Who is required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
All members of the campus community including, students, faculty and staff are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine under this policy. This mandate also applies to those students and employees
who learn and work remotely.
When do members of the ODU community need to be vaccinated by?
All members of the ODU community are required to show proof of full vaccination by November 15, 2021.
How and when can I report my vaccination status to the university?
The Office of Human Resources will begin accepting student, faculty and staff proof of vaccination beginning the week of Sept. 20. Please take this time to
locate your vaccination card so you are prepared to present it at the appropriate time. HR is in the process of scheduling numerous events across campus to collect this information.
Additional details regarding these events will be shared once they are finalized. While we prefer that you show your physical vaccination card, we will also accept a photo of your card. If you are unable to attend one of these events, you will be
able to visit the Office of Human Resources, located in Erskine Hall, room 136, to present proof of vaccination. If you work or learn remotely and are unable to visit campus, there will be an option for you to present proof virtually. More information
on these processes will be shared in the coming weeks.
Which vaccines are acceptable?
You may choose to receive any FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine, including vaccines approved under Emergency Use Authorization by the
FDA or WHO. These include the recently fully FDA approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as well as the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
How can I get vaccinated?
Students, faculty and staff may consider a number of options to get vaccinated. In addition to getting the vaccine free of charge at any of the local pharmacy providers in the area, including CVS, Walgreens and Kroger, members of the community also have the ability to get vaccinated through ODU’s partnership with Central Ohio Primary
Care. To schedule a vaccination appointment at the Care Forward Center in Peace Hall, contact the Wellness Center at 614-251-4570.
What if I choose not to get vaccinated?
Students who are not able to show proof of
full vaccination by Nov. 15, 2021 and who have not had an exemption request approved by the university will be able to complete the fall 2021 semester; however, those students will not be able to attend classes, events or access campus facilities
once the spring 2022 semester begins on Jan. 2, 2022. Please note there may be a grace period following the Nov. 15 date during which students can show proof of vaccination without being penalized.
Employees who are not able to show proof
of full vaccination by Nov. 15 and who have not had an exemption approved by the university will face disciplinary action starting at the beginning of the spring 2022 semester on Jan. 2, 2022, which could include termination of employment. Please
note there may be a grace period following the Nov. 15 date during which employees can show proof of vaccination without being penalized.
Please note that the university and Pandemic Task Force will evaluate compliance with this vaccination
requirement in light of public health and safety concerns and circumstances. ODU and the Pandemic Task Force reserve the right to alter these requirements and implement additional requirements.
Can I request an exemption?
Yes, you may request either a medical or a religious exemption. First, you may choose to request a medical exemption through submission of appropriate documentation from your treating
healthcare provider. Any health-related exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may also choose to request a religious exemption, which is based on your religious beliefs or practices. All student exemption forms should be submitted
to the Office of Student Development in an envelope marked “confidential” by no later than Oct. 15, 2021. Employee exemption forms should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources in an envelope marked "confidential" by no later than Oct. 15, 2021.
View the Medical Exemption Request Form (.pdf)
View the Religious Exemption Request Form (.pdf)
If your exemption is approved, you will continue to be required to wear a facemask at all times while inside campus facilities, even if the university updates its current protocol requiring all individuals to wear a facemask indoors. In addition, you
will be required to – and responsible for – seeking opportunities to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis and provide those test results to the university. Additional stipulations may apply.