Fall 2021 Vaccine Requirement FAQs

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021. 

This requirement seeks to provide the best safety and protection from the virus on campus this fall. The following information is provided to help answer questions regarding the Fall 2021 semester. Note: the vaccine requirement applies to all students who are enrolled in any in-person class this fall, whether the class is held on campus or at another location.

Villanova will accept Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which were granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) through the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2020. The Pfizer-BioNTech received full FDA approval on Monday, August 23.

Villanova will also accept vaccines that have prequalified for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. A listing of COVID-19 vaccines that have been evaluated by the WHO and have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy can be found on the WHO website.

Proof of vaccination should be uploaded through Villanova's secure portal. Information submitted through this portal will remain confidential.

Some COVID-19 vaccines are being administered under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) designated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2020. The EUA designation means the FDA has evaluated tens of thousands of doses of the vaccines for safety and efficacy in three phases of clinical trials, and determined that the benefits outweigh the risks. The FDA expects to grant full approval to these vaccines by the Fall 2021.  

It depends upon which vaccine you receive. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses for protection against COVID-19 and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. To be “fully vaccinated,” you must be two weeks past the last shot in your COVID vaccine series (i.e., two weeks past your second shot in a two-shot series, or two weeks past your first shot in a one-shot series). 

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available through most retail pharmacy chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. You can also visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you.

The Student Health Center has a team of nurses reviewing every student’s uploaded vaccination card. The Office of Human Resources reviews all employee submissions. All COVID-19 vaccines administered must be registered with the Departments of Health. Submitting fake documents will result in disciplinary action for students, faculty and staff.

Yes. Students, faculty and staff who cannot or do not wish to receive the vaccine for religious or medical reasons can request an accommodation. 

Faculty will be required to provide proof of vaccination only if they come to campus. If a faculty member teaches fully online and will not be coming to campus this fall, proof of vaccination will not be required. 

Online faculty who come to campus at any time are required to be vaccinated and must upload proof of vaccination. If they indicate they will not come to campus and then do so anyway, they will be asked to provide evidence of being vaccinated to HR. 

Villanova will not require proof of vaccination from off-campus visitors who will be on campus for a short time.

All visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, and regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking) and at any other time designated by the University. Visitors will be expected to wear a mask when attending gatherings on campus, and organizers of events should convey this expectation to attendees.

Students enrolled exclusively in the University’s online programs are not required to be vaccinated if: (1) their program does not include any in-person experience or component (whether on campus or at another site), or (2) they will not come to campus or other University-sponsored location at any time during the Fall semester. Questions should be addressed to the director of the specific program.


If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Villanova's vaccine requirement, please contact:

Students (undergraduate, graduate, law):

Student Health Center
Email: covidsurvey@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-4070

Faculty and Staff:

Human Resources
Email: hr@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7900