As of August 24, 2021, Ohio State is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-approved vaccine. The university will also accept a vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA or Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement.
Students should visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website
to learn more about how to get vaccinated on the Columbus campus and around Ohio.
Students should log in to their MyChart
account to schedule their COVID-19 test through Ohio State. View the step-by-step guide
. If you are a new student and have not signed up for a MyChart account, you will receive instructions about this via email on a date yet to be announced.
If you are moving in before this, you will be able to use an alternative testing method at Jesse Owens North. If you run into any issues, contact the MyChart email address that will be included in the message or call 1-614-366-6975.Q. Will I have to quarantine when I arrive on campus?
A. The university will follow CDC guidelines
, and students should follow their recommendations. If you test positive upon arriving on campus, you will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. Isolation is required regardless of your vaccination status. The Case Investigation and Contact Tracing and Student Support teams at Ohio State will be in contact to assist with next steps, which will include determining the best place to isolate, either on-campus in dedicated housing or at an alternate location.
Please visit Safe and Healthy Buckeyes for more information on the university's testing
requirements.Q. As an international student, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States? Is there a cost?
A. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, you are eligible to receive it once you arrive in the United States. Students should log in to their MyChart
account to schedule their vaccination through Ohio State. View the step-by-step guide
The vaccine used at your appointment is based on availability on the day you receive it. Ohio State is currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The government is providing the vaccine free of charge, and health plans are required to cover the cost of administration. Patients who receive a vaccination will not be asked to pay anything out of pocket.Q. Will I be required to be vaccinated?
A. Yes. The university requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students should visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website
to learn more about how to get vaccinated on Ohio State's Columbus campus and around Ohio.Q. What if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States? Should I be concerned about getting vaccinated again?
A. The university will accept international vaccines based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
, which recognizes vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
All students are encouraged to share their vaccination information with the university because WHO is constantly updating its list of approved vaccines (check your BuckMD account for instructions). As of May 13, 2021, those vaccines include the three approved for use in the United States — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — as well as:
If you are uncertain about the status of a particular vaccine, please contact Student Health Services at 614-292-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have medical-related questions about mixing vaccines, students are encouraged to submit non-urgent medical questions through BuckMD
Students will be considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose in a vaccination series.
Q. Will I be required to be vaccinated and report my vaccination status if I am studying remotely?
- If your vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the WHO, you will not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
- If your vaccine has not been authorized for emergency use by WHO, you should schedule a vaccine appointment once you arrive in the United States in order to be considered as “fully vaccinated” by the university and public health officials.
A. If you will not be on campus at all and/or cannot get a WHO-approved vaccine before the deadline because of location, you can complete the exemption process
, which would allow you to stay in compliance with the requirement. The university encourages and expects students to receive the vaccine when/if they arrive on campus.