COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, Procedures and Exemption Process

The following message with updates related to vaccination procedures for faculty and professional staff was sent to the University community:


  • Per the new COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, all faculty and professional staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their return to campus, no later than August 1, 2021.
  • Medical, religious and other exemption requests will be considered.
  • Upload proof of your vaccine status through the Health Checker App. 
  • Drexel continues to offer resources to help with the return to campus.

Dear Colleagues,

As we look forward to welcoming our students and colleagues back on campus in the fall, we want to provide you with some additional guidance concerning vaccination against COVID-19. As announced in President Fry's communication on June 10, Drexel University is requiring all current faculty and  professional staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their return to campus, no later than August 1, 2021, in order to ensure the safety of our community.  

We know that safe and effective vaccination has created a path for our campus community to return to normalcy at our University. Over the past few months, thousands of Drexel students, faculty and professional staff have already been fully vaccinated, taking advantage of the many clinics held on campus or the increased availability of vaccine at countless area locations. This communication conveys further guidance concerning the COVID-19 immunization requirement for Drexel faculty and professional staff, as outlined in more detail in the new COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Who Must Be Vaccinated?
All faculty and professional staff members are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement involves all individuals in a paid status, including adjunct, casual/per-diem and temporary employees. New employees will receive information regarding the vaccination requirement upon offer of employment.

COVID-19 Immunization Compliance Deadlines
As previously communicated, all employees are expected to be fully vaccinated before August 1, 2021, which means at least 14 days must have passed since your final dose of vaccine by Aug. 1.

Unvaccinated persons remain at significant risk of serious illness with COVID-19. Those who are granted an exemption, have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, or do not provide required proof of vaccination will be required to comply with the University's health and safety protocols, which include, but are not limited to, daily symptom check-ins via the Drexel Health Checker App, weekly COVID screening tests and wearing masks while in Drexel owned or leased facilities. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, as outlined in the policy. 

Vaccine Exemptions
You may apply for an exemption through the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Process. Exemption requests may be granted for medical or religious purposes with approved documentation. Those who do not provide the University with their vaccine information must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Process. All who receive an exemption will be enrolled in a mandatory weekly COVID-19 screening program and required to follow additional guidance for your protection, which will be provided at the time exemption is granted. 

Providing Proof of Vaccination
To be exempt from weekly testing and additional safety measures at Drexel, it's crucial that you provide proof of vaccination in a timely manner. To do so, you should upload your information along with a picture of your vaccine card to the Drexel Health Checker App. If you have yet to download the app, now is the time. Always use your Drexel email to register in the app in the format of and avoid using any other email addresses. If you cannot provide your vaccine information via the Health Checker App, please visit Human Resources to provide your vaccine card to complete this process.

On the Drexel Health Checker App, after completing your daily check-in, 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. Click "Save." If you receive a two-dose vaccine, you will need to record your first dose before you can add your final dose. The dates you enter must match the dates on the vaccine card. 

If you have any questions about the exemption process or the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, please contact your HR Business Partner


Megan Weyler, 
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer