COVID-19 Vaccine Update
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.
The deadline for all UC students, faculty and staff to have at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is October 15, 2021. Those receiving a two-dose sequence must have received the second dose by November 15, 2021. 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.
University Health Services will be offering COVID-19 (Pfizer) vaccines for students seeking to start their primary vaccine series in the afternoons of:
- October 4
- October 11
- October 18
- November 15
The 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.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative.
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
- Please note that COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative.
- The vaccine is free.
- The vaccine is safe and effective. The CDC has found that COVID vaccines reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent in people who are fully vaccinated and 81 percent in people who are partially vaccinated. In this “Science Brief: COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination,” the CDC added more data based on numerous studies and concluded:
- Currently, authorized COVID-19 vaccines are effective against infection, symptoms, severe disease and hospitalization due to the virus.
- Currently, authorized COVID vaccines provide protection against variants of concern, including the B.1.1.7 strain that is predominant in the United States.
- 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. The deadline for all UC students, faculty and staff to have at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is October 15, 2021. Those receiving a two-dose sequence must have the second dose by November 15, 2021.
For additional information, please visit the Vaccine Requirement page.
No. The vaccine is free.
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.
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.)