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COVID-19 Vaccination

Our Vaccination Requirement

Northwestern requires COVID-19 vaccination for all faculty, staff and students who will work or participate in programs on-campus for the 2021-22 academic year.

Limited exceptions are available. You must submit proof of your vaccination or request an exception in order register for classes or continue to work at Northwestern.

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Vaccine Boosters

The University now requires booster shots.

After consultation with public health officials and its own infectious disease experts, Northwestern announced on Dec. 20, 2021 that, subject to limited exceptions, all students, faculty and staff are required to obtain COVID-19 booster shots. Northwestern’s COVID-19 booster requirement does not apply to people who have previously received a non-temporary exception to Northwestern’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement, including those who have personal medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from being vaccinated.

Learn more about Booster Availability and Guidelines.

Report Your Vaccination

Complete the appropriate COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure form to report your vaccination or request an exception. Students, faculty and staff members vaccinated through a Northwestern vaccination event already have their record on file and do not need to submit a disclosure form.

Faculty, staff and students can attest to their boosters and upload their documentation online.

Ways to Get Vaccinated

Do you need a vaccination appointment? Northwestern can help.

person getting vaccinated

Students, faculty and staff should take advantage of the free walk-up appointments offered by pharmacies such as WalgreensCVS and Jewel-Osco. If a faculty or staff member is a patient of Northwestern Medicine, NM is offering free COVID-19 appointments. If you still need assistance making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, contact the vaccine support team by emailing