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. However, please update your records to reflect current status, such as a second dose or a booster shot.

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.

Can I check to make sure Miami has my records or exemption?

If you think there is a mistake in Miami's records:

  • Students: you can submit Records Correction Request form. 
  • Employees: you can contact hrcovid19@MiamiOH.edu with covid-related questions. Alternatively, contact the appropriate office (Academic Personnel 513-529-6724 for faculty and Human Resources at 513-529-3131 staff).

What are the reasons for exemptions?

Exemptions may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Medical, with documentation; or
  • Sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances, or reasons of conscience, including philosophical and ethical beliefs.

Additionally, a deferral may be granted for pregnancy, those who are nursing, or for those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

To claim an exclusion for religious beliefs or for reasons of conscience, students and employees must complete documentation affirming a sincerely held belief, acknowledging the risk of serious illness or death associated with COVID-19, and agreeing to comply with health, educational, and safety requirements – including testing or other requirements – for unvaccinated individuals. Students must complete a brief educational module prior to submitting their request.

Your exemption request must include an articulated ethical, philosophical, or religious basis for refusing the vaccine that demonstrates you are making an informed decision.

What is the Exemption Process?

The COVID-19 vaccine exemption process is now available for students and employees who want to apply for a medical or non-medical exemption from Miami University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Students

Students can request a non-medical exemption or a medical exemption/deferral using the general immunization exemptions forms.

Exemption reviews may take 10-14 days or longer. The deadline for submitting a request for exemption or deferral for new spring semester students is January 24 , but you should act sooner to avoid any delays in removing a hold from your account. A hold will prevent you from registering for fall semester classes.

Employees

Employees must request an exemption through a separate process using one of the following forms: 

What health conditions qualify for a medical exemption?

Your health care provider should help you determine whether you have a health condition preventing you from getting vaccinated. They can provide documentation to support your request.

What qualifies for a deferral?

A deferral may be granted for pregnancy or nursing or for those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

What is meant by reasons of conscience or religious belief?

Reasons of conscience include any sincerely held philosophical, ethical, or religious basis for not taking the vaccine. Your exemption request must include an articulated religious, ethical, or philosophical basis for refusing the vaccine that demonstrates you are making an informed decision.

What if I already have a medical or religious exemption for other vaccines?

You do not need to submit an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination if you already have a medical or religious exemption on file for other vaccinations.

If I get an exemption from Miami, does that apply to my internship, clinical, or practicum?

No. Students engaged in internships, student teaching, nursing practicums, and other similar engagements will need to work directly with those organizations to comply with their specific requirements. An exemption from Miami will not fulfill any requirement that an external organization has in place.

If I get an exemption, will I be subject to additional health and safety requirements?

Possibly. We cannot predict with certainty the course of the pandemic or required public health and safety measures. However, there may be situations in which unvaccinated individuals are restricted from campus facilities and activities, or are subject to additional safety measures (testing, quarantining, etc.).

Currently, all members of the Miami University community must wear a mask when indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Why are you allowing individuals to be exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for religious beliefs and reasons of conscience?

In following Miami University policy, Miami already requires students to meet immunization requirements for a number of vaccines. Exemptions from these requirements have always been considered for certain medical conditions and documented religious convictions. This has been expanded to include ethical and philosophical reasons. The process for requesting an exemption requires an individual to complete documentation affirming a sincerely held belief, acknowledging the risk of serious illness, and agreeing to comply with health and safety requirements to best protect the community and themselves—including testing—for unvaccinated individuals. Those who are exempted may be subject to additional public health requirements and must complete an educational module.