Flu Vaccine Required for Residential Students 20-21

Flu vaccination requirement for residential students

To help protect the health and well-being of our residence hall communities, all residential students (students living on-campus/in Mason Housing) are required to get an influenza (flu) vaccine this 2020-2021 season. 

The deadline to get a flu vaccination and submit proof of vaccination for new spring 2021 residential students is January 4, 2021. Residential students must either be vaccinated at a Student Health Services clinic or provide documented proof of vaccination.  Friday, December 11, 2020 was the deadline for fall residential students to submit documentation. Residential students received an initial email notification with this information on October 9, 2020.

Contact the Immunization Office at 703-993-2135 or by email at immunize@gmu.edu if you have questions about the flu vaccination requirement.

Where to get flu vaccination

Student Health Services is offering several on-campus flu shot clinics to help students become compliant. A list of upcoming clinics is available at https://shs.gmu.edu/services/flushot/.

Students can get a flu vaccine from the healthcare provider of their choice, just remember to submit proof of vaccination. Flu vaccines are offered in many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, and pharmacies.

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a receipt of vaccination at your appointment.

How to submit proof of flu vaccination

Take a picture or scan your receipt of vaccination. Documentation should include your name, the name of the healthcare facility and provider,  type of vaccine, and the date of vaccination. Include your G number on the document. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for this documentation at your appointment.

Upload documentation to the online Patient Portal. Visit our portal information page if you need upload instructions. Select “Flu Vaccine Documentation” when uploading.

If you are vaccinated with Student Health Services, Student Health will confirm your compliance.

Additional FAQ

How will I know if I have met the requirement?

About 48 business hours after submission, log into the Patient Portal to check your compliance status.

I already received my flu vaccine, but do not have the documentation. How can I get proof of vaccination?

Contact the healthcare provider or facility where you received your flu vaccine and ask for a receipt of vaccination or your vaccine record. Contact the Immunization Office if you have questions about obtaining proof of vaccination.

What if I am going home for Thanksgiving or winter break and not returning to my on-campus residence until next semester?

You are required to get your flu vaccine and submit proof of vaccination by the deadline.

What if there is a medical reason I cannot be vaccinated?

Your healthcare provider must complete and sign the Mason Certificate of Medical Exemption. Upload this form to the patient portal. Select “Immunization Support Documents” when uploading.

I will be a new residential student in spring 2021, do I have to submit proof of flu vaccination?

Yes. The deadline for new spring 2021 residential students to submit proof of vaccination is January 4, 2021. A residential student is a student who is living on-campus/in Mason Housing.