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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy


Willamette University is heartened by the community’s successful return, as much as possible, to a vibrant campus community, made possible by the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and the community’s ongoing care.  To further the community’s ongoing health and safety, this Policy supplements the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which required all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Fall 2021 in order to attend or be employed by Willamette.  

The COVID-19 vaccine boosters currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19.  For this reason, along with federal and regional guidelines, Willamette is requiring all eligible students, faculty, and staff to receive a vaccine booster by February 1, 2022.



Proof of full vaccination, including a vaccine booster for those eligible, is required by February 1, 2022.  Per Northwest Conference rules, student athletes must receive and show proof of their booster as soon as they are eligible to participate in university athletics.   Further information on how to provide proof of vaccination will be provided by Student Affairs and Human Resources.

This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19. 

Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. is acceptable.  The full number of doses of the relevant vaccine plus the vaccine booster must be completed by February 1, 2022.  

Employees will upload a copy of their vaccination card and provide the maker(s) of the vaccine and booster they received and the dates of their vaccination and booster through Workday.  Students will upload a copy of their vaccination card, and provide the maker and dates they received the vaccine(s) and booster through the secure student portal at Bishop Wellness Center.  Student Affairs and Human Resources will provide information and instructions on this process to the community and make it available on their webpages.  Employees should record the time spent receiving the vaccine or booster during work hours as work time and should notify their supervisors.


Students and employees may request an exemption from the vaccination and booster requirement for medical or religious reasons per the following process:

  • Students and employees who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student or employee to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  • Students and employees may seek a religious exemption and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request. 

Students and employees who have already been approved for a medical or religious exemption do not have to reapply to be exempt from the booster requirement.

The processes for seeking an exemption are available on the webpages for Human Resources and Bishop Wellness Center. Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Students or employees who have not received the booster and have not received an exemption by February 1, may be subject to registration holds, disciplinary actions, or other requirements or restrictions to support community health.

This vaccination requirement applies to all students attending Willamette, including full-time and part-time students, undergraduates and graduate students, domestic and international, and residential and non-residential students and those in both degree and non-degree granting programs. This requirement does not apply to programs that are fully online or for which physical presence on campus is not necessary.

The university will work with students who may have received a booster not approved for use in the United States to assure compliance with this policy, as necessary. International or other students abroad who have received a booster not approved for use in the United States should contact Bishop Wellness and the Office for International Education for consultation before taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

Willamette University

COVID-19 Task Force