COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine information

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COVID-19 vaccine to be required for all UNMC faculty, students and staff

Throughout this pandemic, UNMC has focused on the evolving science to keep our campuses and the communities that we serve functional and safe. As a result, UNMC will now require all students, staff and faculty to report they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 22, 2021.

From a public health standpoint, vaccination is the right thing to do. The science informs us that vaccinated individuals are better protected from serious disease, hospitalization and death than unvaccinated people. This is true in our own community where nearly all people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

If you have not been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. Vaccines are widely available. It takes five to six weeks to go from your initial dose of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to being fully vaccinated. If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be fully vaccinated 14 days later. For international students and employees, UNMC will accept vaccines identified on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing.

In addition, if you need a convenient and confidential way to store vaccination confirmation, the UNMC 1-CHECK smartphone app contains technology to store an image of your Federal COVID vaccination registration card. This will be useful for off campus clinical rotations. You can also show that you've been vacccinated by adding a vaccine sticker to your ID badge. 

When must UNMC faculty, staff and students report that they are fully vaccinated?

All students, staff and faculty must report that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 22, 2021.

Why is UNMC requiring vaccination?

This decision aligns with our mission to transform lives for a healthier future and the science to reduce virus transmission and keep our learning and clinical environments safe. It also complements the actions of our clinical partners who have mandated COVID-19 vaccinations.

I was recently vaccinated. How do I record my vaccination status?

Vaccination status must be recorded in the Health Tracking System. If you received both vaccines through UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, your information already is recorded. If you received one or both vaccines at another location, enter the Health Tracking System to record this information.

Can I get an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine?

Requests for exemptions may be made on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. All requests for exemptions must be submitted before Sept. 15, 2021:

In addition, students who are enrolled 100 percent remotely and staff who historically have been working 100 percent remotely with pre-existing supervisory approval, both with no clinical responsibilities and no planned visits to campus, also may apply for exemption from the vaccine requirement should they so desire.

What if I elect not to receive vaccine and do not qualify for an exemption?

We encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Failure to do so could result in significant employment or academic disciplinary action (potentially up to and including termination).

Can I continue my studies as an unvaccinated student?

Students who are not vaccinated could have their course of study suspended, and therefore not be able to continue enrollment this semester and/or complete graduation requirements. UNMC cannot guarantee that opportunities for required clinical experiential learning will be allowed or available in a timely manner for unvaccinated students given the vaccine requirements of our clinical partners across the state and across the nation.

Will UNMC eventually require COVID-19 boosters?

UNMC will require boosters if and when the science determines they are needed.

Who can I contact with questions?

Email with any questions you may have.