Vaccine Requirement FAQs

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How do I submit proof of vaccination?

If you have already submitted proof of vaccination (e.g. a vaccination card), you do not have to submit it again.

Faculty/Staff who reported their vaccination status, but did not submit proof of vaccination will be contacted and directed to submit proof of vaccination to meet the vaccine requirement.

Why is Miami requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?

As cases in Ohio and across the nation rise, the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized and/or suffering severe illness are unvaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local, state, and federal public health officials agree: the vaccine is our most important tool for protecting our communities.

Throughout the last 18 months, our first priority has always been to protect the health and safety of the campus community. High vaccine coverage is critical to preserving the health of the Miamians and our surrounding community. Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Why didn't you announce the requirement before classes started?

The University did not want to require a vaccine until it had received full FDA approval. The FDA granted full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, August 23.

Who is required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

All full- and part-time faculty, staff, and students who will have any on-campus presence on any Miami University campus or property must obtain the vaccine.

The policy does not apply to faculty and staff assigned to the Luxembourg campus unless they visit a U.S. Miami campus. It also does not apply to students in fully online programs.

Employees who will have any physical presence on campus even if sporadic and unscheduled must comply with the policy.

Do students who don't live on campus have to get the vaccine?

Yes, any student planning to access any Miami University campus for any reason is required to be vaccinated.

Do students in online-only programs have to get the vaccine?

Students enrolled exclusively in online classes or in fully online programs and who are not accessing a physical campus for any reason are exempted from the vaccination requirement.

Are there any exemptions?

Yes. Learn about Miami's exemption and deferral process.

If I already got the vaccine but it isn’t Pfizer, have I met this requirement?

Yes. If you have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you meet the vaccination requirement. Alternatively, international students, faculty, and staff can present proof of a WHO-approved vaccine.

What is the deadline?

By Monday, October 25, 2021, all full- and part-time faculty and staff and all undergraduate and graduate students who will have any presence on any Miami University campus or University-owned or -controlled property must either:

  1. Have begun the vaccination process of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (two doses) or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose). The full dose must be completed by Monday, November 22. OR
  2. Have an approved exemption for one of the categories outlined above.

What will happen if I do not get the vaccine by the deadline?

  • Students who elect not to be vaccinated and who do not receive an approved exemption or a deferral based on pregnancy/nursing or a positive COVID-19 test within 90 days preceding October 25, 2021 may not register for classes for the spring semester, and will not be able to access campus facilities, including classrooms and residence halls, after January 1, 2022. Students will NOT be disenrolled for the fall term.
  • Employees who choose not to be vaccinated and who do not receive an exemption or deferral based on pregnancy/nursing or a positive COVID-19 test within 90 days preceding October 25, 2021 may also face university disciplinary action.

Where can I get the vaccine?

You can now get your free COVID-19 vaccinations at Miami University’s Health Services on the Oxford campus.

  • TriHealth, Miami’s health care provider, will give the vaccinations at Harris Hall, 500 Harris Drive. Call 513-529-3000 to schedule your appointment.
  • The Armstrong Student Center COVID-19 drop-in vaccination clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. 
  • You can also find locations on the Get Your Shot Ohio website. 

I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Do I still need to be vaccinated?

You can request a deferral by filing the medical exemption form if you test positive for COVID-19 within the 90 days preceding October 25, 2021. After 90 days since your infection, you must obtain the vaccination or receive an exemption. 

Current CDC guidelines state that individuals should receive a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of whether they have had COVID-19 because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

I am an international student who has not had access to an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. What should I do?

Upon your arrival on campus, you should immediately start the vaccination or exemption process.

Are other colleges and universities requiring the vaccine?

Yes. Both public and private colleges and universities across the country are requiring the vaccine.

Will students in sixth through twelfth grade taking courses through College Credit Plus be required to get vaccinated?

Not at this time.

With the vaccine requirement in place, will the mask requirement be lifted?

Currently, the CDC is recommending that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission. We will continue to evaluate vaccination rates, daily positivity rates, and CDC guidance to make decisions on public safety measures such as requiring face coverings.

How will I know if my fellow classmates or faculty members have been vaccinated?

The university will not disclose the vaccination status of individual students or faculty. You should not ask individuals about their vaccination status. If a student or an employee is on a campus or at any Miami University location, they are expected to observe the required protocols and have received the vaccine or an appropriate exemption.

As a person who enrolls students in classes, will there be a hold on students who have not provided vaccine information?

A process for spring semester enrollment will be determined. Look for instructions from EMSS.

If I have side effects from the vaccine, can I miss class?

You should not go to classes or come to campus if you are feeling ill. It is the prerogative of the individual faculty member to set attendance policy for each individual course, and it is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to inform students of that policy in the course syllabus or other written documents at the first class meeting of the semester, term, or sprint part of semester or term.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to work with students who miss class due to a death in the family, serious illness, or other critical circumstance. Students needing assistance regarding absences due to death, illness, or other critical circumstance should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (Oxford) or the Student Services (regional campuses).

What vaccine will you be giving out?

Miami is planning to offer the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine for our clinics. Miami does accept all WHO-approved vaccines for the requirement, which includes the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Will Miami continue its testing program throughout the academic year after all students and staff are vaccinated?

Miami will continue to provide COVID-19 testing in accordance with recommendations and guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We continue to monitor and assess our testing program.