I write today to share additional information about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. I am also very happy to announce that students, faculty and staff are now able to get vaccinated on campus, at no cost. Please see the details below.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
As President DeGioia shared in his April 14 message, we will require undergraduate, graduate and professional students to be fully immunized prior to the Fall 2021 semester. Students enrolled in online programs that do not have any on-campus components are exempt from this requirement.
To meet this requirement, students will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, this combined list includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD and Sinopharm. The FDA and WHO may authorize additional vaccines in the coming weeks and months.
If you are not able to receive one of these vaccines at this time, we encourage you to receive the vaccine that is available to you at the earliest opportunity in order to protect yourselves, your family and others. We will help students who have not been vaccinated or who have received a vaccine that has not been authorized by the FDA or WHO to get an authorized vaccine on campus upon arrival. Please refer to this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for more information.
We recognize our international students face unique challenges and uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Please review the CDC’s international travel guidelines. We will provide updated information about traveling to DC, including testing and quarantine requirements, as it becomes available closer to the Fall semester.
Please also make sure your health information and other immunization records are up-to-date in the Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database Portal.
Medical and Religious Exemptions
As with all of our existing vaccination requirements for students, medical and religious exemptions will be 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.
On-Campus Vaccination Clinic
We are now able to vaccinate students, faculty and staff on campus, at no cost to community members. Vaccines will be available on a rolling basis.
At this time, the vaccine that will be administered is the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna. After receiving your first vaccine, you can make an appointment for the second vaccine for 28 days later. You must receive both shots to be fully vaccinated.
If you are interested in getting vaccinated on campus, please email email@example.com to indicate your interest, and we will follow up to provide additional details.
We are deeply grateful to our partners at the DC Department of Health for enabling us to offer this opportunity to our community.
We will provide more details about future clinics throughout the summer.
Please refer to the University’s COVID-19 Vaccines web page and answers to frequently asked questions for more information. Please contact the Care Navigator team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We will share additional updates about other health and safety measures soon. Thank you for your continued commitment to protect our Georgetown community as we prepare for a full return of our community this year.
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS, FAAFP
Chief Public Health Officer