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KU Employees Must be Fully Vaccinated by December 8, 2021.

Chancellor Girod announced that the University of Kansas will now require all KU employees to submit proof they are fully vaccinated. General information on the vaccine mandate, booster shots, and vaccine providers can be found below.

Vaccine Mandate Announcement

Upload Your Vaccine Record

Lawrence and Edwards Campus employees should have a clear photo or .PDF scan of their COVID-19 vaccination record, and click on the “Health and Safety” tile on the secure HR/Pay dashboard to gain access to the “Vaccinations” tile to upload their record. For detailed instructions visit the Vaccine Upload Instructions. 

Employees should upload their records as soon as possible — and no later than Nov. 29 — so their record can be verified by Dec. 8. 

Religious or Medical Exemptions

Visit the Exemptions page for information on how employees can apply for a religious or medical exemption through the applicable Human Resources office. Exemption requests must be submitted no later than Nov. 5. All applications will be secure and kept confidential.

Available Vaccines and Associated Deadlines

The CDC defines fully vaccinated as:

  • Two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The CDC also publishes recommended waiting periods following the first dose of the two-dose vaccine options. Considering these definitions and recommended waiting periods, please review the following timelines to meet the Dec. 8 deadline to become fully vaccinated for each of the three primary vaccine options.

Moderna Vaccine

OCT. 27 – Last day to receive first vaccine dose
NOV. 24 – Last day to receive second vaccine dose
DEC. 8 – Deadline to be fully vaccinated ,

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

NOV. 3 – Last day to receive first vaccine dose
NOV. 24 – Last day to receive second vaccine dose
DEC. 8 – Deadline to be fully vaccinated ,

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

NOV. 24 – Last day to receive single dose vaccine
DEC. 8 – Deadline to be fully vaccinated ,

Where to Get a Vaccine

Both the state of Kansas and the federal government have established websites to help you find vaccine locations near you.
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General Information

The best way each of us can do our part to protect ourselves and each other and fight the pandemic is to get vaccinated. KU requires all employees to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021. KU strongly recommends that all students get vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Current research shows the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19.

Vaccines are widely available at no cost for those 12 and older in Douglas County and elsewhere. Information about upcoming clinics is available through Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, which will begin offering walk-in appointments next week. The federal government has established a Vaccine website that also can help you find a vaccine location near you.

Members of the KU community may also set a vaccine appointment through Watkins Health Services, which has both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses available. Students may call 785-864-9507 or schedule an appointment through their secure patient portal.

KU encourages students who have completed their vaccination series to upload their information to the Watkins Patient Portal. You can learn more about the Student Vaccine Incentive Program on this site.

Booster Shots

Booster shots are widely available for anyone who meets the CDC's eligibility requirements. KU employees who meet this criteria and completed their initial Pfizer or Modera series at least six months ago, or their initial one-dose J&J shot at least two months ago, may schedule an appointment to receive a booster at Watkins Health Services:

  • KU students may call 785-864-9507
  • Faculty and staff may call 785-864-9565

Additional drive-through appointments and information about eligibility is available through Lawrence-Douglas County

The CDC is also permitting a "mix-and-match" booster approach. More information on receiving a booster shot that differs from your original vaccine is available through the CDC.