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Updated November 22, 2021

A highly vaccinated University of Minnesota community, combined with our continued mask requirement and other prevention efforts, makes possible the in-person classes, events, and social interactions that make our community vibrant and exciting. If you are not yet vaccinated, take steps to Get the Vax today!

Amidst this success, many in the University community would like more enforcement and certainty. At the same time, a U.S. presidential order and other published federal government regulations require proof of employee vaccinations.

Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Workers, Adjuncts, Professionals in Training, and Postdoctoral Associates

All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates must fill out “Report a Vaccination or Exemption”  in the My Info tab in MyU by 11:59 p.m. December 3, 2021. Please note that this step is required even if you have previously completed the University’s vaccine attestation form for employees or the vaccination form for students.

The form requires you submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Alternatively, you may submit documentation requesting a religious or medical exemption. 

Report a Vaccination or Exemption

1. Visit MyU
2. Select the My Info tab
3. Locate the Vaccination section to Report a Vaccination or Exemption

Step-by-Step Instructions for Submitting Proof of Vaccination
Request for Medical Exemption
Request for Religious Exemption

You need to upload proof of vaccination to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form if you:

  • previously attested to your vaccination status as an employee; or 
  • previously provided vaccination dates through the vaccination form for students. 

This is necessary due to changes in government regulations. We realize that this is an additional step given that you already provided some vaccination data, and we appreciate your attention to the requirement.

You do not need to upload proof of vaccination or exemption to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form if you:

  • have already filed a request for medical or religious exemption from vaccination through the student vaccination form; or
  • are a student learner through the Office of Graduate Medical Education and previously submitted proof of vaccination or a request for a medical or religious exemption.

Providing proof of vaccination or an exemption request is required by a federal executive order, which applies to the University. It also is responsive to requests from across the University community for increased verification of our community’s high vaccination rates. For new employees, who will also need to submit proof of vaccination, this approach is also consistent with the University’s efforts to protect public health.

If those covered by this process do not complete the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form, they will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and will face employment discipline. 

For more information about the process, please visit the Office of Human Resources website.

Questions about this process and expectations should be discussed with supervisors/managers or unit Human Resources leads. You can also call the Office of Human Resources Contact Center at 612-624-8647 (800-756-2362) or email [email protected].

View Vaccine FAQs below

Students (Not Employed by the University)

All University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option who are not employed by the University) must complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form if they have not done so already to lift the hold on academic records. The form, originally required early in Fall 2021, asks students to submit their vaccination information or submit documentation of a religious or medical exemption. Students can determine if there is a hold on their account at One Stop Student Services.

Students who do not complete the Vaccination Form or an exemption will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and prohibited from registering for future classes, including for Spring 2022. 

If you have questions about the student vaccination requirement, please view the FAQ below.

View Vaccine FAQs below




Vaccine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about vaccines, how to be vaccinated, and guidelines for students, faculty, and staff.

Proof of Vaccination

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Who is required to provide proof of vaccination?

Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates systemwide are required to provide proof of vaccination or a religious or medical exemption. The process is slightly different for each group and is outlined below. 

Please note: At this time, there is no requirement for visitors, guests and contractors to provide proof of vaccination. 

What is the deadline to comply with this process?

The University’s deadline is 11:59 p.m. on December 3, 2021. New employees must be fully vaccinated or submit a medical or religious exemption before their first day of work.

Why is the University setting a deadline of December 3?

The University set this deadline to allow sufficient time to process all of the necessary exemption documents, follow-up with employees on any missing or incomplete proof of vaccination, and ensure full compliance with federal requirements. With the upcoming holiday season and the break between fall and spring semesters, this early deadline was necessary.

What vaccines are acceptable to meet this requirement?

Acceptable COVID-19 Vaccines are those approved or authorized for use by the World Health Organization or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines meeting this definition currently include Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran), Moderna (Spikevax), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria), Bharat Biotech/Covaxin, Serum Institution of India/Covishield, Sinopharm/Beijing (Covilo), and Sinovac/CoronaVac.

How do I submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

When you click on the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form in the My Info tab of MyU, you will be asked to submit a photo or file of another acceptable form of proof of vaccination to confirm you have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose). Please note, if you received a two-dose shot, you must complete the form and upload proof twice, once for each dose.

For more information about the process, please visit the OHR website

I don’t have access to the technology necessary to submit my proof of vaccination. Who can help me?

Talk to your supervisor, who can connect you with your unit HR staff. Unit HR staff will be able to assist you with completing the process.

What constitutes proof of vaccination?

Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a COVID-19 vaccination card; an immunization record from a healthcare provider, pharmacy, public health, or state immunization site; medical records; or any official document that verifies the name of the vaccine, dates of vaccination, and the name of the vaccine provider. The Minnesota Department of Health has a variety of resources to help you locate your vaccination record if you cannot find it, including the Docket app that helps you track your vaccinations.

Who will have access to the vaccine information I provide?

Your personally identifiable information is considered private information, but may be shared with University school officials and personnel who need to know the information to perform their jobs, including campus health and safety and legal and human resources personnel. It may also be shared outside the University with other individuals or entities authorized to have access under federal or state law, including representatives of the Minnesota Department of Health. In the event of a failure to complete the form, your supervisor will be notified.

