Does Loyola require students to get COVID-19 vaccinations?
Yes, the university requires all enrolled students who will be present for any amount of time on campus to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19 with an authorized vaccination approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). You may request an exemption from receiving the vaccination for reasons consistent with Louisiana state laws, but you must indicate this intention in the vaccination portal. All students must log into Loyola's Public Health Portal to provide their records (either in the form of the Immunization Compliance form, or a CDC white card).
Why is Loyola requiring COVID-19 vaccination?
This is a vital step for our community in order to have the kind of academic experience we want—with in-person classes and activities, athletic competitions, and minimal social distancing and masking requirements. The vaccines have been proven safe and effective, according to public health experts and agencies around the world, including the CDC, FDA, and WHO, and they are now widely available across the country. Just as we have always required other vaccinations for diseases ranging from measles to meningitis, this is the best way to keep our university community healthy and safe.
How do I submit proof of vaccination to Loyola?
Submit your immunization documentation on Loyola's Public Health Portal.
I plan to get vaccinated but won't have my records in time for the deadline. What should I do?
If you will not receive your full vaccination series by the deadline, you can still receive your first dose between now and your first day on campus. Once you submit documentation of your first dose to the portal, you will be marked "conditionally compliant.”
Do students need to be vaccinated before moving on to campus?
Yes, new students and continuing students living on campus are expected to be fully vaccinated, including getting their booster shot, before arriving for their scheduled move-in time.
Do parents and caregivers who help students move into residence halls need to provide proof of vaccination?
Guests do not need to provide a record of vaccination. However, we ask that all guests on campus follow our campus visitor guidelines for the safety of our campus community.
I am an international student and am unable to get a vaccine in my country before I return to campus, or I have gotten a vaccine that is not yet approved by the FDA. What should I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
I am taking classes entirely online. Do I still need to complete the vaccine requirement?
Students enrolled in online programs and who will not come to campus for any reason (live, eat, or play) do not need to submit vaccination records. If you are a student who attends entirely virtually and have received a notification that you need to submit your records, please email email@example.com and let us know your status as a virtual student so that we can update our records.
I am already vaccinated, but I lost my vaccine card. How can I access my COVID-19 vaccine record for submission on the portal?
If you are a Louisiana resident, you can access your COVID-19 vaccination record through a new, optional feature of the state’s digital driver’s license, the LA Wallet app: COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Record Securely in LA Wallet. Louisiana residents can also get printed copies of their vaccine records from their parish health unit or print their complete immunization record through MyIR.
If you are not a Louisiana resident, check with the clinic or vaccination site where you received your vaccine to obtain your records or contact your state health department's immunization information system.
I have a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption. How do I submit an exemption request?
Please go to page three of the Immunization Compliance Form form and choose the type of immunization exemption (either medical, religious or philosophical), and fill out the required information.
Next, use the Upload Documents link, then choose the type of exemption to upload your scanned copy of this completed form to the Public Health Portal. You will not be able to move into your campus housing or attend classes on campus until you complete your exemption requirements on the portal
What documentation is required to submit a medical exemption?
Upload supporting documentation from your doctor stating that the vaccine is medically contraindicated. The letter must contain the signature of a licensed healthcare provider.
What documentation is required to submit a religious exemption?
Write a 300-word personal statement about your religious beliefs and upload supporting documentation from your faith leader.
My vaccination information submission has been rejected. What should I do?
Some of the common reasons a submission is rejected include: no name on the vaccination card, vaccination card was not legible, the lot number entered on the form did not match the lot number on the vaccination card, or the vaccination card image did not upload properly. If your submission was rejected, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to fix your submission.
I need help finding a vaccination site. What resources can I use?
You can schedule an appointment for your vaccine through any provider or facility you prefer. We highly recommend you use the VaccineFinder, a free online service that searches locations that offer vaccination near your zip code. The Louisiana Department of Health has also provided a list of all vaccine locations organized by parish.
What are the benefits of being vaccinated?
We refer you to the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC for a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on current scientific data. The biggest benefit of being fully vaccinated is the significantly greater protection against severe illness and death from COVID-19 compared to those who are unvaccinated.
What restrictions will be in place to keep unvaccinated students safe?
Students who decline the vaccine will be required to follow CDC safety guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, which could include 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 until the outbreak is over or until the student submits proof of immunization. ADA accommodations will be provided for students meeting that criteria in classrooms and at activities on campus.
What are the risks of getting vaccinated?
Vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and have been proven as a safe and effective defense against COVID-19. The vaccines have gone through all of the same steps and met the same standards that are used for developing other vaccines. No steps were skipped during the clinical trials and data review process for COVID-19 vaccines.
Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet on FDA.gov that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine. We recommend that you contact your health care provider if you have additional questions.
Do I need to get more than one vaccine shot?
You should follow the vaccine intervals recommended by the CDC and the manufacturer of the vaccine you receive.
Am I eligible for a booster shot?
If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible for a booster shot.
- If you are 18+ and received your Moderna vaccination series (both shots) at least five months ago.
- If you are 12+ and received your Pfizer vaccination series (both shots) at least five months ago.
- If you are 18+ and received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago. If this is the case for you, getting a Pfizer or Moderna booster will give you added protection.
If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not yet eligible for a booster shot.
- If you are currently COVID positive, please wait for symptoms to resolve before getting boosted.
- If you received your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series fewer than five months ago, you are not yet eligible for your booster dose.
- If you had COVID and received monoclonal antibody treatment, you are not eligible for a booster until 90 days after that treatment.
The CDC has expanded eligibility for an additional booster dose for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19:
- People over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19.
- Individuals 12 years of age and older who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.
- Individuals 18 years of age and older who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.
Read the latest guidance from the CDC.
Which booster shot should I get?
Eligible individuals may choose between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for their booster dose. The CDC recommendations do allow for mixing and matching, so if you got Pfizer previously, you can get a Moderna booster or vice versa. Due to concerns around possible cardiovascular side effects, the CDC is not recommending Johnson & Johnson boosters at this time. Consult with your medical provider if you have any questions about the best option for you.
Where can I get my booster shot?
Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine page to find a site nearest you.
How do I notify Loyola when I have gotten my booster?
Once you have gotten your booster shot, you should report your status on Loyola’s Public Health Portal.
What if I lost my CDC white card?
We will give you a new card with your booster dose.
When am I considered fully vaccinated vs. up to date on vaccines?
A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and one booster dose when eligible. Getting a second booster dose is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time. If you received your booster shot less than 7 days prior to being exposed, then you will be considered "not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations" and will need to follow the CDC's guidelines for quarantine. Please reach out to email@example.com immediately regarding potential exposure.