COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Vaccine Requirement

In response to full FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the University of Cincinnati will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The university is taking this step to promote the health and safety of our university community. Research shows vaccines are the most effective form of protection against COVID-19.  

All World Health Organization endorsed vaccines, including those in the U.S. made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, will fulfill the vaccine requirement. Booster shots may also be required in the future. 

Benefits of a Booster Dose

The university strongly encourages members of the UC community to get COVID-19 booster dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have authorized booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents and adults ages 16 years and older.

Boosters can offer added protection against COVID-19, particularly the Omicron variant, and maximize ongoing protection against infection. The CDC recommends that adults (18 years and older) receive either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 booster at least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series or two months after an initial dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine. According to the CDC, two doses of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine along with a booster dose are 75 percent effective against Omicron infection, while two doses alone provide only 35 percent protection against infection with the Omicron variant. 

For additional information about the COVID-19 booster dose, including answers to commonly asked questions, please visit the CDC or Ohio Department of Health websites. 

Act Now - Vaccination & Booster Opportunities

If you have not yet been vaccinated, or received a booster dose, COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies: 

University Health Services, on UC's Uptown campus, is offering vaccine (first and second dose) and booster doses. Please call 513-556-2564, option 2, to schedule an appointment.  

UC Health is offering vaccine appointments at multiple locations Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 513-584-DOSE (3673) to schedule an appointment.

You can also check vaccines.gov and gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a nearby vaccine provider and to schedule an appointment. 

 All vaccinated students, faculty and staff may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination using the COVID Check app or the web-based version of COVID Check app.  Please do not submit other personal information to this address.  

General Vaccine Information

  • The vaccine is free.  
  • The vaccine is safe and effective.  
  1. Currently, authorized COVID-19 vaccines are effective against infection, symptoms, severe disease and hospitalization due to the virus.
  2. Currently, authorized COVID vaccines provide protection against variants of concern
  3. Getting an authorized COVID vaccine reduces the severity of illness in vaccinated people who get COVID-19, compared to people who are unvaccinated.

Vaccine FAQs for students

Yes. For additional information, please visit the Vaccine Requirement page.  Currently, the booster dose is not required but strongly recommended.

No. The vaccine is free.

 

Proof of vaccination can be submitted using the COVID Check app or the web-based version of the UC COVID Check app as well as email to ucovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu. You will need to submit a photo of the front and back of your vaccination card.

Yes. If the submitted documentation is incomplete or if there seem to be errors, we may request that a student voluntarily request their medical provider to provide them with a vaccine print-out.

If any voluntarily submitted vaccination documentation were found to be deliberately falsified, that would potentially be referred to OSCCS.

Currently, voluntarily submitting proof of vaccination, review and verification require approximately 4 or 5 days, due to the volume of submissions. You will recieve a confirmation email once your documentation has been reviewed and verified.

Don't wait!

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those using the COVID Check app or the web version of the COVID Check app. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination or students who are required to test may also submit negative PCR tests).

Students or their parents moving into UC Housing may share a student's vaccination information with others if they choose to do so. 

If a student in UC Housing wishes to swap living arrangements / room mates, there is a standard process to do so. The university is not assigning housing based on vaccination status. (Students seeking an accommodation for a qualifying disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources.)

Call the UC COVID Check Response Team at:

  • (513) 558-1772
  • (513) 558-1773

Or email for assistance at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu