Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

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 return to a safe on-campus experience for students in fall semester 2021 is comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination. 

Policy

In a continuing commitment to the health and safety of our community, Thomas Jefferson University is requiring that students returning to campus have completed full vaccination with an U.S. FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine and registered their vaccine status in the Online COVID-19 Student Vaccine Database by August 1. Online-only students with no on-campus presence will be exempt from this policy. However, students in online only programs including clinical or experiential rotations must follow the policy of their host site, which may require vaccination. All students, including online learners, who anticipate a need to come to campus at any point during the course of the semester must abide by the vaccination requirements set forth in this policy. The University will continue to adhere to public health guidelines in the ongoing effort to keep the campus community safe and healthy. This may include requiring booster vaccinations and the imposition of additional measures.

Medical Exemption

A request for a medical exemption may 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.

Beginning August 1st, students who have received a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and have any on-campus activities, must participate in weekly on-campus 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.

Beginning August 1st, students who have received a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and have any on-campus activities, must participate in weekly on-campus surveillance testing.

Compliance

The deadline to document full vaccination is August 1, 2021 and information should be submitted to COVID-19 Student Vaccine Database. Students are highly encouraged to submit requests for religious or medical exemptions by July 1 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-authorized 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. This requirement will be in effect until the CDC offers further definitive guidance about this issue.

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

Surveillance Testing

Any student that has received a COVID-19 vaccine exemption shall undergo surveillance COVID-19 testing on campus, on a weekly basis.

Any student that has received a WHO-approved vaccine shall undergo surveillance COVID-19 testing on campus every 2 weeks, for a period of two months after entry to the United States.

Students requiring surveillance testing will be contacted by the testing team for further details and instructions.

Guests

Guests of the University are permitted on campus, and are required to follow University guidelines regarding masking and social distancing. At this time, masks are required in all university buildings regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed when eating or drinking, but social distancing must be observed. Additionally, Jefferson students are permitted to visit residence halls on the East Falls and Center City campuses with restrictions, however non-Jefferson affiliated visitors are not permitted in residence halls at this time. Please refer to the Residential Life Facilities Policies for East Falls and Center City Campuses for specific information. Guests should not come to campus if displaying any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

More Information

Students should regularly check their emails for follow-up communications about the implementation of the policy and requirements for the upcoming academic year. The University reserves the right to change, add, or waive requirements over the course of the academic year.