Can I ask my students/colleagues if they have been vaccinated?

No.

Medical or Religious Exemption

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How do I file a medical or religious exemption?

If you believe you qualify for a medical or religious exemption, you must fill out and submit the religious exemption form or the medical exemption form to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form.

Will those who have exemptions be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing?

Yes. Those receiving exemptions are expected to test weekly, but at this time, do not need to submit test results to the University. View the University’s M Test requirements

Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Workers, Adjuncts, Professionals in Training, and Postdoctoral Associates

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Why is the University requiring me to submit proof of vaccination or an exemption?

A Fall 2021 presidential executive order requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all federal contractors and subcontractors, including the University. Meeting these federal requirements is critical to protecting more than $500 million in federal contracts the University currently holds. Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates  are being included in this process to ensure compliance with the federal executive order. This process is responsive to calls from within the University community for stricter accountability for the University’s reportedly high vaccination rates and will also become the University’s policy for all new employees in support of public health goals.

I previously completed an attestation form for employees or a student vaccination form. Do I also have to submit the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form?

Yes. All faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates systemwide must fill out the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form in the My Info tab in MyU by 11:59 p.m. on December 3, 2021.

Why weren’t these employee groups previously required to provide proof of vaccination or file a medical or religious exemption?

Guidance from the federal government has changed since the University first launched its employee attestation and student processes in late Summer 2021. In light of updated federal guidance, proof of vaccination or exemption is now necessary.

I am a student worker who already met the student vaccine requirement for COVID-19 in Fall 2021. Do I need to take additional action now?

Yes. Undergraduate and graduate student workers must now take this step to prove vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption. Note that if you are a student who previously submitted a medical or religious exemption, you do not need to resubmit that information at this time. That exemption will apply to this new process.

I am an undergraduate or graduate student worker who already submitted a medical or religious exemption to the Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form. Do I need to submit my exemption again to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form?

No. You do not need to take further action unless you wish to change your status to vaccinated.

Why don’t students who are not student workers have to submit proof of vaccination?

The primary purpose of these additional proof of vaccination requirements is to meet federal laws pertaining to employees. All students filling out the separate Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form were required to provide the dates of their vaccine doses or to submit a religious or medical exemption. Additionally, we are working with our internal auditors to complete an audit of student vaccination status based on the information students have already provided.

What will happen if I don’t comply with the requirement?

Individuals who do not complete the process will be out of compliance with the University’s protocols, and will be subject to employment discipline. Discipline is expected to be consistent with employee group policies and contracts and similar to discipline outlined for the University’s previous vaccine requirements for employees. The final policy will be communicated once finalized.

 

Do employees working remotely need to complete the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form?

Yes. The University’s response to COVID-19 continues to prioritize the health and well-being of all members of our community, no matter where they are. For these reasons, all employees, regardless of location, are included in this requirement.

Am I required to get or provide proof of a booster shot?

Not at this time, but booster shots are recommended for many by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If guidance on boosters changes and becomes a requirement, you will receive further communication from the University.

Students (Not Employed by the University)

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I am a student but am not employed by the University. Do I need to upload proof of vaccination?

No. However, all University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option who are not working for the University) must complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form to maintain their ability to register for future courses, including Spring 2022 classes.

Will students who have exemptions be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing?

Students who are not employed by the University do not have specific testing requirements at this time, but are urged to follow the University’s MTest guidance.

What will happen if I don’t comply with the vaccine requirements for students?

Students who fail to comply with the University’s vaccine requirements for students will receive a registration hold on their University record, preventing registration for future courses until the student complies with the requirement. To remove the registration hold, non-student workers must complete the general vaccination reporting process.

Do Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO), fully online, and part-time students who don’t work for the University need to be vaccinated?

Yes. All enrolled online or in-person students must be vaccinated or submit a medical or religious exemption. This includes PSEO students. While online students are not on campus, our greater commitment to the health and well-being of all members of our community, no matter where they are, means that online students are included in this requirement.

How do the University’s vaccination requirements affect international students who have been unable to be vaccinated or who received a different vaccine in their home country?

International students who received a full vaccination series of any of the vaccines authorized or approved by the World Health Organization are considered fully vaccinated.

For international students who have not been able to receive a vaccine in their home country, have not been able to complete a vaccination series in their home country, or have received a vaccine not authorized or approved by the World Health Organization, they may receive an FDA-approved vaccine in Minnesota. Alternatively, they may contact their campus health service to request a medical exemption. International students who require a vaccine can find multiple locations available across the state.

The University encourages any international student who might need help complying with the vaccination requirements to reach out to Boynton Health on the Twin Cities campus or the campus clinics at Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

I have another question that isn’t answered here.

Vaccine Appointments

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Where can I be vaccinated at the University of Minnesota?

  • On the Twin Cities campus, Boynton Health administers vaccines. Students, faculty, or staff members seeking a vaccine appointment should call 612-625-3222. If you are already at Boynton for an appointment, visit the Patient Assistance desk on the main (3rd) floor. Contact Boynton nurse line at (612) 625-7900 with any clinical questions.
  • You may also review additional information about the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses.

Where can I find more information?

Questions about costs, eligibility, what vaccines are available and more are answered in Boynton Health’s FAQ.