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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As President DeGioia shared in his April 14 message and June 17 message, following the guidance of our Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Ranit Mishori, and our Public Health Advisory group, and in consultation with student, staff and faculty leaders, all students, faculty and staff who will be on one of Georgetown’s campuses or in a University-owned or operated building in Washington, DC, this fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medical and religious exemptions will be 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.

Georgetown University is now able to vaccinate students, faculty and staff on campus, at no cost to community members. Vaccines are available by appointment only on a rolling basis. If you are interested in getting vaccinated on campus, sign up for a vaccination appointment. Widespread access to vaccines in our region means that no member of our community should be concerned about access to vaccines in order to adhere to this requirement.

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Accepted Vaccines

To meet this requirement, students, faculty and staff will 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 June 17, this combined list includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, Sinopharm and Sinovac. The FDA and WHO may authorize additional vaccines in the coming weeks and months.

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 for the Fall 2021 semester 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

Students need to submit their COVID-19 vaccination documentation through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website by August 1, 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.

In addition, students need to submit all other required immunization records through the Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database Portal by August 1, 2021. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information.

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Key Dates for Students

June 20If you are receiving the Moderna vaccine (two-dose series), you should get your first dose by this date so that you have time to receive both doses (28 days apart) and allow two weeks after the second dose to become fully vaccinated by August 1.
June 27If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccine (two-dose series), you should get your first dose by this date so that you have time to receive both doses (21 days apart) and allow two weeks after the second dose to become fully vaccinated by August 1.
July 18If you are receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose), you should receive it by this date and allow two weeks to become fully vaccinated by August 1.
July 19Requests for a medical or religious exemption must be submitted by this date. Additional requests will be considered on a rolling basis after this date. However, all students are encouraged to submit any exemption requests as soon as possible.
August 1Documentation showing that you are fully vaccinated must be submitted through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website by this date. Please follow these instructions to submit your documentation. International students should review the Accepted Vaccines section below for more information.
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Faculty and Staff

All employees need to submit proof of vaccination, through GU360 as described below, by August 9, 2021. If you need to request a medical or religious exemption, please follow the process described below. If you do not need to request a medical or religious exemption but extenuating circumstances will prevent you from being fully vaccinated by August 9, 2021, please contact the Public Health team at covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu to coordinate your vaccination plan and receive a deadline extension. While you complete the vaccination process, you will need to wear a mask at all times while on campus (indoors and outdoors) and participate in an enhanced testing protocol until you have submitted documentation showing that you are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination is required for everyone who returns to campus, in any capacity, this fall. An employee’s work mode will be determined based on the nature of their position, rather than vaccination status. If an employee’s mode of work is designated as fully telework, and they do not anticipate regularly accessing campus or participating in any in-person University-related activity, they do not need to be vaccinated, but we strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. If a fully-telework employee needs to visit campus this fall, they will need to follow all visitor protocols in place at the time.

Staff may use COVID-19 PTO for their vaccination appointment and to recover from any short-term side effects of the vaccine. If a staff member has already used all of their COVID-19 PTO, they may request to use donated PTO by completing a time off request in GMS through the Request Donated PTO time off plan.

Staff will receive two additional days of paid time off after they have submitted documentation showing that they have been fully vaccinated, which they can use at any time this coming year.

As required by law, we will ensure that there is a process for those who may wish to pursue medical or religious exemptions to this requirement. Individuals who are granted accommodations will be 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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Key Dates for Faculty and Staff

June 28If you are receiving the Moderna vaccine (two-dose series), you should get your first dose by this date so that you have time to receive both doses (28 days apart) and allow two weeks after the second dose to become fully vaccinated by August 9.
July 5If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccine (two-dose series), you should get your first dose by this date so that you have time to receive both doses (21 days apart) and allow two weeks after the second dose to become fully vaccinated by August 9.
July 26If you are receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose), you should receive it by this date and allow two weeks to become fully vaccinated by August 9.
July 26Requests for a medical or religious exemption must be submitted by this date. Additional requests will be considered on a rolling basis after this date. However, all employees are encouraged to submit any exemption requests as soon as possible.
August 9Documentation showing that you are fully vaccinated must be submitted through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website by this date. Please follow these instructions to submit your documentation.
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Religious and Medical Exemptions

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

Requests for a medical or religious exemption must be submitted by Monday, July 19, 2021, for students, and Monday, July 26, 2021 for employees. Additional requests will be considered on a rolling basis after these dates. However, all students and employees are encouraged to submit any exemption requests as soon as possible.

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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Submitting COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation

We encourage all members of our community to 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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On-Campus Vaccination

Georgetown University is now able to vaccinate students, faculty and staff on campus, at no cost to community members. Vaccines will be available on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in getting vaccinated on campus, sign up for a vaccination appointment.

We are deeply grateful to our partners at the DC Department of Health for enabling us to offer this opportunity to our community.

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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 June 17, 2021