University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall academic term. This public health measure at the UO is a critical step in reducing the potential for serious illness.
UO COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
What You Need to Know
- UO requires students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of their fall academic term.
Students and employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement for medical, religious, philosophical, or other non-medical reasons.
- Unvaccinated UO students and employees, including those who are partially vaccinated or choose an exemption, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing.
- The deadlines to submit vaccination status or request an exemption are:
- Residence hall students - upon move-in and no later than September 14
- All employees outside of the School of Law - September 17
- All other students - September 27
- The UO will distribute $50,000 in prizes to eligible students who complete the vaccine requirement by Friday, September 10 by uploading their information.
- Students use myUOHealth to record their vaccine(s) or request an exemption.
- Employees complete a secure online form. The form is mobile-friendly and can be completed using any device.
- To encourage participation, any student who completes the vaccination requirement process by September 12 will be entered to win $50 Duck Bucks prizes.
- Information on UO employee and student vaccination rates is updated on a weekly basis.
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Students and employees comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement using separate process:
University of Oregon students and employees began arriving early on foot, bicycle and by car for the first of four University of Oregon COVID-19 vaccination clinics on April 21 at Autzen Stadium.
Are UO students and employees required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?
Yes. The UO requires students and employees who learn, work, or live on UO campuses and property to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 academic term. The UO will recognize exemption requests. Full details on the process for complying with the UO’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement are available on the Student Vaccination webpage and the Employee Vaccination webpage.
Can I seek an exemption to the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement?
Yes. UO will recognize both medical and non-medical exemptions to the vaccine requirement, consistent with state law. Non-medical exemptions include the informed decision to decline immunization due to religious belief, philosophical belief, or other personal reasons. Note that as of August 23, 2021, the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine.
Employees and students who seek an exemption must complete the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 vaccine exemption education module and acknowledge that they will be expected to continue taking additional safety measures as required for unvaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated UO students and employees, including those who are partially vaccinated or choose an exemption, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing among other additional safety measures.
How do I submit my proof of COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption?
There may be similar, separate processes within employee groups such as graduate employees, student employees, courtesy and emeritus faculty, and agency temporary employees. Please refer to the compliance action chart for more information.
See the "What if I lose my vaccine card" section if you cannot find your vaccine card.
What is the deadline for completing the COVID-19 vaccination requirement process?
- School of Law faculty and staff - August 13
- Law school JD and LLM students - August 13
- Residence hall students - upon move-in but no later than September 14
- All employees outside of the Law School - September 17
- All other students – September 27
I will not be fully vaccinated by the requirement deadline, but I intend to get vaccinated. What should I do?
You should submit the online form selecting the exemption option in order to comply with the vaccination requirement process by the established deadline.Once you are fully vaccinated, submit a new online form reporting your vaccination status. The new form will replace the previous submission.
What will happen if I do not complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirement process prior to the deadline?
The COVID-19 vaccination regulation is a university-wide requirement.
Students who do not submit their vaccination records through the myUOHealth portal by September 27 deadline will not be allowed to attend classes at the UO. All non-compliant students will also be subject to a registration hold on Tuesday, September 28, and dis-enrollment from university classes at the end of Week 1.
Employees who do not complete the vaccination requirement form by September 17 will be contacted to take immediate action to comply. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Follow up, discussion, and disciplinary action will begin immediately following the deadline.
If I chose to be exempted from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, what additional health precautions may I be required to take while on UO property?
Unvaccinated employees and students, including those who are partially vaccinated or choose an exemption, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing as well as additional COVID-19 safety measures.
The weekly testing requirement will take effect on Monday, September 27, the first of fall term classes. The free COVID-19 testing will be conducted on the Eugene campus by the UO Monitoring and Assessment Program. The PCR test uses a non-invasive saliva sample. Details are forthcoming about testing for our Portland and Charleston campuses
Can students who choose a vaccination exemption study remotely for fall term?
No. Most classes will be offered in-person only, without a concurrent virtual option. We will also offer select sections of online courses as we did pre-pandemic.
Unvaccinated employees and students will be required to take additional COVID-19 safety measures. These measures may include wearing face coverings, distancing from others, COVID-19 testing, isolating or quarantining if they are exposed to or contract COVID-19, or other public health measures.
We recognize that some students or instructors with disabilities or certain medical needs may require accommodations, which should be sought through Human Resources for employees and the Accessible Education Center for students.
If I request an exemption, and later I decide to get vaccinated, can I change my status?
