Elon announces vaccination policies for 2021-2022

All students will be required to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. See details...

Dear members of the Elon community,

As we prepare for a healthy, in-person and relationship-rich Fall Semester, we continue to rely on COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts. In line with CDC recommendations, we are striving to reach the goal of a fully vaccinated campus.

To achieve this, Elon University will require all students (undergraduate, law school and other graduate 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. Students must submit their documentation by the deadlines below.

Students who are not yet vaccinated should access the vaccination resources in their location. Information on getting vaccinated is available at: vaccines.gov.

Students may apply by July 9 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 assumption of risk form. Testing and masking requirements for those who are unvaccinated will be determined by CDC and North Carolina health department guidance and announced prior to fall semester.

Submission deadlines

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.

Elon Law and other graduate students should click here for information regarding submission deadlines.

How to submit your vaccination documentation

  • Students who have already uploaded their vaccination documentation should confirm their “fully vaccinated” status by logging into their My Readiness portal: https://www.elon.edu/elonsso/myreadiness. If your “fully vaccinated” status does not appear, please resubmit via the instructions below.
  • Students who have not yet uploaded their vaccination documentation, including first-year students, should complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form and attach a copy or image of their COVID-19 vaccination record cards. Instructions can be found here.

Elon employees

By mid-June, 82 percent of full-time faculty and staff on campus had submitted documentation of their vaccination. We continue to ask all employees to be vaccinated and to upload their documentation by August 1. Details about health and safety measures for those who are unvaccinated are determined by current CDC guidance and will continue to be updated accordingly.

Elon’s COVID-19 information website is being updated for Fall 2021, and we will continue to share information about campus operations and policies throughout the summer as necessary. Thank you for your attention as we plan for Fall Semester.

Jeff Stein, Ready and Resilient Committee Chair

  • Dan Anderson, Vice President of University Communications
  • Ginette Archinal, Medical Director of Student Health and University Physician
  • MarQuita Barker, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residence Life
  • John Barnhill, Associate Vice President for University Advancement
  • Tom Flood, Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant
  • Jason Husser, Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies, and Director of the Elon Poll (Academic Council Representative)
  • Deandra Little, Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Professor of English
  • Paul Miller, Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Communications and Professor of Exercise Science
  • Kelly Reimer, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
  • Carrie Ryan, Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services
  • Kelli Shuman, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Gabie Smith, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology
  • Mary Southern, Project Manager for Provost and Academic Affairs Operations (Project Manager)
  • Mike Ward, Deputy Director of Athletics
  • Randy Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Education