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COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster

All George Mason University students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and to submit COVID-19 primary series vaccination documentation and COVID-19 booster documentation. Upload it to the Patient Portal. {Updated 1/31/22}

Benefits of Vaccination

  • If you are fully vaccinated AND have gotten your booster AND you have no symptoms – you do not need to quarantine if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
    • Testing is recommended five days after exposure, and you must wear a mask indoors and in public for 10 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result.  Follow recommendations from your healthcare provider.
  • Reduces spread of COVID-19 virus, especially for those around you who are unable to be vaccinated or are immunocompromised and more likely to become severely ill.
  • Helps prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. A recent study demonstrated that unvaccinated individuals were 5 times more likely to become infected compared to fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. Unvaccinated individuals are significantly more likely to become hospitalized.
  • A safer way to build protection without you having to get sick with the virus.

Learn more about the benefits of vaccination from the Centers for Disease Control or contact your healthcare provider.

How to protect against COVID-19: vaccinate everyone ages 5 and older. Booster for those aged 12 and older. Get a 2nd booster for those aged 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals. Chart via cdc.gov/coronavirus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

Vaccines are free and available to everyone age 6 months and older. Vaccine clinics at Mason provide primary and booster vaccination and are open to ages 12 and older.

Schedule at Mason

How to submit documentation

Take a picture or scan your documentation. Include your G number on the document. Upload your COVID vaccination documentation to the Patient Portal. Follow instructions on the “Upload” section in the portal.

You must set up 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) to log into the Patient Portal. Visit the Mason ITS website for instructions.

COVID Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID Vaccine FAQ

Log Into Portal

Visit https://gmu.medicatconnect.com. You will be directed to the log in page. Select “George Mason University” as your organization.  You need your Mason Net ID (user ID) and patriot password. Complete 2-factor authentication.

You will need to set up 2-factor authentication (2FA) to log into the Patient Portal. Visit the Mason ITS website for set-up instructions.

To Upload Documents

Instructions for uploading documents to the patient portal with imagesStep 1: Take a picture or scan and save your documents individually. This is completed outside of the patient portal using your computer, scanner software/app or smart phone. If you are uploading multiple documents, save each document as a separate file.

  • Images must be .png, .tiff, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif. Documents must be .txt or .pdf.
  • Files must be smaller than 4 MB.
    • Scan/save in black and white, or at a setting of 150 DPI to get a smaller file.
    • Crop photos to only show the document.
  • Use only letters and numbers in the file name. Do not include any special characters.
  • Document names must be less than 60 characters.
  • Do not upload a password protected file.

Step 2: Select “Upload” from the portal navigation menu.

Step 3. Choose the document you are uploading in the “Choose document you are uploading” drop down menu on the page.

Step 4: Click “Select File,” and locate the file on your computer or smart phone.

Step 5: Click “Upload” button. The document will be listed below, as a confirmation that the document was added to the queue. If you made a mistake, delete the file by clicking on the “X” at the end of the document name which is listed next to the Change box.

Documents you have uploaded will appear below the “Documents already on file” section as a confirmation they were successfully uploaded. Select “View file” to see document. Log back into the portal 48-72 business hours after successful upload to check your record status.

Log into the Patient Portal to check the status of your immunization submissions. Select Messages from the portal menu. You will get a secure message notifying you when your records have been received. Due to the high volume of records that are coming in to Student Health Services, this may take several days. 

When you upload a document to the portal, those documents will be listed in the “Documents Already on File” section on the Upload webpage. Click “View File” (check your computer downloads) to view what you uploaded.

Please continue to check your portal for status updates. You will receive a secure message after your records are processed.

{Updated 8/2021}

All George Mason University students are strongly encouraged to submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation and booster documentation. Upload it to the online Patient Portal.

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination page for more information.

{Updated 1/31/22}

No, it does not have to be transcribed onto the Immunization Record Form.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your COVID vaccination documentation along with the Immunization Record Form.

Individuals vaccinated in Virginia can download or request a copy of their COVID-19 and/or immunization record using the Virginia Immunization Information System. Individuals vaccinated in another state can contact the state department of health about immunization records. The CDC has a list of state immunization systems.

You may contact the provider who administered the vaccination to request proof of vaccination. This may be a health department, pharmacy, or another healthcare provider. Documentation should include your name, the name of the healthcare facility/provider, type of vaccine, and the date of vaccination.

 

If you received your COVID-19 vaccination at a Mason clinic, you must upload your vaccination documentation to the Health Services Patient Portal to have it documented in your Mason immunization record. Students are encouraged to upload documentation.

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged. Experts are still studying how long your immune system protects you from COVID-19 after you had it — and they recommend that people who had COVID-19 and got better get vaccinated.

Emerging evidence shows that getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection to your immune system. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website to learn more.

If you have questions about the COVID vaccines, contact your healthcare provider to get answers to your questions.

Visit the Office of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management for FAQ about the Mason vaccine clinics.

Information about COVID vaccines is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

The Centers for Disease Control states that you can be re-vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. The minimum interval between your last COVID vaccine dose and a FDA-authorized COVID vaccination is 28 days. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions about receiving an FDA authorized vaccination.

There is no cost for COVID vaccination in the U.S or at a Mason vaccination clinic.

You can get your COVID-19 booster dose 10 days after the onset of symptoms or 10 days after your positive test date if you never developed symptoms, unless your healthcare provider has instructed you to wait to get your booster. Read the CDC guidance here.

If your healthcare provider determines you must wait to get the booster, you can have your provider complete the Certificate of Medical Exemption for Immunizations Requirements Form and upload the completed form to the Patient Portal.

 

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International Student COVID Vaccination FAQ

Those who cannot get an authorized vaccine before arriving in the U.S. should follow the steps below:

  • Follow safety protocols for those who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Sign up for a vaccination appointment at Mason or at a location near you via vaccines.gov as soon as possible after your quarantine period is over. Details regarding scheduling a vaccination at Mason will be available when you arrive at Mason. There is no cost for COVID vaccines in the U.S and you do not need to be a citizen to get vaccinated.
  • Once you receive your vaccination, upload your proof of vaccination to the Health Services Patient Portal. For 2-dose series, upload proof of both the 1st and 2nd doses as soon as possible after getting each dose.

International students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated with a WHO-authorized COVID vaccine before coming to Mason. This will help provide protection against the virus during travel and you will meet the requirement.

The Centers for Disease Control states that you can be re-vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. The minimum interval between your last COVID vaccine dose and a FDA-authorized COVID vaccination is 28 days. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions about receiving an FDA authorized vaccination.

There is no cost for COVID vaccination in the U.S or at a Mason vaccination clinic.

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