue being enrolled in classes in that 90-day window, make sure to document your positive test properly by following these steps:

  • Make sure your test results are reflected on the My Readiness page. This will alert Elon officials to defer the booster due date by 90 days.
  • If you took a home test, you must send a photo of the positive test result to quarantine-support@elon.edu. If you do not have a photo, you must provide documentation from your medical provider confirming the date of your positive test and the dates you were in quarantine.

Where can I get a booster?

Elon is also offering booster vaccination clinics on campus. You can also find booster vaccine locations on the NCDHHS MySpot.nc.gov vaccine site or the CDC vaccines.gov site.

Can I get a booster if I received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson?

Yes. On October 21, the CDC announced it is expanding eligibility for booster vaccines to include those who have received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This action followed authorization of the additional vaccines by the FDA. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Note that the Moderna booster is a smaller dose than what is given in the first two shots. Be sure to let your provider know you want the booster.

Will Elon host booster vaccine clinics?

Yes. You can sign up here for on-campus booster clinics, which are first-come-first-served and by appointment. In addition, students, faculty and staff can visit myspot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer COVID-19 booster in the area.

Should I notify Elon about receiving my booster?

Yes. Bring your vaccination card with you when you receive your booster so it can be updated. If you do not have your card, learn more about how to get a replacement. After you receive the shot, use Elon’s vaccination portal to upload your documentation. This will allow the university to continue to assess the COVID infection rates in the community and will verify your booster status if the additional shot is required in the future.

Can I get a flu shot at the same time I get a booster or do I need to get them separately?

Current recommendations are that patients may either receive a flu shot and booster at the same time or at least two weeks apart. Elon will not be able to host a booster vaccine clinic until November. Flu shots are currently available on campus:

How does my Elon-approved medical or religious COVID vaccine exemption relate to the booster requirement?

Previously approved medical or religious exemptions will remain in effect for the booster vaccination. No further action is necessary by those who have an approved exemption.

How long should I wait after a positive test result to get my booster? 

Check with your physician. In most cases, you can get a booster as soon as you have been released from quarantine or isolation.

NEW Do I need an additional booster if I am immunocompromised? 

People who are immunocompromised due to medication or illness may not have responded as well to the initial series and single booster dose. Your health care provider will be able to tell you if should receive a second booster and, if so, when you should receive it.

I lost my vaccination card. How do I get a new one?

The CDC lists contact information for all 50 states’ Immunization Information Systems online. Browse this list to contact your state about obtaining a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records after verifying some personal information. Some private off-campus testing sites and pharmacies are also able to provide you with a replacement card.

What if I’m not eligible yet for a booster? 

Students are required to receive the booster vaccination and submit documentation by January 31. Faculty and staff are strongly recommended to get a booster as soon as possible.

If it has not yet been five months since your final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series, or two months since your dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must finish the waiting period and then receive your booster within 7 days of the date you become eligible.

NEW Who should I talk to if I have medical questions around boosters?

Your first resource is your personal health care provider.  Resources on Campus are Faculty and Staff Wellness Clinic and Student Health Services.

How do I work out transportation to get to a vaccination site?

Students seeking transportation to a vaccine site may reserve an UberHealth vehicle (the cost will be added to a student’s bill).

Why do we need a booster? 

The CDC and American College Health Association guidelines have been based on clear evidence on the efficacy of the booster to fight Omicron, increase immune response, and combat serious illness and hospitalization. Increasing evidence shows that boosters increase protection/immunity and reduce the chance of serious illness to a greater extent than previous infection or initial vaccination. COVID vaccines were originally created to fight the original strain of the virus, while a booster vaccine helps us to develop stronger antibodies to combat even a mutation or variant of the virus. The congregate living nature of a college campus and highly interactive nature of student life on campus (activities, dining, recreation, studying, clubs, etc.) increase the importance of protection against highly transmissible viruses and diseases.

NEW Can I really mix and match, or get a different booster shot from my original vaccine?

Yes. The CDC and FDA approved mixing and matching of initial vaccine and booster types:

  • For the sake of convenience (for example, if your local pharmacy offers Pfizer but you received Johnson & Johnson originally), and
  • Due to studies showing that whatever booster shot you receive (same as your original vaccine or different from your original vaccine) will boost your immunity.

 

NEW Is my booster still effective? 

All vaccines lose some efficacy over time. However, the COVID-19 booster has been shown to provide extra protection beyond the initial vaccine series.

What if I received Johnson & Johnson? Which booster should I get?

Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson boosters are all safe and will increase your immunity. However, those who received the J&J vaccine the first time around, will get more of a boost by getting the Pfizer or Moderna booster.

What if I have been partially vaccinated or my last vaccine was less than two weeks ago?

