Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

Purpose

COVID-19 has had economic, academic, social, physical, and mental health impacts on the Thomas Jefferson University community. The most effective way for the University community to maintain a safe on-campus experience for students is comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination. 

Policy Statement

In a continuing commitment to the health and safety of our community, Thomas Jefferson University requires that students complete full vaccination with an U.S. FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine and register their vaccine status in the Online COVID-19 Student Vaccine Database. The University continues to adhere to public health guidelines in an ongoing effort to keep the campus community safe and healthy and reserves the right to impose additional measures.

Scope

This policy applies to all full-time, part-time, matriculated and non-matriculated students at Thomas Jefferson University. Online-only students with no on-campus presence and no experiential or clinical rotations are exempt from this policy. Students in programs with didactic coursework taught online that also includes clinical or experiential rotations are subject to this policy and must complete full vaccination. All students, including online learners, who anticipate a need to come to campus at any point during the course of a semester must abide by the vaccination requirements set forth in this policy.

Components

Medical Exemption

A request for a medical exemption must be submitted to Student Health Services. The request must be submitted on the Jefferson Request for Medical Exemption/COVID-19 Vaccination form. The form must be completed by the student’s treating healthcare provider. Following the submission of the form and any other required documentation, Student Health Services will notify the student if the exemption has been approved and if so, whether the exemption is considered permanent or provisional.

Students who have received a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and have any on-campus activities, may be subject to additional safety measures such as, but not limited to, surveillance testing.

Religious Exemption

A request for an exemption based on a sincerely held religious belief must be submitted to Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office using the Jefferson Request for Religious Exemption/COVID-19 Vaccination form. Student Affairs or Dean of Students will notify the student if the exemption has been approved and if so, whether the exemption is considered permanent or provisional.

Students who have received a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and have any on-campus activities, may be subject to additional safety measures such as, but not limited to, regular surveillance testing.

Compliance

Incoming Students

For incoming students, the deadline to document full vaccination will be provided upon admission. Information should be submitted to the COVID-19 Student Vaccine Database. Students are highly encouraged to submit requests for religious or medical exemptions early so that requests may be reviewed and determined in advance of the start of the academic year. Non-compliance may impact a student’s academic progression and may violate the University’s Community Standards.

Returning Students

Information on documentation deadlines will be provided in advance of the academic year. Students are highly encouraged to submit requests for religious or medical exemptions early so that requests may be reviewed and determined in advance of the start of the academic year. Non-compliance may impact a student’s academic progression and may violate the University’s Community Standards.

International Students

Students from an international location can meet the Jefferson vaccination requirement after receiving a WHO-approved vaccine for Emergency Use Listing (EUL), in addition to any FDA-approved vaccine available in the United States. Any student who has not been vaccinated by one of these types will be offered vaccination upon arrival in the USA. Any student that receive a WHO-approved vaccine may be required to undergo surveillance testing.

Clinical Rotations & Experiential Learning

This policy pertains to students who will have on-site activities at Jefferson campus locations. Jefferson students may be subject to different vaccination regulations for non-Jefferson clinical rotations or academic experiences.

Surveillance Testing

Any student that has received a COVID-19 vaccine exemption shall be required to undergo surveillance testing. Students requiring surveillance testing will be contacted by the testing team for further details and instructions.

The University reserves the right to change, add, or waive the requirements set forth in this policy in its sole discretion.