Who will have access to the COVID-19 vaccination information I submit?
The information submitted in the online form will be accessed by a limited number of authorized university staff.
For employees only a limited number of authorized staff in Risk Management and university Human Resources will have access. For students only a limited number of authorized staff in Student Health Services will have access. This access is to assist students or employees completing the form, to conduct the weekly drawings, to assist with compliance of the UO vaccination policy as needed, and to provide verification of compliance to state and local public health officials, if requested.
University leadership and supervisors may receive high level summary data related to students and employees who have or have not taken required action. This includes names, percentages, or numbers of students and employees. They will not receive information on whether an individual is vaccinated or is exempt from the vaccination requirement. The university may also release unidentifiable aggregated data, for example, showing the percentage of students and employees who claimed exemptions.
I'm a parent and I want to ensure my student's vaccine records are up to date. How do I do that?
Due to privacy laws, the UO cannot check the status of your student's vaccine records for you. Instead, please have your student login to the myUOHealth Portal using their Duck ID and password. Then click on the "Immunization" tab and allow the system to load. Have your student use the arrows at the end of the blue bar that reads "COVID-19 Vaccine" to open the drop down menu to check to see if their vaccines are listed and are "verified." There may be an overall "Not Compliant" message in the tab so it's important to have your student make sure that all required vaccines are entered in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, and that they also complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire located in the "Forms" tab.
Will my supervisor or instructor know whether I am vaccinated for COVID-19 or if I opted to receive an exemption from the form I submit?
No. Supervisors and instructors will not be given information regarding whether an individual is vaccinated or is exempt from the vaccination requirement. See question above for more information.
How did the university reach this decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations?
University leadership consulted with experts and stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff before making this decision. It is based on scientific data that shows the COVID-19 vaccine effectively eliminates death or serious illness in nearly all COVID-19 infections.
Requiring vaccines, combined with other prevention measures, will help the university reach the highest level of protection possible, reduce infections, limit many of the disruptions of COVID-19, and safeguard the community. It will also allow students, faculty, and staff to return to the in-person and on-campus experience that is the cornerstone of academic success, student experience and research innovation.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Students: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Employees: Please first contact your supervisor or your unit’s HR Partner with questions. If they are unable to assist you, questions related to the online form or submission of your information can be directed to Risk Management at email@example.com. For all other questions, contact Employee & Labor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the UO accept vaccines other than those approved for use in the US?
The UO will accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). In keeping with the CDC’s clinical considerations guidance, those who’ve received a vaccine that has not been approved by the WHO will be offered a US-approved vaccine.
Does the UO’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement violate HIPAA laws?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a law that prevents health care professionals from sharing private health information without the patient’s permission. Generally, the law pertains to a health-care setting. It does not prohibit the UO, or other institutions or businesses, from setting a policy that requires people to disclose their own vaccination status. Individuals can then choose whether to disclose by showing proof of vaccination.
Are there any incentives available if I complete the vaccination process?
Yes. To encourage early submission, students who complete the vaccination recording process by September 12 will be entered into drawings to win $50 in Duck Bucks. Students only need to complete the vaccination process one time to be eligible for the weekly drawings. The sooner students upload their vaccine requirements, the more chances to win! To be eligible, students must upload their vaccination records to the myUOHealth portal or complete an exemption by September 12. The last drawing for Duck Bucks will take place September 13.
Benefits-eligible employees who verify through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) that they have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine by August 31 will receive $100 from PEBB. Visit the HR website for more information and instructions for claiming your payment through the PEBB process.
Can I work or attend class on campus this summer without being fully vaccinated?
Yes. However, you will be required to wear a face covering indoors and you will need to meet the vaccine requirement expectations, or request an exemption, before fall term begins.
For more information for international students related to the vaccine requirement and verification, as well as related travel questions, see International Student and Scholar Services’ Frequently Asked Questions.
Student Vaccination Requirement Questions
I am a student and I already uploaded my vaccination records to MyUOHealth. Do I need to do that again for fall term?
No. Students only need to upload their vaccination records once.
What will happen if a UO student does not meet the vaccination requirement by uploading their vaccination card or seeking an exemption before the start of fall term?
Students who do not submit their vaccination records through the myUOHealth portal by the September 27 deadline will not be allowed to attend classes at the UO. All non-compliant students will also be subject to a registration hold on Tuesday, September 28, and disenrollment from university classes at the end of Week 1.
