Getting your COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting sick and helps us keep the Wolf Pack healthy. Like many other universities across the country, Loyola will require COVID-19 vaccination for all enrolled students who will be present on campus for any amount of time during the 2021 – 2022 academic year. In keeping with Louisiana state law, you may apply for an exemption if you are unable to take the vaccine for health reasons, religious reasons, or deeply held philosophical reasons. Students who decline vaccination will be asked to upload additional documentation as applicable to your exemption request. Students who have not completed the necessary documentation are not in compliance with Loyola's vaccine requirement and will not be permitted on campus for any reason.
All students must log into Loyola's Public Health Portal to provide their vaccine records or apply for an exemption. For help logging into the portal, please see our FAQs. You will receive a confirmation email from the Public Health team verifying your compliance.
Why are we making this a requirement?
We listen to our students. 93% of Loyola students responded to a survey that they are (or will be) vaccinated. And our Student Government Association formally requested a vaccine requirement to make campus safer.
We act in service with and for others. As a Catholic institution, we put our concern for each other first, as the Pope has urged us to do. We know that getting vaccinated is the safest way to come back together as a community in the fall and resume the activities and events that make our campus so special.
We believe in the power of science. Our Jesuit values remind us to believe in the talent God has given human beings to solve complicated problems with science and rejoice in the determined work of doctors and scientists around the world to save lives. We have always required vaccinations for diseases ranging from measles to meningitis as we work to keep you as safe as we can.
COVID-19 vaccines are:
- Thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness
- Approved by the FDA to protect you from getting sick
- Available at no cost to you
We're happy to report that Loyola’s campus is one of the most vaccinated communities in the state and the region. As of August 26, 2021, our records indicate that 93% of students and full-time employees are vaccinated.
New Orleans Vaccine and Testing Requirements
Effective August 16, the City of New Orleans requires proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours for entry into restaurants, bars, gyms, performances, and other entertainment venues. Make sure you're prepared so you can enjoy public spaces around the city! View the full guidelines on the NOLA Ready website.
If You’re Vaccinated
- You must bring proof of vaccination with you. Keep a photo of BOTH SIDES of your vaccine card on your smartphone and/or stored on another digital device.
- Store your original card in a safe place. We suggest using a photo or a photocopy of the card to prove your status rather than carrying your original card.
- If you are a Louisiana resident and were vaccinated in the state, you can download the LA Wallet app to provide proof of vaccination. You’ll need to provide your license, then you will be able to retrieve your “SMART Health Card” in the COVID-19 tab in the app.
- If you’ve lost your vaccine card, contact the location where you were vaccinated and request a replacement card. If you are not able to contact your original provider, contact your state's health department.
If You’re Unvaccinated
- You must provide proof of a negative PCR test dated within 72 hours to go to any of the venues listed above. That means you’ll need to continue to get tested every time you plan to go out to eat, attend an event, or socialize with friends at a public venue.
- It must be a PCR test, which can take 2-3 days or longer to process results. Check with your testing site of choice about turnaround time. Tests that are NOT acceptable include rapid (antigen) and antibody (IgM, IgG).
PCR Testing Locations
- Walgreens (718 Maple and S. Carrollton) - schedule online
- Walgreens (2418 S. Carrollton Ave.) - schedule online
- CVS (4401 S. Claiborne Ave.) - schedule online
- Ochsner Urgent Care Uptown (4605 Magazine Street) - walk-ins accepted as available
- Other community sites at various locations - Nola Ready website
National Vaccine Finder
Use the national Vaccine Finder to search for a vaccination location according to your zip code and see the available vaccines at each location.
Local Vaccine Sites
The Louisiana Department of Health has a listing of vaccination locations in Louisiana organized by the parish.
Have vaccine questions? Talk to a Public Health Coordinator.
In keeping with our Jesuit values, we encourage you to think critically about your decision to get vaccinated. Equipped with knowledge and the facts, you’ll be more prepared to take action.
If you have any specific concerns or questions about getting your COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Public Health Coordinators to discuss this topic in more detail.
Sleeves Up, Louisiana!
The Louisiana Department of Health can also help you make your vaccination appointment and connect with you medical professionals who can answer your vaccine questions. Call the vaccine hotline at 1.855.453.0774 available Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Make Your Vaccine Appointment
You’ll need an appointment to get your vaccine at most sites. Use these resources to check for available vaccines near you from designated distributors. The Convention Center is our primary vaccine site in New Orleans and has many appointments available daily.
