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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As we announced in a series of messages in 2021 (April 14 message, June 17 message and October 18 message), following the guidance of our Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Ranit Mishori, and our Public Health Advisory group, Georgetown University requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors participating in in-person instruction or other indoor activities on campus, in a University-owned, operated or leased facility, or any other location in the United States, and teleworking employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19..

Medical and religious exemptions are granted in accordance with federal and local law. Please see below for more details.

Vaccination is the most important tool to protect members of our community and to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection to individuals from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, from being hospitalized and from dying. Research also suggests that fully vaccinated individuals are much less likely to become infected or spread the virus to others. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

 

 

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Accepted Vaccines

To meet this requirement, students, faculty and staff need to submit documentation showing they have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). As of November 3, 2021, this combined list includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN.

Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized by the FDA or the WHO will need to be re-vaccinated with a FDA-authorized vaccine upon arrival on campus. Please email covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu for guidance on scheduling an appointment and receiving a deadline extension, and submit proof of your prior vaccination through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website.

Individuals who will not be fully vaccinated when they arrive on campus because COVID-19 vaccines are not available or widely accessible in their home country, or to their age group, will need to be vaccinated with a FDA-authorized vaccine upon arrival on campus. Please email covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu for guidance on scheduling an appointment and receiving a deadline extension.

Individuals who are being re-vaccinated, are in between doses, have received two doses but two weeks have not passed since their final dose or are being vaccinated for the first time on campus will need to request a deadline extension, and they must email covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu to coordinate their vaccination plan.

Individuals who receive a deadline extension will be able to participate in in-person activities and classes on campus while they are receiving their vaccination, but they will need to wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors, except in very limited circumstances such as when eating, or in their personal residence or a private office with a closed door) and participate in enhanced testing protocols until they have submitted documentation showing they are fully vaccinated.

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Students

For the Spring 2022 semester, students who are newly enrolled, coming to campus for the first time, or returning from leave must submit documentation showing they are fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption by December 3, 2021. Students enrolled in online programs that do not have any on-campus components are exempt from this requirement. International students should review the Accepted Vaccines section above for more information.

Students also need to submit all other required immunization records through the Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database Portal. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information.

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Faculty and Staff

All employees need to submit documentation showing they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website as described below. For the Spring 2022 semester, faculty and staff who are newly hired or who did not teach or work for Georgetown during the Fall 2021 semester must submit documentation showing they are fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption by December 3, 2021. Teleworking employees must submit their documentation by December 8, 2021. (The deadline for all other employees has passed.) If you need to request a medical or religious exemption, please follow the process described below. 

All staff and AAP employees, including part-time and temporary employees, are provided 88 hours (equal to 11 full-time working days) of COVID-19 Vaccination Paid Time Off (PTO), which is only to be used if an employee cannot work, either on campus or remotely, during their scheduled work hours because of the following reasons:

  • Vaccination Appointments: Up to 4 hours of COVID-19 Vaccination PTO per injection appointment, including primary vaccination dose(s) and booster(s), for the following individuals:
    • Employee’s appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
    • Employee’s minor child’s appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination (for the purposes of this policy, a “minor child” means a child under the age of 18 years who lives with an employee and for whom the employee permanently assumes and discharges parental responsibility, or a foster child under the age of 18 years).
  • Vaccination Recovery: Up to 16 hours of COVID-19 Vaccination PTO per vaccination appointment, available to be taken within the 2 days following a vaccination appointment, for the following individuals:
    • Employee’s own short-term side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
    • Employee’s minor child’s short-term side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Staff who have submitted their vaccination documentation have received two additional days of Vaccine Registration PTO to use by June 30, 2022.

As required by law, we have a process for faculty and staff to pursue medical or religious exemptions to this requirement. Individuals who are granted accommodations are required to comply with appropriate workplace restrictions, including the wearing of masks, social distancing indoors and participating in frequent COVID-19 testing. 

For others who remain unvaccinated and do not qualify for an accommodation, on a case-by-case basis, the University may offer reassignment to an alternative position or the employee may take a period of unpaid leave or use accrued paid time off.

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Religious and Medical Exemptions

Medical and religious exemptions are granted in accordance with federal and local law.

Students may request a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement by completing the exemption request form and submitting the information required.

Faculty and staff may request a medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement by completing the Disability Accommodation Request for Employees form and submitting the information required. Faculty and staff may request a religious exemption by completing the Religious Accommodation form

If a medical or religious waiver is granted, the student, faculty or staff member will receive an individualized accommodation with information on the public health measures that they will need to take, which will include following the University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol and COVID-19 Mask Guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.

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Booster Shots

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized and recommended booster shots for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines. Please review the vaccine-specific information below and get your booster shot when you become eligible.

If you received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated and in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The FDA and CDC have authorized and recommended a booster dose for all recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months after receiving the first dose. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as your initial dose, you may receive the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as your second dose.

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines

The FDA and CDC have authorized a booster dose for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for all adults aged 18 years and older at least six months after their second dose..

Booster vaccination for individuals who received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines is strongly recommended for older people and those who are immunocompromised. There is also accumulating evidence that receiving a booster shot offers additional protection for everyone, particularly for those working or living in settings that confer a high risk of transmission of the virus (e.g., healthcare and other frontline workers and individuals living in residential settings, such as university residence halls).

Where to Get a Booster Shot

We strongly encourage you to get your booster shot at your local pharmacy, community clinic or doctor’s office as soon as you are eligible. Pharmacies near our campuses currently have COVID-19 vaccination appointments available. Please visit Vaccines.gov to find the closest vaccination site to you. You can receive a booster shot without a prescription and at no charge to you after you self-attest that you fall under one of the above-mentioned categories.

If you receive a booster dose, please upload documentation of this dose via the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website

We are monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization about booster shots for other vaccines, including AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, and others, and will share information as it becomes available. If you received the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine, we recommend that you receive additional shots of an FDA-approved or authorized vaccine.

If you have any questions about getting a booster shot, please contact the University’s Care Navigator team at covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu.

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Submitting COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation

All members of our community must submit documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Please follow these instructions to submit your documentation. If you have already shared it with the Care Navigator team, you do not need to submit it again through GU360.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to these FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines, which we will continue to update regularly.

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Additional Vaccine Resources

Vaccines.gov

District of Columbia

Maryland

Virginia

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Messages to the Community

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Updated October 27, 2021