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June 8, 2021

Dear Students,

As President Tetlow shared last week, Loyola will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit an exemption before the start of the fall semester. Please log into the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal to provide your vaccination record or reason for opting out no later than July 16, 2021. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a public health hold on your account. You will not be permitted to attend in-person classes or move into your residence hall until the hold is removed.

According to guidance from the CDC and medical experts, this is the safest way to resume in-person classes, activities, and athletic competitions with minimal restrictions. Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to social distance or wear masks on campus. We also look forward to the return of New Orleans parades and festivals as we see the spread of COVID decline in our community while vaccination rates increase.

Vaccine Resources

We know that 93% of you who responded to our recent survey reported that you have already been vaccinated or plan to get vaccinated over the summer. If you still need to get your vaccine, please use the resources on our website for assistance finding a vaccination site near you. Follow the deadlines below to make sure you complete your vaccination in time for the July 16 deadline.

  • Moderna: Get your first dose no later than June 18
  • Pfizer: Get your first dose no later than June 25
  • Johnson & Johnson: Only one dose, get your shot no later than July 16

Please check our vaccine FAQs for more support and email if you are having trouble accessing the vaccine in your location.

Types of Exemptions

Students may request an exemption for reasons consistent with Louisiana state laws (i.e., medical, religious, or philosophical reasons) and must provide supporting documentation. Students who decline the vaccine will be required to follow CDC safety guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, such as masking, social distancing, and completing mandatory quarantine if exposed to the virus. An exempted student may also be excluded from campus and from classes in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus.

  • Medical Exemption Requirements: Upload supporting documentation from your doctor stating that the vaccine is medically contraindicated. The letter must contain the signature of a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Religious Exemption Requirements: Write a 300-word personal statement about your religious beliefs and upload supporting documentation from your faith leader.
  • Philosophical Exemption Requirements: Write a 300-word personal statement explaining your viewpoint. You will have the option to upload supporting documentation if applicable.

If you have any specific concerns or questions about getting your COVID-19 vaccine or completing your exemption, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Public Health Coordinators to discuss this topic in more detail.


Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D.
Chief Student Affairs Officer 

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