No individual will be considered fully vaccinated unless they have provided proof of receiving their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed. Testing and mask requirements will remain in place until the 15th day after receiving the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Why has Elon adopted a student vaccination requirement?

Elon is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and other health officials and experts. For the protection of students, their friends and family, and all others who work on and visit the Elon campus, the CDC recommends a fully vaccinated campus.

Which vaccines are accepted and how do I submit documentation to the university?

Elon accepts COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This currently includes the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Johnson & Johnson. Elon will expand its list of accepted vaccines as they receive FDA approval. Students should use this link and follow instructions to submit their documentation. (requires university log-in)

International students who have received vaccines other than the USA FDA-authorized vaccines should submit their documentation. International students may meet Elon’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine that has been granted Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization. Students whose vaccines have not received WHO approval must be revaccinated in the United States to meet this requirement and follow all campus health and safety requirements.

Who should get vaccinated?

All students (undergraduate, law school, and other graduate students) must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated for a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students). This requirement pertains to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus during the 2021-22 academic year. A vaccination exemption option is available for medical conditions and religious beliefs.

Similarly, Elon asks all faculty and staff to be vaccinated and submit their documentation immediately. We are pleased that Elon employee vaccination levels are already very high and continue to increase.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff should access widely available vaccination resources in their location as soon as possible. Information on getting vaccinated is available at vaccines.gov.

What can I do once I'm fully vaccinated?

The CDC maintains a web page with updated information for vaccinated people, recommending what you can do, and what precautions you should continue to protect yourself and others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

 

Does Elon plan to offer a large vaccination clinic on campus?

With the COVID-19 vaccine available widely in retail pharmacies and community clinics at no cost, Elon is not currently planning any further campus vaccination clinics. A limited supply of the vaccine is available through Student Health Services for those who are unable to access community vaccination resources.

How do I apply for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

Students may apply for an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons. Information can be found here. To apply for an exemption, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, submit the required documentation, and sign the notice of risks and requirements form.

Do I have to get vaccinated if I am studying abroad or studying away?

Yes. All students earning Elon University academic credit at any location must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to remain enrolled.

How do international students and others who have not had access to FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines meet Elon’s vaccination requirement?

International students who have received vaccines other than the USA FDA-authorized vaccines should submit their documentation. International students may meet Elon’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine that has been granted Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization. Students whose vaccines have not received WHO approval must be revaccinated in the United States to meet this requirement and follow all university health and safety measures.

What arrangements is Elon making for international students who cannot get vaccinated?

While we expect international students to make every effort to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement prior to their arrival on campus, we understand that some students face unique challenges due to vaccine accessibility in their home country. For those students, Elon will provide assistance in arranging vaccination upon arrival on campus. Elon will follow CDC and state health official guidance about safety measures that international students may need to follow until they are fully vaccinated. Details will be communicated directly to international students by Elon’s Global Education Center.

Will Elon require visitors, prospective students and their families, vendors and contractors to be vaccinated?

Elon will not require those who are on campus for a short period of time to be vaccinated. However, those who are unvaccinated must comply with current campus policies related to health and safety measures, including wearing masks.

Is Elon requiring staff and faculty to be vaccinated?

Elon faculty and staff have demonstrated their commitment to protecting themselves and those around them by achieving a very high level of vaccination. While Elon is not requiring employee vaccination at this time, we ask all faculty and staff to be vaccinated and upload their documentation immediately. Details about faculty/staff health and safety measures for those who are unvaccinated are determined by current CDC guidance and will continue to be updated accordingly.

Is everyone wearing a mask unvaccinated?

No. There are many reasons that students, faculty or staff may choose to continue to wear a mask, including religious beliefs, comfort level, their own medical conditions or the medical conditions of friends, family or others.

How will students, faculty, or staff with an approved exemption be treated on campus?

Elon will continue to create a culture of respect for every individual, and vaccine status is not shared on campus. We ask everyone to understand that each individual has different experiences, family and medical situations, and feelings as we navigate this process.

Will Elon assign roommates based on vaccination status?

No. Elon’s non-discrimination policy guides our assignment of roommates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of North Carolina, removed restrictions for masking and distancing for those who are fully vaccinated because a vaccinated person on campus – no matter who they live with – has:

  1. Minimal risk of contracting a breakthrough or symptomatic case of the virus.
  2. Minimal risk of transmitting the virus to others.

As the CDC has shared, “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.”

*Any student needing a housing accommodation for health reasons may contact Disabilities Resources and Residence Life about applying for a medical accommodation.

Will Elon also have a Flu vaccine requirement?

As was the case for the 2020-21 academic year, all students will be required to receive and share proof of the annual influenza vaccine, or receive a medical/religious exemption, during 2021-22. You can read more about this requirement, as well as information about on-campus clinics, here.

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