COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

What COVID-19 vaccines are approved by the University of Notre Dame?

How do I access Online Student Health, the patient portal?

Visit Online Student Health to enter your vaccination records.

How can I upload my COVID-19 vaccination records?

Documentation of your vaccination should be completed prior to arrival on campus. NOTE: You should upload your documentation for your first dose immediately upon completion; and return later to the UHS Patient Portal to upload your second dose when it has been completed. This informs staff of those who may still be "in the process" of completion.

Visit the “Online Student Health” tab on the left-hand side of our homepage to enter your Patient Portal. After logging in, go to the “My Forms” section and complete the form using these instructions:

  1. Click on COVID Vaccination - Student Form. If you do not have the form, email A staff member will republish your form within 24 hours. 
  2. Make sure your card has your name, manufacturer, date of vaccine, and lot number.
  3. Complete the form for dose one and dose two if applicable – remember, DO NOT submit information about vaccines you will receive at future dates.
  4. Attach a JPEG or PDF of your vaccination card to the form and submit.

If you are having trouble completing the form and attaching a copy of your card, take a screenshot of the error message and send it in an email to A staff member will then contact you directly.

How do I know if my form has been received and verified?

Once you enter and upload your information through the patient portal, our staff will review your records. Please allow 3 weeks for processing. If you are in the process of receiving a two-dose vaccine series, you will remain non-compliant until the second dose is submitted and reviewed. Follow the same directions as above to submit confirmation that you have received your second dose. 

Once we verify that you are fully compliant with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, you will receive a secure message through the patient portal indicating that you are compliant.

What if I received a non-approved COVID-19 vaccination in my country?

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently approved by the World Health Organization and want the University to accept your vaccine as part of your compliance, please send your request with the documentation of vaccination to

What if I cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination in my country?

Please complete this survey before arriving in South Bend, and we will be in touch to discuss your first vaccine appointment. If you are unable to complete the COVID-19 series prior to the term deadline, you will be granted a temporary extension to allow for the time needed to become fully immunized after arriving in the US.

Is there a deadline?

The deadline to submit the information for the fall 2021 semester is Thursday, July 15.  

However, if you are unable to submit documentation by Thursday, July 15 and plan to start classes on Monday, Aug. 23 or conduct research in the fall semester, you should plan to receive your first dose of a two-dose vaccine no later than Friday, July 23, or a one-dose vaccine no later than Thursday, Aug. 19.

What if I have a medical condition or religious considerations that prevent me from getting the COVID-19 vaccination?

Students with medical contraindications or religious concerns should email to request the proper forms to apply for a medical or religious exemption.

What if I have other circumstances that prevent me from getting the COVID-19 vaccination?

Students with other circumstances should email to request the proper forms.  

I don't want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Why do I need it?  

  • To protect the health and well-being of both individual students and the Notre Dame community, this vaccine is required. 
  • For information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC website.
  • Additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, including the consequences for failing to submit vaccination documentation or obtain an exemption, can be found here.
  • Any questions or concerns, please email