COVID-19 Vaccination

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines or request an exemption. This public health measure at the UO is a critical step in reducing the potential for serious illness.

UO COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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Students and employees comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement using separate processes.

Student Process

Students can use myUOHealth to upload their vaccine records or
to request an exemption.

Employee Process

Employees complete a secure online form and upload documentation.
The form is mobile-friendly and can be completed using any device.

UO vaccine clinics provide shots for students and employees

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, 2021 at Autzen Stadium.

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Vaccine FAQs

Vaccination Requirement

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 up to date or request a vaccine exemption. 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.

Note that as of August 23, 2021, the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine and as of January 31, 2022 the Moderna vaccine has been fully approved by the FDA.

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.

How do I submit my proof of COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption?

UO Students: Submit your information to university Health Services by using the myUOHealth student portal. Additional information is available on the Student Vaccination webpage.

UO Employees: Upload documentation and submit your information using this web form. Use this form if requesting an exemption from the booster shot requirement only. Additional information is available on the Employee Vaccination webpage.

What if my vaccination card is lost or damaged?

To report vaccine status, you may submit an alternative type of documentation listed below. Official documentation must include the type of vaccine administered, date(s) of administration, and the name of the healthcare professional(s) or clinic site(s) administering the vaccine(s). Pdf and jpg versions will be accepted.

Alternative proof of vaccination can include:

  • A copy of the record of immunization from a health care provider or pharmacy
  • A copy of medical records documenting the vaccination
  • A copy of immunization records from a public health or state immunization information system

To replace a lost card, contact your health care provider or the pharmacy/clinic where you received the vaccine. Individuals vaccinated in Oregon can submit an Adult Record Request through the Oregon Health Authority. You may also be able to request a copy of your immunization records through your primary healthcare provider.

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 information should be added to that registry when you get vaccinated.

Tip: Take a picture of your card after receiving each dose. This way, if it is misplaced, lost, or damaged you can use it when you arrive to the clinic to receive additional doses or as proof of vaccination for entry at designated events.

Who will have access to my COVID-19 vaccination-related information – vaccinated or exemption status? 

Only a limited number of university employees have access to the information provided by employees or students in response to the university’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. In general, the information will be disclosed only to employees who have a legitimate need to know the information in order to carry out the University’s compliance and public health requirements, for example to assist employees and students with completing the required form, to assist with compliance efforts including mandatory testing protocols, and to provide verification of compliance to state and local public health officials, if requested. 

The university may also release unidentifiable aggregated data showing the percentage of students and employees who are vaccinated. 

The university treats the information it collects on vaccination status and exemptions as sensitive personal information subject to applicable personnel policies such as the faculty records rule. The information is maintained in a private database with restricted access.   

If you choose an exemption to the primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, you are required to test weekly for COVID-19. Unit leaders receive a list each week of those who are required to participate in the weekly testing so they can assist with the management of this important safety protocol. Administering the testing program relies on coordination with unit leadership and supervisors for scheduling and oversight purposes, and it is consistent with the supervisor’s role in managing campus safety expectations and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures. These are legitimate needs as they require supervisors to work on behalf of IMT to protect health and safety by ensuring compliance with the testing protocol.   

Supervisors have been notified of the sensitive nature of this personal information. They are directed to maintain the information as confidential and use it only for permissible purposes including compliance.  

I am not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, but I intend to get vaccinated. What should I do?

Students: You should follow the instructions on the Student Vaccination webpage to submit your vaccination status.

Employees: You should complete your vaccination series to become up to date. Submit the online form to enter your current status. When you are up to date, complete the online form again and upload a photo of the front and back of your vaccine card. You may receive a reminder if you have not uploaded a photo of your card after the anticipated waiting period. If you have questions please email uovaccine@uoregon.edu.

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 UO students and employees, those who have not completed a primary vaccine series, those who choose an exemption, and newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process may be required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing among other additional safety measures.

The weekly testing requirement took effect on Monday, September 27, the first day of fall term classes. The free COVID-19 testing is conducted on the Eugene campus by the UO Monitoring and Assessment Program. The PCR test uses a non-invasive saliva sample. Those who study and work in Charleston or Portland receive testing kits for self-collection. The kits are sent to Eugene for analysis and resulting.

Can students who choose a vaccination exemption study remotely?

No. Most classes are offered in-person only, without a concurrent virtual option. We will also offer select sections of online courses as we did pre-pandemic.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated employees and students are required to take additional COVID-19 safety measures. These measures may include wearing face coverings, distancing from others, COVID-19 testing, isolating if 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?

Yes. Employees can resubmit vaccine information using the same form and uploading a copy of their vaccine card, and their status will be updated. Students can resubmit vaccine information using the steps outlined to upload vaccine records.

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.

How did the university reach the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations?

University leadership consulted with the local public health authority 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, 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 also allows students, faculty, and staff to have 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 immunization@uoregon.edu 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 uovaccine@uoregon.edu. For all other questions, contact Employee & Labor Relations at uoelr@uoregon.edu.

