COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All students are required to be fully vaccinated or receive an exemption before arriving on campus for the 2021-22 academic year. 

To meet the University’s requirement, students are required to have received two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, plus a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster (as the CDC has determined these are most effective against the Omicron variant), in order to be considered fully vaccinated. Students who have questions regarding the acceptance of a particular vaccine should contact University Health Services (UHS) at (574) 631-7497.

To find a convenient vaccination site near you, click here. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. Additionally, students can check their local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. If you have trouble accessing a US-approved vaccine in your home state or country, or have any questions regarding religious or medical exemptions, please call UHS at (574) 631-7497 or email immunizations@nd.edu at least four weeks prior to arrival.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Requirement

As an extension of the University’s existing COVID-19 vaccination requirement, the COVID-19 booster is required of all students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional, including students studying or performing research remotely and/or virtually - who have been fully vaccinated for more than six months by Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Current students may receive the booster vaccination at any off-campus location or at the University’s on-campus booster vaccination clinic from Tuesday, January 11 through Friday, January 14. The clinic will be hosted inside Gate 2 of the Edmund P. Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center (Joyce Center) and will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine. Please register in advance for an appointment here.

Documentation for students who receive the booster at the on-campus clinic or at University Health Services (UHS) will be automatically uploaded to the student’s UHS patient portal. Students who receive the booster at an off-campus location, including the Notre Dame Wellness Center, must manually upload a picture of their vaccine card to their UHS patient portal.

Documenting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

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 UHSTech@nd.edu. 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.

Documenting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Documentation for students who receive the booster at the on-campus clinic or at UHS will be automatically uploaded to the student’s UHS patient portal. Students who receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster at an off-campus location, including the Notre Dame Wellness Center, must upload documentation to their UHS patient portal.

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 Booster Dose and fill out the form in its entirety. 
  2. Make sure your card has your name, manufacturer, date of vaccine booster, and lot number.
  3. Attach a JPEG or PDF of your vaccination card to the form and submit. If you do not have your COVID vaccine card, please click here to obtain a copy of your card.

Exemptions

The University offers students the opportunity to apply for medical or religious exemptions. Exemptions are determined on a case-by-case basis, and each case must be supported by specific documentation. To request an exemption, students should email UHS at immunizations@nd.edu. Please make sure to include your NDID#.

Students who have already received an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are exempt from the booster requirement and do not need to reapply for a new exemption. Any student who does not already have an exemption but now needs one should email immunizations@nd.edu.

What do you do if you test positive at home?

If you have just tested positive for COVID please isolate in your current location and do not return to campus until your isolation period has expired. Also, it is important that you upload your positive PCR test result to your student health portal and contact University Health Services at 574-631-7497 to report your positive status. If UHS is closed, please leave a message and the medical team will return your call on Monday to discuss your next steps before returning to campus.

COVID-19 Testing

All testing, including entry testing, surveillance testing, and symptomatic testing is completed at the University Testing Center, located inside the Edmund P. Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center (Joyce Center). 

Students who are unvaccinated and received an exemption from the vaccination requirement are required to report for weekly surveillance testing throughout the fall semester. For students, surveillance testing will begin the week of August 23.

At this time, fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to weekly surveillance testing. However, should any member of the Notre Dame community be asked to present for surveillance testing, it is the individual’s responsibility to report as requested. 

Students experiencing a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell should complete the Student Symptomatic Test Request FormStudents who feel ill more generally (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) should immediately call UHS at (574) 631-7497.

Students who are identified as close contacts by contact tracers will be contacted directly.

Students living on campus who have been scheduled for a symptomatic test are encouraged to pack and bring a kit which includes toiletries, a thermometer, clothing, course materials, your computer/tablet, mobile phone, and accessories (chargers, network cables, earbuds, headphones, etc.).