What if I have a medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated?

Students who require an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination must complete this form (pdf). The deadline for spring semester 2022 is Sunday, January 30, 2022. Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test every seven days and wear a mask indoors even if UVM’s indoor mask regulations are amended during the semester.

I’m an international student and the vaccine available to me is from a different producer than those available in the U.S. Will UVM accept internationally approved vaccines?

UVM will accept any vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization. The WHO has developed a process for assessing unlicensed vaccines and therapeutics during public health emergencies. A number of COVID-19 vaccines not available in the U.S. have received emergency-use listing by the WHO. This document (pdf) shows the status of a wide range of international vaccines. You are able to get a booster of a different type of vaccine.

Will UVM be able to offer vaccines or boosters to students on campus?

UVM’s access to vaccines and boosters is dependent upon Vermont Department of Health policy and practice. While we hope to have access to vaccines and boosters for on-campus administration, we cannot guarantee this plan or the availability of any particular vaccine. We therefore suggest students receive their vaccine or booster shots at home before coming to campus or plan to go to a local vaccine and booster clinic when you arrive back on campus.

Does the mandatory vaccination and booster policy include Continuing and Distance Education students?

Every student in any program—undergraduate, graduate, medical and continuing and distance education—who is accessing UVM facilities or programs in person or online is required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or an exemption. Only students enrolled in fully on-line courses and living outside Chittenden County in the State of Vermont or outside of Vermont may request an exemption by completing this form (pdf). Contact Student Health Services for additional information at health@uvm.edu.

How long will students who are not fully vaccinated be required to test and wear a mask?

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to consult with our public health and infectious disease experts before we make changes to our protocols, based on the circumstances at the time. The testing and masking requirement for students who are granted a vaccination exemption will be in effect for the foreseeable future and until further notice.

Will I have to test for a period of time after I receive a booster?

You are not required to test for a period of time after you receive a booster.

What if I already had COVID-19?

Having COVID-19 in the past is not a substitute for getting a COVID vaccine because there is not enough data to support that the protection from COVID-19 illness is as robust and protective as the immune protection from the vaccine. You are required to get a vaccine and booster shot.

If I am an employee taking courses, am I required to get vaccinated and get a booster for COVID-19?

Yes, you are required to meet the student health immunization and vaccine requirements.

What if I will not be fully vaccinated by the time I enroll?

Contact Student Health Services at health@uvm.edu. You will be required to test every seven days and wear a mask indoors untill you are fully vaccinated.

What should I do if I am not vaccinated, but have an appointment scheduled to be vaccinated?

If you are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated (14 days after first dose for single-dose vaccines or 14 days after second dose for two-dose vaccines), but have an appointment to be vaccinated, you can enter that information by logging in using your NetID to https://mywellbeing.uvm.edu and click the “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information” button on the main screen.  You will receive reminders to submit proof of vaccination.  Any student not fully vaccinated or in the process of becoming fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption will not be permitted to enroll at UVM.


Information on other UVM immunization requirements is available from UVM Student Health Services.