If a hold has been placed on my student record, what is the process for removing it?
Students who receive a hold on their records must comply with vaccination recording requirements and either upload their vaccination records or seek an exemption by visiting the myUOHealth portal. Once you have completed the vaccination recording process, the hold on your account will be removed as soon as possible. For inquiries regarding holds, contact the registrar’s office at 541-346-2935 or by visiting the Office of the Registrar website.
Employee Vaccination Requirement Questions
Who is required to complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirement form?
All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and UO temporary employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form. Newly hired employees must complete the requirement within 30 days of their start date. There are some additional groups that will be handled separately; detailed information can be found on the Employee Vaccination Requirement Process webpage.
I work fully remotely; am I required to complete this process?
Yes. All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and UO temporary employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form, including those who work fully remotely (such as in another state.) More information can be found on the Employee Vaccination Requirement Process webpage.
If I was vaccinated at a UO-hosted vaccination clinic, such as Autzen Stadium or Matthew Knight Arena), am I still required to complete this process?
Yes. Regardless of where you received your COVID-19 vaccination, you are required to complete the process.
Do I need to provide a copy of my vaccination card or any other proof of vaccination in order to complete the process?
Currently, UO is not requiring employees to submit proof of vaccination. UO does reserve the right to ask for proof later, if needed.
What will happen if a UO employee does not complete the university's vaccination requirement process?
Employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement form by September 17 will be promptly contacted for further discussion and given an opportunity to take immediate action to comply. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Follow up, discussion, and disciplinary action for those out of compliance is expected to begin immediately following the deadline and will be resolved in short order.
General Vaccine Questions
Where can I get a vaccine?
You can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine through a county public health agency, pharmacy, or health care provider. Those living in Lane County can go to a Lane County Public Health clinic.
Will the UO be offering vaccinations to faculty, staff, and students?
The UO hosted several vaccination clinics for students and employees in spring 2021. The university may hold clinics on campus, but those details are not finalized. Individual are encouraged to receive a vaccination from their local pharmacy, health-care provider, or public health authority in their county as soon as possible.
Why is it important for everyone over the age of 12 to be vaccinated?
The vaccine allows your body’s immune system to develop an antibody response that may protect you from getting sick, or developing a severe illness if you do contract COVID-19. Clinical trials have shown the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and an important step in stopping the pandemic.
I was just vaccinated. If I take a COVID-19 test, will I test positive or get a false-positive result?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use or in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests (e.g., qPCR test used by MAP and most providers). Viral tests are used to see if you have a current infection. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results. (Source: CDC)
What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?
You are considered “fully vaccinated” after:
- 14 days after receiving a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
- 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccinations administered outside of the US must be “EOI accepted” by the World Health Association and have a fully completed series according to the manufacturer of the vaccine.
Does being vaccinated mean I no longer need to be tested for COVID-19?
A person who is vaccinated can still contract COVID-19, so vaccination status has no bearing on your need to be tested if you develop symptoms of the virus or on the community benefit of asymptomatic testing. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19 or as sick as you might without the vaccine. The UO’s Monitoring and Assessment Program will continue to offer free COVID-19 asymptomatic testing opportunities for all UO employees, students, and Eugene/Springfield community members, regardless of their vaccination status.
Do I need to still to wear a face covering if I have been fully vaccinated?
See the UO summer interim guidance for the most up-to-date information regarding face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Will I feel sick after my first or second doses?
After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. Side effects differ from person to person. You may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Please consider the possibility of a reaction as you register and arrange your schedule. Review Leave options and FAQs around how you can use paid sick leave. The CDC offers more information here about side effects.
What if I lose my vaccine card?
Tip: Take a picture of your card after receiving your first dose. This way, if it is misplaced or lost, you can use it when you arrive to the clinic to receive your second dose.
The UO cannot process a request for a replacement vaccine card, although students can still get their second shot without a card. To replace a lost card, submit an Adult Record Request through the Oregon Health Authority.
If you received your vaccination out of state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends contacting your state health department's immunization information system; your info should be added to that registry when you get vaccinated.
Am I completely immune from COVID-19 after I receive both doses of the vaccine?
No. Treat this vaccine like any other. You are never completely immune, but studies show that with COVID-19 vaccines, you have a significantly higher chance of fighting targeted viruses that attempt to enter your body two weeks after your second – or final – dose.
Where can I get more information about the COVID-19 vaccines?
The CDC has published important information regarding the recommended vaccines. Find more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.