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Last updated: 1/12/2022

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Requirements

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Consistent with scientific evidence on the importance of vaccine adoption to control spread of the virus, to the extent permissible by law, Carnegie Mellon University requires all students, as well as faculty and staff working in the United States, to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. 

All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster as of December 16, 2021 are required to upload the documentation and date of their booster to HealthConnect by February 16, 2022. Anyone becoming eligible from December 16 onward is required to upload the documentation and date of their booster for verification within 60 days of their eligibility.

This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as visiting, non-degree, guest, and cross-registered students, in U.S.-based programs and students participating in approved study abroad programs overseas. CMU faculty and staff members taking courses as a non-degree student must also be vaccinated.

Spring 2022 Information

Accepted Vaccines

CMU accepts all World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccines, in addition to the FDA-authorized vaccines in the U.S.

As of December 17, 2021, the WHO has listed Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Novavax/Covovax, CovishieldJanssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.

CMU's COVID-19 Vaccine Database

All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID- 19 and to upload the documentation and date of their booster to the CMU Vaccine Database in HealthConnect.

Booster Requirement

  • All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster as of December 16, 2021 are required to upload the documentation and date of their booster to HealthConnect by February 16, 2022. 
  • Anyone becoming eligible from December 16 onward is required to upload the documentation and date of their booster within 60 days of their eligibility.
  • Students who have received WHO-approved vaccines are strongly encouraged to get a Pfizer booster.

Exemptions

Anyone requesting to be exempted from vaccination or boosters will need to complete an application for exemption form:

• Students: medical, religious belief/strong moral or ethical conviction

• Faculty and staff: medical, religious belief/strong moral or ethical conviction

If you have already received an exemption from vaccination, you are automatically exempted from the booster requirement. If you are vaccinated but need to request exemption from a booster, an exemption form will need to be completed.

Those who are granted an exemption must comply with additional mitigation requirements in order to participate in campus life, including the use of facial coverings, as well as completion of the Daily Self-Assessment and weekly Tartan Testing. CMU’s global locations will communicate vaccine and mitigation requirements to their faculty and staff separately, consistent with their regional contexts.

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster

According to the CDC, getting a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Helps keep you from getting COVID-19 and is a safer way to help build protection

  • Allows you to start doing more (once you are fully vaccinated) 

  • Serves as an important tool to help stop the pandemic

Learn more from the CDC about the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine and the COVID-19 Booster.

Vaccine distribution information changes rapidly. This page will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.

CMU Joins Nationwide COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Carnegie Mellon is among hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide to accept the invitation from the White House and U.S. Department of Education to end the pandemic by joining the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.

Participating colleges commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated.

The three key commitments are:

  • Engage every student, faculty and staff member. Make sure every member of the campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.
  • Organize your college community. Lead the way by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of your college community vaccinated as possible.
  • Deliver vaccine access for all. Meet your community where it is: bring vaccines on site, and make it easy for students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated at sites nearby them this summer.

Thank you to Allegheny Health Network and Giant Eagle

We are grateful to Allegheny Health Network and Giant Eagle for their partnership and support in securing our CMU community of students, faculty, staff and vendors hundreds of dedicated vaccine appointments.

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