COVID-19 Vaccination

As part of the University of Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement, the University is requiring students and employees to receive a COVID-19 booster shot once they are eligible, unless they have an approved exemption.

To meet the booster shot requirement,

  • Students who are currently eligible for a booster must, by January 24, 2022, take one of the steps outlined in the student email.

  • Employees who are currently eligible for a booster must, by January 31, 2022, take one of the steps outlined in the employee email.

We encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible. Visit vaccines.gov to find a nearby authorized provider of vaccine booster shots.

Booster Status Confirmation

To meet the booster shot requirement, individuals who are currently eligible for a booster must take one of the following steps:

  • Upload proof of receiving a booster shot by logging into the my.WellnessPortal and following these steps. If you received your booster at UChicago Medicine or UChicago Student Wellness, you still need to upload your vaccine card/record using this system.

  • Apply for a medical or religious exemption by completing and submitting the corresponding form.
    • Students: Forms can be found through the UChicago Student Wellness immunizations webpage and must be submitted through the my.WellnessPortal. If you previously received a medical or religious exemption, you do not need to submit another form.  Students who recently tested positive for COVID-19 can receive a 90-day exemption from the booster requirement by emailing a copy of their test results to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu
    • Employees: Apply for a medical or religious exemption by completing and submitting the corresponding form. If you previously received a medical or religious exemption, you do not need to submit another form. Employees who recently tested positive for COVID-19 can receive a 90-day exemption from the booster requirement by emailing a copy of their test results to c19exemptionrequest@uchicago.edu
  • Apply or reapply for a remote-only exemption.
    • Students: Complete and submit this form. Students must re-apply for remote-only exemptions on a quarterly basis. Remote-only means that you will not have access to University facilities in the Chicago area.
    • Employees: Complete and submit this form. Individuals must re-apply for remote-only exemptions no later than fourteen (14) days before they expire. Remote-only means that you will not have access to University facilities in the Chicago area.

GETTING A COVID-19 VACCINE OR BOOSTER SHOT

COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are available in the U.S. Because booster shots are being widely distributed, the best way to schedule a booster shot often is through neighborhood pharmacies and other local providers, including locations throughout the Chicago region. You can find a nearby vaccine site by visiting vaccines.gov. Both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot are available at most neighborhood pharmacies.

More Information

For additional questions related to COVID-19 vaccination requirements at UChicago, vaccine safety and efficacy, and the vaccines that satisfy the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, visit the vaccine FAQs.

Additional information is available on the UChicago Medicine website and through the following links:

– Page last updated on December 31, 2021