Log into your LCMC account or call 504.290.5200 to schedule.
Complete the screening questionnaire to schedule an appointment.
Log into your MyOchsner account or call 1.844.888.2772 to schedule.
Schedule an appointment online or call 504.899.0034.
Complete the screening questionnaire to schedule an appointment.
Community Vaccine Sites
Weekly free community vaccine events in New Orleans.
Share Your Vaccine Selfies!
What does it mean to you to get your COVID-19 vaccine?
“I definitely think it is a privilege to be vaccinated, when there are so many people around the world and in our country who are having trouble accessing it. For me, it was such a small thing I could do in effort for this whole pandemic thing to finally come to an end.”
"To me, being fully vaccinated means doing my part to protect others, and finally getting to hug the most important person in my life again after a year, my grandma!"
“To me, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask means knowing I’m protected but I’m also doing what I can to protect others so we can all move forward together.”
“I haven’t seen my parents since December 17, 2019 and now that I have my vaccine and they have theirs I can finally make the trip back home to NC to see them!”
When you make your appointment, your provider should provide any necessary forms you’ll need to complete and bring with you. Wear your mask to your appointment and maintain social distancing as you do in any public setting. Don’t forget to wear short sleeves so it’s easy to receive your shot!
What to bring:
- Bring your ID and insurance card if you have one.
At your appointment:
- You’ll receive a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date, and the location. Keep your card in a safe place for future use.
- You’ll receive a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving to help you understand the risks and benefits.
- Once you receive your shot, you will be monitored on-site to check for any reaction to the vaccine. Severe allergic reactions are very rare.
MYTH: The launch of the vaccines was so rushed. I can’t trust they are safe.
FACT: All COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization. Tens of thousands of people participated in clinical trials and no steps were skipped in the approval process. In fact, these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history thanks to unprecedented collaboration and investment globally.
Myth: I won't need to wear a mask or social distance after I get vaccinated.
FACT: We need to continue to practice safety measures like masking and social distancing when in public settings or around others who are unvaccinated. Experts are still conducting research to see if we can transmit the virus to others after we are fully vaccinated (even if we don’t feel sick), which is why it’s important to continue our established safety guidelines to protect everyone in our community as we work to vaccinate more of the population. The good news is that fully vaccinated people can safely socialize together without masking and distancing, according to new guidance from the CDC.
MYTH: I’ve already had COVID-19, so I don’t need a vaccine.
FACT: You should plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you have already been sick with COVID and recovered from the illness. Experts do not yet know how long you have natural immunity to COVID-19 after recovering, and although it’s rare, you can potentially get sick again. Getting the vaccine is the safest and most effective way to build protection. You should talk to your doctor about your vaccination plan, including how long you should wait after recovering from COVID-19 before scheduling your vaccine.
MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine could affect my ability to have children later.
FACT: There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility or problems with pregnancy, including development of the placenta. Similarly, there is no evidence that vaccines can be transmitted through the breastmilk of lactating moms. Medical experts recommend that women who are pregnant or may want to become pregnant in the future get the COVID-19 vaccine. Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years. View full recommendations from the CDC.
MYTH: The vaccine could make me sick with COVID-19.
FACT: None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain a live virus that could make you sick with COVID. The vaccines prompt your body to recognize the virus and develop an immune response. This process may cause mild symptoms, such as a fever, chills, or pain at the injection site. These are normal reactions and indicate that your body is working to build immunity. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks after your last vaccine dose to build immunity, so it is still possible to get sick with COVID just before or after vaccination. Be extra cautious in the interim as your body builds protection.
MYTH: I’ve heard vaccines can alter my DNA.
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with our DNA in any way. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are known as mRNA, or messenger RNA vaccines, which means they deliver important instructions to our cells to produce a SARS-CoV-2 antigen called the spike protein. This antigen triggers production of antibodies and a resulting immune response. MRNA vaccines do not interact with a person’s DNA or cause genetic changes because the mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, which means that it uses a different virus as a vector to trigger an immune response. Similarly, the genetic material delivered by the viral vector does not integrate into a person’s DNA.