A Message to Students: Vaccination Requirement and Guidance for Fall
August 16, 2021
Here we are – just weeks away from the start of the semester! It’s exciting to see our campus filled with more and more students each day.
We have been busy implementing robust mitigation strategies as we prepare for a return to in-person instruction. We continue to monitor transmission rates on campus and in our surrounding communities and adjusting our public health guidance accordingly.
All students must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to their Student Health Portal (instructions for existing students, instructions for new students). Any student who is not fully vaccinated or has not recorded their vaccination status in the Student Health Portal is required to participate in twice-weekly COVID-19 screening testing until fully vaccinated.
If you are traveling to campus and are not yet fully vaccinated, visit the Getting Vaccinated page to find out where you can get a vaccine closest to you. You can also email Wellness at Penn (at firstname.lastname@example.org) for help with scheduling your vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
We will be holding intermittent Penn Cares COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the fall semester, starting with two dates this week. The clinic will be held at 3535 Market Street, Mezzanine Level, from 9 am - 1 pm, on the following dates:
- Moderna: August 18 (2nd dose Sept. 15)
- Pfizer: August 19 (2nd dose Sept. 9)
Undergrads who are under the age of 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time. Schedule your Penn Cares COVID-19 vaccine appointment by visiting covidscheduling.upenn.edu.
Here are some public health reminders for the fall semester:
- Get fully vaccinated.
- Participate in required Gateway Testing upon arrival to campus.
- >Participate in Penn Cares screening testing twice weekly until fully vaccinated or if you have an approved medical or religious exemption.
- Mask-up (see latest public health guidance).
- Wash hands frequently and stay home when feeling sick.
- Use PennOpen Pass to assess symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19. PennOpen Pass provides the most updated clinical and public health guidance to reduce the risk of spread within the Penn community, and it is required to be completed daily by those who are not yet fully vaccinated.
We are looking forward to a new and exciting fall semester at Penn! Visit coronavirus.upenn.edu and follow @COVIDPenn on social media for up-to-date information.
In good health,
Benoit Dubé, MD
Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer
University of Pennsylvania