COVID-19 Vaccination

Starting with Autumn Quarter 2021, the University of Chicago is implementing COVID-19 vaccination-related requirements for employees and students. Further information is available below and additional details can be found in the corresponding announcements for students and for University employees, and in the University’s Vaccination FAQs. Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.

Vaccination Status Confirmation

All University employees and students were required to upload proof of their COVID-19 vaccination in the University’s registry by the following dates:

  • Employees: August 13
    • University employees who have not uploaded proof of their vaccination status must, by October 15, take one of the following steps:
      • Upload proof of full vaccination by following these steps, OR
      • Apply for a medical or religious exemption by using these forms and submit for approval to C19ExemptionRequest@uchicago.edu, OR
      • Employees who are still in the process of being vaccinated must upload a copy of their vaccine appointment confirmation using the same steps as would be used to upload COVID vaccine documentation, but do not enter the date(s) of administration. Once fully vaccinated, employees must use the same steps to upload final vaccination documentation. Employees who are in the process of being vaccinated must receive their second dose by October 29.
  • Students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in June, July, or August: August 1
    • This includes early-arrival fall athletes and anyone in classes, labs, pre-matriculation, pre-orientation, orientation, University-sponsored trips, or other programs.
  • All other students: September 1

For members who have not uploaded  your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, please follow these steps:

  • Go to my.WellnessPortal, the secure, HIPAA-compliant medical records system for UChicago Student Wellness. UChicago Student Wellness is coordinating the University-wide vaccination registry process.
  • Upload a photo of your vaccine card or screenshot/copy of your electronic medical record showing that you have been vaccinated. Your documentation must include all relevant information in English and must clearly state the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) each dose was administered.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for submitting your documentation. If you received your vaccine at UChicago Medicine or UChicago Student Wellness, you still need to upload your vaccine card/record using this system.

After uploading your documentation, your status in the my.WellnessPortal will change to “Awaiting Review” until your record has been verified. Documentation typically takes 14 business days to review. If further action is required, you will receive a secure message in the portal as well as an email to your uchicago.edu address with further instructions.

Once your documentation has been verified and approved, your status will change to “Compliant,” and you will have fulfilled the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

COVID-19 Vaccination Options

We encourage all members of the University community to be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, whether through our dedicated vaccine clinic or through other providers. There are many options for vaccination appointments, which are now widely available in the U.S. These opportunities include:

  • UChicago Medicine– Thanks to increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines, UChicago Medicine is able to vaccinate all Chicago residents 12 and older. Call 773-834-8221 to make an appointment. Adult patients with MyChart accounts also may schedule appointments through MyChart.
  • UChicago Student Wellness– Students can make an appointment online through the my.WellnessPortal (click on “Check-In or Schedule an Appointment” > “Medical Appointments” > “Health Maintenance” > “COVID Vaccine”).
  • Other Local Providers- Vaccines are also widely available in all communities in our region. Patients who don’t want to wait until their next UChicago Medicine appointment can search for other vaccine sites by visiting vaccines.gov, calling the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931, or by visiting the IDPH website. 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 October 18, 2021