COVID-19 Immunization Requirements
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
NEW! All undergraduate and graduate students in full-time and part-time face-to-face programs must be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, with limited medical and religious exceptions. This applies to both full- and part-time students who spend time on campus, whether they live or work on campus or off campus. Students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Medicine must also be vaccinated for clinical placements as must students planning for university-related domestic or international travel.
Students enrolled through Drexel University Online (DUO) and who will NOT be on campus for any other reason will not be required to provide proof of vaccination but are strongly encouraged to vaccinate for their own and others’ safety.
Students may request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons (see below).
Students are expected to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. International students not able to access an acceptable vaccine will be counseled and assisted through Drexel Student Health. Students receiving vaccine at the start of the term may be required to quarantine and receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to receiving a vaccine or starting in-person classes/activities.
Non-exempt students who fail to comply with COVID-19 immunization may result in being restricted from campus facilities including Drexel University campus housing and undergo further disciplinary actions including dismissal from the University.
Drexel accepts all COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized or approved by the United States FDA. A list of FDA-authorized vaccines can be found here: Different COVID-19 Vaccines.
Drexel will accept documentation of receipt of a non-U.S.-authorized COVID vaccine that meets either of the below criteria:
- The vaccine has been authorized by a national regulatory agency classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “stringent regulatory authority (SRA)” or by the European Medication Agency: WHO | List of Stringent Regulatory Authorities (SRAs).
- The vaccine has been “pre-qualified” or authorized for “Emergency Use Listing” by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. The word "finalized" must appear under Status of Assessment. The WHO vaccine evaluation list can be found on the WHO's Emergency Use Listing for COVID-19 Vaccines page, under the Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process link.
Providing Proof of COVID-19 Immunization
In order to meet compliance you must upload an image of your documented vaccines and enter the dates they were administered as well as the type of vaccine using the Drexel Health Checker. If you are unable to access the App, you can utilize the web-based version of the Health Checker.
- Download the Drexel Health Checker App. and register using your Drexel email (format abc123@Drexel.edu)
- Click “More” in the bottom right corner.
- Select “Vaccine Records.”
- Choose the vaccine type from the drop-down menu, enter the date of your dose and lot number, and then upload a photo of your record.
- You must ensure the dates you enter match the dates on your card. Click “Save.”
- If you receive a two-dose vaccine, you will need to record your first dose before you can add your final dose.
- An image of the vaccine card or documentation must be uploaded to meet compliance.
Obtaining a COVID-19 Vaccine
Drexel is holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus. For clinic locations, visit our COVID-19 Vaccination page. If no clinics are listed, you can visit Vaccines.gov to conveniently find a vaccination site anywhere in the United States.
COVID Immunization Exemption
Drexel will allow COVID-19 vaccine exemption based on clearly documented medical or religious grounds. Only authorized Drexel personnel will know that you have been granted an exemption unless you volunteer this information to others. To apply for a vaccine exemption, CLICK HERE and follow the guidance provided. Exemption requests take up to 2 weeks to process. Should you be granted exemption to COVID-19 immunization, you will be enrolled in a mandatory weekly COVID-19 screening program and be required to follow additional guidance for your protection which will be provided at the time exemption is granted.
Approved exemptions are only valid for general University entry. Your individual Academic Program, including those that require access to a clinical setting, or certain campus activities may require additional analysis regarding the reasonableness of your exemption request based on those specific circumstances. As such, you should reach out immediately to your Program Director or Department Head for specific information about your Program’s requirements.
Students in a College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) program with a clinical component should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if the exemption will impact their progression in the program.
If you have additional questions about applying for a COVID-19 Vaccine exemption, please contact email@example.com.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination page on Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus site.