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). This requirement applies 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 Fall Semester 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available at retail pharmacies and community clinics across the country. 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. The deadline date to receive the flu vaccine or exemption is Friday, Oct. 29. Read more about this requirement
COVID-19 Booster Shot
To strengthen and extend protections against severe illness, students, faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for six months or more, can now receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The CDC has authorized and recommended booster vaccine shots to provide continued protection.
Please carefully read the CDC information about booster shots and eligibility.
Who is Eligible?
You can get a booster if it has been at least six months since your second Pfizer COVID-19 shot, and one of the following is true:
- You are 65 or older.
- You are 18 and older and:
- You live or work in a nursing home or other long-term care residential facility.
- You have a medical condition that puts you at high risk for severe illness; for example obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- You work in a high-risk profession, meaning you come into contact with a lot of people, and you don’t know their vaccination status; for example, health care workers, first responders, teachers, food processing workers, retail and restaurant workers, and public transportation workers.
- You live or work in a place where many people live together; for example, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living settings in colleges or universities.
Elon students, faculty and staff fall within these CDC guidelines and may self-attest their eligibility without providing additional proof. Graduate and undergraduate students who live on or off-campus are eligible. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation
If you have already uploaded your vaccination documentation, confirm your “fully vaccinated” status.
Based on their different academic calendars, graduate students must submit their documentation no later than the following dates:
Exemptions From COVID-19 Vaccination
Students were 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 completed the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, submitted the required documentation and signed the notice of risks and responsibilities form.
Requirements for those who have received an exemption are as follows:
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). You are required to receive a COVID-19 test every week starting with the first week you arrive.
- Those who are partially vaccinated or not fully vaccinated must test weekly until they are fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose).
- Students who miss their weekly testing appointment will have their Phoenix Card deactivated and will not be allowed to attend classes.
You 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).
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). Students who miss their weekly testing appointment will have their Phoenix Card deactivated and will not be allowed to attend classes.
In order to remain eligible for classes and participating in university programs: Get your second dose as soon as possible, submit your vaccination form, upload your documentation, and complete this process. Be sure to wear your mask in indoor community spaces on campus.
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
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NEW Am I still considered 'fully vaccinated' if I don’t get a booster shot?
Yes. 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.
NEW Where can I get a booster?
There is ample supply of boosters across the state for those who are 12 and older. Visit myspot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer COVID-19 booster.
NEW Can I get a booster if I received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson?
Booster vaccines are not currently available for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We expect these approvals to come later this fall.
NEW Will Elon host booster vaccine clinics?
The university is working to be able to host booster vaccine clinics in November. In the meantime, students, faculty and staff can visit myspot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer COVID-19 booster in the area.
NEW 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, a new one will be provided to you. After you receive the shot, use Elon’s vaccination portal to upload your documentation — this capability should be available after Fall Break. 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.
NEW 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:
- Students: See the dates, locations and how to register for upcoming clinics.
- Staff and Faculty: Employees who wish to schedule a flu vaccine appointment on campus should visit the Faculty/Staff Wellness Clinic website for information and appointments.
NEW 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.
NEW 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).
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 Fall Semester 2021. 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. Testing and masking requirements for those who are unvaccinated will be determined by CDC guidance and announced prior to fall semester.
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:
- Minimal risk of contracting a breakthrough or symptomatic case of the virus.
- 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 Fall Semester 2021. The deadline date to receive the flu vaccine or exemption is Friday, Oct. 29. You can read more about this requirement, as well as information about on-campus clinics, here.