Booster Shots Required for 
Students, Faculty, Staff, Postdocs

All students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Anyone who is not yet eligible for the booster must receive the shot within 30 days of becoming eligible. Visit the Public Health Guidance page for more information. 

All students should upload their booster documentation to their Student Health Portal. Faculty, staff, and postdocs should upload their information into Workday. Step-by-step instructions for uploading vaccine information into Workday can be found here: Self Service: Enter Vaccination Information.

Student Vaccination Reporting

All students must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Student Health Service portal.

If traveling to campus and not fully vaccinated, visit the Getting Vaccinated page to find where to get a vaccine. Students can also email Wellness at Penn ( for help with scheduling vaccine appontments as soon as possible. Visit the Public Health Guidance page for the latest information.

Faculty, Staff, and Postdoc Vaccination Reporting

Upload your vaccination information in Workday; access self-service instructions on the Workday@Penn website.

Consistent with the recently revised Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) guidance, the University requires all faculty, staff, and postdocs to be fully vaccinated, except for those with medical or religious exemptions. Unless you are granted an exemption, failure to report full vaccination will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Student Vaccination Exemptions

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students may request an exemption from the University of Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Information can be found on the Student Health Service website.

Faculty, Staff, and Postdoc Vaccination Exemptions

Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral trainees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. COVID-19 vaccination should be uploaded into Workday. To request an exemption from the University of Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccination mandate, please download, read, complete, and submit the following forms, as appropriate:

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

An individual is not considered fully vaccinated until:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (example: Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (example: Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

Penn will accept those vaccines that have been “pre-qualified” or authorized for “Emergency Use Listing” (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. As of July 13, that list includes:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (fully approved by the U.S. FDA)
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
  • AstraZeneca 
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Booster Shots (Third Doses) of the COVID-19 Vaccine

According to the CDC, individuals are eligible for a booster five months after their second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two months after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Those who received a vaccine listed on the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot five months after completion of their vaccination series. For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots website.

Get Your Vaccine

Vaccines are now required for students, faculty, staff, and postdocs. Visit the Getting Vaccinated page for more information about the Penn Cares vaccine clinic.

Find out where you can get a vaccine near you by visiting

If you would like more information about the vaccine or to schedule a vaccine appointment, you can call the Penn Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline& between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at 267-758-4902.

Educate. Participate. Vaccinate.

Visit the Penn Cares Videos webpage to hear from Penn Community members about why they chose to get vaccinated.

Also, learn about the COVID-19 vaccine, some common reasons for hesitancy surrounding it, side effects, efficacy, and more. 




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