Vaccination Requirements

For the safety of our community, Mason strongly encourages vaccines for students and employees. 

The university is holding no-cost vaccination clinics. Schedule an appointment to get your shot

The CDC says you can get a booster five months after your second shot (Pfizer, Moderna) or two months after a single shot (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Mason is offering a free second booster shots for anyone over 50, per CDC and VDH guidelines. They're available at the Fenwick Testing and Vaccination Center.


All students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and get a booster.

If you're an international student with limited access to COVID vaccines, you can schedule a vaccine appointment on the Fairfax Campus

Mason offers flexible excused absence options for students receiving vaccination and those with side effects after vaccination. This includes international students whose in-person attendance may be delayed due to CDC international travel quarantine requirements.

If you have questions, Student Health Services has set up a COVID FAQ  page.

Faculty and Staff 

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive vaccine and booster shorts when eligible and upload your documentation. Understanding our community’s vaccine status is important to Mason’s COVID response strategy.

You are encouraged to:

  • Inform the university of your vaccination status through the Mason COVID Health Check
  • Upload your vaccine documentation into the Health Services Patient Portal. If you’ve gotten at least the first dose, upload your vaccine document. When you get the second dose, upload the completed document.

Missing Documentation

If you’ve lost or damaged your vaccine document, you can request a replacement by emailing the Virginia Immunization Information System  help desk or calling 1-866-375-9795 to request a replacement.  The Help Desk is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also fill out an Immunization Record Request Form

Need a Vaccination?

  • You can get an appointment at Mason’s Fairfax Campus, often on the same day, through our Vaccine website.
  • If you can’t make it to the Fairfax Campus, the government vaccine website lists locations to receive a shot.
  • Mason employees have an allotted 8 hours of Public Health Emergency Leave to get the vaccine and recover from any side effects.

New Employees

If you are a new employee, you are strongly encouraged to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by your start date, and be fully vaccinated within 45 days of your start date, and submit documentary proof through Mason’s Patient Portal.