Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19
Which COVID vaccines are accepted?
We will accept any COVID vaccine that has been given emergency use authorization by WHO. You can follow the status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process.
I am abroad and the vaccine is not available. Can I get vaccinated when I arrive?
International students that cannot obtain a COVID vaccine are encouraged to plan ahead and schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccine upon arrival in the US. Once vaccinated, upload your COVID vaccine information on the Patient Portal by clicking on the Medical Clearance tab.
What if I already received a COVID-19 vaccines not authorized in the United States, do I need to get revaccinated?
Not necessarily. People who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by either FDA or WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.
As of August 13, 2021, WHO has listed the following vaccines for emergency use:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (also known as Comirnaty, tozinameran)
- AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines (also known as ChAdOx1-S, Covishield, Vaxzevria)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (also known as Spikevax)
- Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine (also known as BBIBP-CorV)
- Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine (also known as CoronaVac)
What if I received a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO?
People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.
I am an international student. Where should I submit my documentation for my COVID-19 vaccination for clearance/ compliance?
Students can upload their COVID vaccine information now on the Patient Portal by clicking on the Medical Clearance tab.
I cannot come back to campus three to four weeks before school starts, and I can’t access any vaccine in my country. Will I be allowed on campus?
Yes. You will be allowed on campus but will be referred to a vaccine site to get vaccinated immediately, unless you qualify for a University-approved exception or deferral. Until you are fully vaccinated, you will be subject to the non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) described in Appendix A: COVID-19 Prevention Strategiesfor unvaccinated individuals. Additional safety measures may be deemed necessary, depending on the circumstances, by local public health, environmental health and safety, occupational health, or infection prevention authorities, including the Location Vaccine Authority.