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, individuals who have received a vaccine that has not been approved by the WHO will be offered a US-approved vaccine.

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.

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.

What are the deadlines for completing the COVID-19 vaccination requirement process?

Spring term 2022 deadlines are:

  • New residence hall students - March 21
  • All new incoming students - March 28

Winter term 2022 deadlines were:

  • New residence hall students - December 21, 2021
  • Federal requirement for all employees - January 14, 2022
  • Booster shot requirement - March 18, 2022

Fall term 2021 deadlines were:

  • 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

Booster Shot Questions

Am I required to get a booster shot to meet the UO vaccine requirement? When is the booster shot requirement deadline?

All UO students, faculty, and staff are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines while includes getting a booster shot when eligible. Individuals are encouraged to receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

The booster requirement deadline was March 18, 2022. We strongly encourage anyone who has not already received their booster shot to do so as soon as they are able and eligible.

If you have had a recent COVID-19 infection, you should wait until you have completed your isolation period before getting a booster shot. For most people, this means after the five day isolation followed by five days of continued masking. Individuals should work with their health care provider if they have specific questions or concerns.

A second booster is now available for people over 50. Is a second booster required under the UO's vaccine requirement?

No. At this time the UO vaccine requirement is for a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine and one booster shot when eligible. We encourage individuals to check with their health care provider for guidance about whether to receive a second booster.

How should I share my booster shot information with UO?

Students: Log into MyUOHealth. Once logged in, go to the "immunization" tab and enter the dates of required vaccines. Go to the "upload" tab to upload documentation. This is the same process as reporting the initial vaccine doses.  

Employees: Fill out this online form and enter your primary dose vaccine information, a copy of your vaccine card, and your booster shot information. This is the same form used to verify your initial vaccine status. Details can be found on the Vaccination Requirement  - Employee Process webpage.

When should an individual get a booster shot?

Per the CDC, individuals over 12 should get a booster shot:

  • At least 5 months after the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • At least 2 months after the initial dose of a Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

Where can I get a booster shot?

COVID-19 vaccines are available in the Eugene/Springfield community through pharmacies, health care providers, and public health vaccine clinics. To avoid long wait times, please check with your health care provider or pharmacy to find out if they have COVID-19 vaccines available.

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) in partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are operating COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at Autzen Stadium. The clinics are open Thursday-Saturday 12:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to anyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. No appointments are needed. Entry location and directions are available on the UO map.

LCPH is offering booster shot clinics and provides a list of additional places that offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

If you are outside of the Lane County area, check with local public health agency, pharmacies, or healthcare providers about booster shot options and appointments in your area.

Does the booster shot need to be the same vaccine I received previously?

No. According to the CDC, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are preferred in most situations for booster shots regardless of the initial vaccine type. J&J may be used in some situations.

What if I am not yet eligible to receive a booster shot?

Make a plan to get a booster shot when you become eligible. If you were not eligible to get a booster shot by the March 18 deadline, you will have 30 days after you become eligible to meet the booster shot requirement.

Why are booster shots required at UO?

According to guidance from the CDC, though COVID-19 vaccines remain effective at preventing serious illness, their effectiveness to prevent milder illness decreases over time. Current data shows booster shots increase immune response to COVID-19.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get a booster?

If you have a current COVID-19 infection, you should wait until you have completed your isolation period before getting a booster shot. For most people, this means after the five day isolation followed by five days of continued masking. Individuals should work with their health care provider if they have specific questions or concerns.

The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19 because vaccines provide additional protection against serious illness.

When you're recovered and eligible, get your COVID-19 booster shot. Then complete the vaccination reporting form to upload your booster shot information. If you're unable to get your booster shot by the deadline due to illness, you may wait to get a booster shot until you are recovered or out of isolation.

I received a vaccine outside of the U.S. (or vaccine other than Pfizer/Moderna/J&J), is the booster shot eligibility/requirement different for me?

If you completed a WHO listed vaccine series, the CDC recommends a Pfizer booster shot at least 5 months after completing your primary series. The CDC provides additional information for individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines outside the US. For specific questions or concerns, contact your health care provider.

My booster shot appointment is after the deadline. Is there a way to report the appointment?

You do not need to report your appointment. Upload your booster shot information after you receive the shot. You may be contacted to provide additional information if it is beyond your eligibility date.

What should I do if I can't meet the UO booster shot deadline for COVID-related reasons (isolation/positive test/exposure)?

When you're recovered and eligible, get your COVID-19 booster shot. Then complete the vaccination reporting form to upload your booster shot information. If you're unable to get your booster shot by the deadline due to exposure or illness, you may wait to get a booster shot until you are recovered or out of quarantine or isolation.

You may be contacted after the deadline if you have not submitted your booster shot form and asked to provide more information.

