Yes. All Mason students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster shot (unless you have an approved medical or religious exemption). Only COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.
Upload your COVID vaccination documentation to the patient portal. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement page for more information about the requirement. Contact the Immunization Office (703-993-2135) if you have questions.
Yes. Mason strongly encourages all faculty and staff and requires students to be vaccinated and boosted, including those who have had COVID-19 and recovered. The university is following CDC guidelines, which advise that individuals “should be vaccinated regardless of whether [they] already had COVID-19.”
No. Public health experts recommend vaccination and boosters even with prior COVID exposure or illness.
Contact the provider who administered the vaccination to request a replacement card. This may be a health department, pharmacy, or another health care provider. Documentation should include your name, the name of the health care facility/provider, type of vaccine, and the date of vaccination.
If you were vaccinated in Virginia, you can request a copy of your immunization record using the Virginia Immunization Information System.
If you were vaccinated in another state, contact the state department of health to inquire about immunization records.
If you cannot find documentation, your provider can complete the COVID Vaccine/Testing Form (PDF).
No, it does not have to be transcribed onto the Immunization Record Form.
You should submit your COVID vaccination documentation along with the Immunization Record Form (PDF).
Contact the Immunization Office (703-993-2135).
Contact your health care provider or call Student Health Services (703-993-2831).
Visit the Office of Safety, Emergency, and Risk Management for FAQ about the Mason vaccine clinics.
Your health care provider must complete and sign the Mason Certificate of Medical Exemption for Immunizations Requirements Form. Upload it to the patient portal.
Newly admitted or newly re-admitted students should submit the form with your Mason Immunization Record Form (PDF).
Students must submit the original, notarized Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption Form (Form CRE-1) (PDF) Upload the form to the patient portal AND mail the original to:
Student Health Services Immunization Office
4400 University Drive, MS 2D3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Exemptions do not apply to the Tuberculosis Screening section on the Mason Immunization Record Form (PDF).
No, you do not need to submit a new form.
Third Shots / Boosters
Third shots are given to individuals who are immunocompromised at least four weeks after a second shot. A third shot is needed because a person who is immunocompromised may not have the desired antibody production from only two shots.
A booster shot is given to certain populations at least six months after a second shot because there is evidence to suggest that people's immune response may decline over time.
Individuals who are immunocompromised as defined by the CDC. A third shot should be administered at least four weeks after your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna.
The CDC and FDA have approved and recommended booster doses for certain individuals who received any of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S.
Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available for eligible individuals who completed their initial series at least five months ago. Eligible individuals include:
- People 65 and older.
- People ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
- People ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings (i.e., high contact roles, health care, childcare teachers, instructional faculty, public safety, and counselors) may receive a booster after consultation with your primary care provider.
Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are also eligible for a booster of any of the three vaccines available in the U.S., two months after their initial vaccine.
Yes. Instructional faculty and staff age 18 or older who teach in person classes are eligible for a booster shot.
Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available for eligible individuals at Fenwick A on the Fairfax Campus, Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. ET.
If you need a third shot or a booster shot, you can schedule your vaccine appointment.
If you were vaccinated in another state, you can still obtain your third shot or booster shot, if eligible, at Mason.
You are required to bring your vaccine card to your appointment.
You may be required to contact your state’s health department to update your vaccination record. Virginia’s vaccination system may not communicate with your states vaccine record system. Regional state systems include: