COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All George Mason University students are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination by August 1, 2021. This policy does not apply to individuals who have an approved medical or religious exemption, or students whose program is 100% online only and who take only online courses and do not come to any campus. Only COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. Read more COVID vaccine requirement frequently asked questions.

Students who have limited access to authorized COVID vaccines, email the Immunization Office (immunize@gmu.edu) before August 1 to request a deadline extension. Upon receipt of your email, the Immunization Office will provide you instructions on the extension period and how to meet this vaccination requirement.

Contact the Immunization Office (703-993-2135 or immunize@gmu.edu) if you have questions about this immunization requirement. Read Mason’s vaccination policy #1416 here.

How to submit proof of COVID Vaccination

Take a picture or scan your documentation. Include your G number on the document. Upload your COVID vaccination card/documentation to the Patient Portal. Follow instructions in the portal. Select “COVID Vaccine Documentation” when uploading.

NOTICE: Students may need to set up 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) to log into the Patient Portal. If you have not already set up 2FA, visit the Mason ITS website for instructions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments in the U.S.

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all individuals age 12 and older.

Visit vaccine.gmu.edu for upcoming clinics and appointments at George Mason University.

Visit vaccines.gov to locate nationwide vaccination providers.

COVID Vaccination Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID Vaccine Requirement FAQ

Log Into Portal

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

You may need to set up 2-factor authentication (2FA) to log into the Patient Portal. If you have not already set up 2FA, visit the Mason ITS website for 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 or smart phone. If you are uploading multiple documents, you will need to 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 in black and white, or at a setting of 150 DPI to get a smaller file.
  • Do not include any special characters in the file name.

Step 2: Select “Upload” from the portal navigation menu. Choose the document you are uploading in the “Choose document you are uploading” drop down menu on the page.

Step 3: Click on “Select File,” and locate the file on your computer or smart phone.

Step 4: Click on the Upload button. The document will be listed below, as a confirmation that the document was added to the queue. If you made a mistake you may delete the file by clicking on the “X” at the end of the document name which is listed next to the Change box.

All the documents you have chosen to upload will appear below the Documents already on file section as a confirmation they were successfully uploaded. You can log back into the portal within 48 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. 

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

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Log into the Patient Portal. Select “Immunizations – “View History” from the navigation menu. A message will state “Overall Status – Verified” once your immunizations are complete. COVID vaccine will appear in the ‘Item on File’ section.

If you have an approved extension, your status will be listed as verified until the extension expires (if applicable).

Immunizations are required for all students. However, if you are enrolled in a 100% online PROGRAM, the Registrar has exempted you from all vaccine requirements. If you are enrolled for a fully online course load in fall 2021 and will not be participating in any activities on campus you may request a waiver from the COVID-19 vaccination documentation requirement.

You must complete the 100% Online – COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Waiver Request form, located on the Office of the University Registrar’s website (https://registrar.gmu.edu/forms/). The form will come to the Office of the University Registrar who will confirm your registration and add a notation on your record for the Fall 2021 semester only.

By submitting the form, you are acknowledging that you understand the requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and you are confirming that you will not participate in any on-campus classes or events—including Fall 2021 commencement–until you provide proof of vaccination.

Contact the Office of the University Registrar for questions about this process.
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Your healthcare provider must complete and sign the Mason Certificate of Medical Exemption for Immunizations Requirements Form (PDF). Medical diagnosis must be included. Upload it to the patient portal.

Newly admitted or newly re-admitted students should submit this form along with your Mason Immunization Record Form.

Students must submit the original, signed, and notarized Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption Form (Form CRE-1). Mail the original to the Immunization Office (4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA 22030).

Exemptions do not apply to the Tuberculosis Screening section on the Mason Immunization Record Form.

The religious exemption form is located on the Commonwealth of Virginia website – Google Religious Exemption Form Virginia. The correct form will say Form CRE-1 at the bottom.

No, you do not need to submit a new form.

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

You should submit your COVID vaccination documentation along with the Immunization Record Form.

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.

Individuals who were vaccinated in Virginia can request a copy of their immunization record using the Virginia Immunization Information System. Individuals vaccinated in another state can contact the state department of health to inquire about immunization records. The CDC has a list of state immunization systems.

If you cannot find your documentation, your provider can complete the COVID Vaccine/Testing Form.

 

Yes. If you received your COVID-19 vaccination at a Mason clinic, you must upload your vaccination documentation to the Health Services Patient Portal.

Submit documentation of your first dose by the deadline. Once you receive your second dose, submit your proof of vaccination.

Yes, Mason requires an United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized COVID vaccine.  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.

Email the Immunization Office (immunize@gmu.edu) before August 1 to request an extension. There is no cost for COVID vaccination in the U.S or at a Mason vaccination clinic.

Yes. 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 the vaccine.

Yes. Students are required to submit COVID vaccination documentation or have an approved exemption. Don’t delay – upload your COVID vaccination documentation to the Health Services Patient Portal.

Per university policy 1416, “failure to submit the required documentary proof of vaccination or be approved for an exemption by the required date may result in a hold being placed on the student’s account, late fees, disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, and other appropriate actions.  Residential students who are not in compliance will not be permitted to live on-campus.”

Contact the Immunization Office (703-993-2135 or immunize@gmu.edu)

Check your Mason email for the fall safety announcement from Dr. Washington on May 26, 2021.

If you have questions about the COVID vaccines, contact your healthcare provider or students can call Student Health Services (703-993-2831).

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.

No. You can mail the original, signed and notarized Religious Exemption Form to the Immunization Office (4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA 22030).

All immunization records and/or the medical exemption form must be uploaded to the Patient Portal.

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International Student COVID Vaccination FAQ

Yes, Mason requires an United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized COVID vaccine.  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.

Email the Immunization Office (immunize@gmu.edu) before August 1 to request an extension. There is no cost for COVID vaccination in the U.S or at a Mason vaccination clinic.

Click image to view the International Student Arrival Checklist.

International Student arrival checklist

Yes. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health department guidance, if you are traveling to the U.S., and have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine in your residence for 7-10 days after you arrive. Students should complete the Mason COVID Health Check daily after arrival in the U.S.

3-5 days after you arrive in the U.S. you should also get a viral COVID-19 test. Mason residential students (those living on campus) are required to get a test. You will receive an email from Mason with details about the testing process later in the summer.

For students who get a COVID-19 test:

  • If your test result is negative, continue to quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test result is positive, continue to stay at-home and isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. For students who test positive, Student Health Services will let you know when you can end your isolation period (called ‘clearance’).

If you do not get a COVID-19 test, you must self-quarantine in your residence for 10 days after travel and complete the Mason COVID Health Check daily.

*Fully vaccinated= you are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after the 2nd dose of a 2-dose series (such as Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or 2 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) authorized by the WHO or FDA.

Quiet quarantine is different from ‘medical quarantine’ because of a known COVID exposure. We are seeking to minimize risk to our community by following safety precautions as we have done all year.

Quiet quarantine= staying at home or in your residence hall room as much as possible. If you do leave your residence, this may be for specific reasons such as: getting a grab-and-go meal, accepting a grocery delivery, going for COVID testing, seeking medical attention, or spending a brief amount of time outside (socially distanced) to get fresh air and exercise. You must wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose if you leave your residence.

Yes, international students who have not yet gotten vaccinated are allowed to travel to and enter the U.S. (after appropriate testing). You can participate in classes and university activities after completing quarantine, following all safety protocols, and starting the vaccination submission process. Please read related FAQ for details.

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

  • Email the Immunization Office at immunize@gmu.edu to request an extension as soon as possible before the August 1 deadline.
  • Follow the 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.

If you met vaccination requirements for an exemption or extension by the deadline AND follow all safety protocols including quarantine, you can attend in-person classes and come onto campus if you are not yet fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated= you are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after a 1 dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or the 2nd dose of a 2-dose series (such as Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) authorized by the WHO or FDA.

Until fully vaccinated:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Try to maintain physical distance from others.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • You will need to quarantine as recommended by a healthcare provider if you are exposed to a person with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms, contact Student Health Services or your healthcare provider.
  • You will need to complete recurrent surveillance testing at least once weekly or as indicated by Mason.

*Fully vaccinated = you are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after the 2nd dose of a 2-dose series (such as Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or 2 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) authorized by the WHO or FDA.

Students should notify their professor(s) by email if they must miss class because of quarantine. It is recommended that you do so as soon as possible before the start of classes.

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