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Student COVID Vaccination FAQ

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Requirements and deadlines

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for students?
Stanford will require all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, we urge all students who will be on campus this summer to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We will help arriving students obtain a vaccination if they have been unable to obtain one at their home location, and we will accommodate those who cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Vaccination resources are listed here.

Are students currently living outside the United States required to get a vaccine that is approved in the United States by the FDA?
We recommend that students get vaccinated as soon as they can with whatever vaccine is available to them. We will offer revaccination to students, if that becomes necessary, after they arrive at Stanford. We are working on these arrangements and will provide more information later.

What is the deadline for students to confirm they have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • The deadline for all undergraduates who will be enrolled during the 2021-22 academic year is July 23, 2021.
  • The deadline for all graduate and professional students who will be enrolled during the 2021-22 academic year is July 30, 2021.
  • More information on submitting your immunization record is below.

What is the deadline to request an extension (for students unable to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations in their home locations) or exemption (for medical or religious reasons)?

  • The deadline for undergraduates requesting an extension or exemption is July 23, 2021.
  • The deadline for graduate and professional students requesting an extension or exemption is July 30, 2021.
  • More information on extensions and exemptions is below.

What happens if a student does not meet these deadlines?
If you do not meet Stanford’s health requirements, including a COVID-19 vaccination, and do not request an extension or exemption by the deadline, Vaden Medical Services will place a hold on your Axess account in advance of Axess opening for fall class registration. The hold on Axess will prevent your ability to register for classes. Your research or teaching assistantship or fellowship support also may be affected until you are able to register for classes. The hold will not affect your admission status, your eligibility to attend Stanford, your participation in the campus housing process, or your access to services such as Vaden Medical Service and the Office of Accessible Education. Here is where you can submit your questions regarding to your specific circumstances.

Why are the deadlines in July when classes begin in September?
These deadlines were set to give the university time to verify students’ health records before Axess opens for registration for fall quarter. Axess opens for some professional students in mid-August. The 2021-22 academic calendar is posted here.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for non-student partners, spouses and children
COVID-19 vaccinations for non-student partners and spouses living in RD&E-assigned housing are strongly recommended but not required.

Submitting Your Immunization Record

What is needed to prove that I am vaccinated? 

Students vaccinated in the United States should upload their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Students vaccinated outside the United States are permitted to upload documentation from other countries.

How do I submit my immunization record?

Sign in to the Vaden patient portal and follow the instructions to upload a copy of your documentation and enter the dates of vaccination(s). 

Why is Health Check also asking for COVID vaccination information? 

Responding to this question in Health Check is voluntary at this time and is unrelated to meeting the university’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. More information is here.

Extensions for students unable to get vaccinated in their home locations

What do I do if I cannot get vaccinated in my home location? Will I receive an extension so that I can register for classes?
We will help arriving students obtain their vaccinations if they have been unable to obtain one at their home location. Students in this situation must request an extension, but they will need to be vaccinated immediately upon their arrival on campus and adhere to testing and other potential public health requirements until their vaccinations are fully effective.

You may request an extension here. The deadlines are the same as the COVID vaccination deadlines. More information on vaccination providers in the United States is here.

How will travel quarantine work for international students?
We are working on resolving this question and will provide more information later.

Exemptions for medical or religious reasons

What do I do if I cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons?
We will accommodate students who cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Students in this situation must request an exemption and, if approved, will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and other potential public health requirements.

The medical exemption form is here. The religious exemption form is here. The deadlines are the same as the COVID vaccination deadlines.

What do I do if I do not want to be vaccinated? Who do I inform and how?
Exemptions, for other than religious or medical reasons, are not accepted for the required vaccinations.