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COVID-19 Vaccine

On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As anticipated, UL Lafayette students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a physician’s certification that the vaccine is medically contraindicated, or a written dissent.

By Monday, Sept. 20, all students (except dual enrollment students) must have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or submit a request for exemption to avoid registration challenges for Spring 2022 and Winter Intersession 2021. For students who receive the vaccine, your hold will be lifted after you complete your shot schedule (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson). If you opt for the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the University highly recommends that you receive your second dose on the recommended shot schedule; otherwise, your hold may not be lifted before your Spring 2022/Winter Intercession 2021 registration window.

Student Health Services highly recommends and encourages all students receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated helps protect yourself, your friends, family, coworkers, and community. Individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine will help the University community thrive together and thrive in person. We encourage you to read about the many health benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

In addition to preventing the COVID-19 virus, vaccinated students will usually not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Submit Your Completed COVID-19 Vaccination Status

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, submit completed vaccination documentation to Student Health Services in the Medicat Patient Portal.

Please note only vaccines approved by the WHO/U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be accepted.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

A COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic is open on campus for the Fall 2021 semester for University students, faculty and staff members, and the general public. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the former University Bookstore building at 210 E. St. Mary Blvd. You can walk in and register on-site.

Parking will be available in the E.K. Long parking lot at the corner of East St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Circle, and at a few reserved spots outside Burke-Hawthorne Hall.

The clinics will be administered by members of the Louisiana National Guard in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health and UL Lafayette.

If you are not on campus, almost all pharmacies will administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is free.

See a list of pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine near campus.

Vaccine Exemptions

All students (except dual enrollment students) who intend to request an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement based on medical or personal reasons must submit their documentation by Monday, Sept. 20.

Even if you opt to request an exemption now, you can still decide to receive the vaccine later and update your vaccination status with the University at that time.

Complete the Request for Exemption from Immunizations form to request an exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you request an exemption for medical reasons you must also upload the completed Vaccine Exemption Physician Certification. These forms serve as the required written statement and/or written consent.


Masks Required on Campus