I have an approved exemption for the primary vaccine doses. Do I need to take additional steps?

No further action is required at this time. You will continue to be required to test weekly.  

I received primary doses of a vaccine. Is there an option to request an exemption from the booster shot requirement?

Students and employees can request an exemption from the booster shot requirement. Instructions are available on the Student and Employee Vaccination Requirement webpages.


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 winter term?

Students only need to upload their primary vaccination records once. Students will need to upload their booster shot vaccination record when available.

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.


Employee Vaccination Requirement Questions

Who is required to complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirement form? Who are considered federal contractors?

All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, UO temporary employees, graduate employees, and student employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form and submit documentation. 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.

The federal vaccination requirement applies to employees of entities with federal contracts, which includes the University of Oregon. The federal regulation applies to all employees in the entire workplace setting.

I work fully remotely. Am I required to complete the vaccination requirement?

Yes. All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, UO temporary employees, graduate employees and student employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form and submit documentation, including those who work fully remotely (such as in another state.) More information can be found on the Employee Vaccination Requirement Process webpage.

Do I need to provide a copy of my vaccination card or any other proof of vaccination in order to complete the process?

Yes, you will need to upload a copy of your vaccination card or other official documentation that includes the type of vaccine administered, date(s) of administration, and the name of the health care professional(s) or clinic site(s) administering the vaccine(s).

I made a mistake when uploading documents. What should I do?

Complete the original submission. You will be contacted if you need to resubmit documents.

I have two cards, one for each dose. How should I upload these?

Upload one card as the front and one card as the back.

Can I seek an exemption to the UO COVID-19 vaccine requirement?

Yes. The federal requirement allows for religious or medical exemptions.

What documents/proof are required for a religious or medical exemption?

For a religious exemption, an individual must fill out and sign the COVID-19 Religious Exemption Request Form. The exemption request must be on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief and must include a statement describing the way in which the vaccination requirement conflicts with the religious observance, practice, or belief of the individual.

For a medical exemption, an individual and their healthcare provider must fill out and sign the COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request Form. The health care provider must certify that the individual has a physical or mental impairment that limits the individual's ability to receive a COVID-19 vaccination based on a specified medical condition.

Who will review and approve my exemption request?

The information will be disclosed only to a limited number of employees who have a legitimate need to know the information in order to carry out the university's compliance with the federal order. They will review the information and documentation in accordance with the established criteria to confirm approval. An employee will be contacted if further information is need to meet the criteria for approval.

The university treats the information it collects for COVID-19 vaccination exemption as sensitive personal information subject to applicable personnel policies such as the faculty records rule. The information is maintained in a private database with restricted access.

What is the time frame for acceptance of exemptions?

Upon receipt they will be reviewed in a timely manner and confirmation of approval will be provided within 5-10 business days.

What if I am partially vaccinated?

Please complete your vaccination series to become up to date. Complete the online form to enter your current status. Once you are up to date resubmit the online form and upload a copy of your vaccine card.  If you have questions email uovaccine@uoregon.edu.


General Vaccine Questions

Where can I get a vaccine or booster shot?

COVID-19 vaccines are available in the Eugene/Springfield community through pharmacies, health care providers, and public health vaccine clinics. To avoid long wait times, please check with your health care provider or pharmacy to find out if they have COVID-19 vaccines available.

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) in partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are operating COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at Autzen Stadium. The clinics are open Thursday-Saturday 12:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to anyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. No appointments are needed. Entry location and directions are available on the UO map.

LCPH is offering booster shot clinics and provides a list of additional places that offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

If you are outside of the Lane County area, check with local public health agency, pharmacies, or healthcare providers about booster shot options and appointments in your area.

Will the UO be offering vaccinations to faculty, staff, and students?

The UO hosted several vaccination clinics for students and employees in spring 2021. Individuals are encouraged to receive a vaccination from their local pharmacy, healthcare provider, or public health authority in their county as soon as possible.

COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at Autzen Stadium are operating Thursday-Sunday thanks to a partnership between LCPH and OHA.

Why is it important for everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated?

Vaccines allow 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. 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?

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use 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. In contrast antibody tests indicate the presence of antibodies which could mean you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Vaccination may result in a positive antibody test, but will not result in a positive viral test. (Source: CDC)

What does it mean to be “up to date”?

"Up to date" is a CDC vaccination status. You are considered “up to date” on COVID-19 vaccines when you are:

  • Boosted, or
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last five months,
  • Completed the primary dose of Johnson and Johnson/Janssen within the last two months.

The CDC provides additional guidance for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals.

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 testing opportunities for all UO employees, students, and Eugene/Springfield community members, regardless of their vaccination status.

Will I feel sick after my first, second, or booster dose?

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.

Am I completely immune from COVID-19 after I receive a vaccine?

No. Treat this vaccine like any other. You are never completely immune, but studies show that when individuals are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, they have a significantly higher chance of fighting targeted viruses and preventing severe illness.

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.