Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who do not have another approved exemption, will still need to comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Exceptions apply for unvaccinated students who have tested positive within the 90-day window prior to the start of their on-campus activities for Autumn Quarter. To apply for this exemption, students must email their COVID-19 test results to email@example.com.
In limited circumstances, students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 may request a modification of the 90-day exemption. Students who wish to apply for such a modification must complete the Prior COVID-19 Exemption Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and additional documentation will be required, including proof of a prior COVID-19 test result.
The University is following current guidance from UChicago Medicine for students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19. If a student has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, they will need to postpone vaccination until that 90-day window has elapsed, if electing to be vaccinated through UChicago Medicine. If they are still symptomatic and infectious, they should postpone vaccination until they are well and no longer contagious. Also, anyone treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent therapy in the past 90 days should postpone vaccination until after the 90-day window has passed.
Students will be required to be vaccinated when this exemption expires if there are no other approved exemptions. After the 90-day window and until the student is fully vaccinated (two weeks after a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine), students will be subject to weekly testing and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures. The University will provide more information later this summer on the additional precautions required, including details on the weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing program.
The University may adapt this guidance as more information becomes available.