Vaccination Information for Students

Getting vaccinated is the single most important action to aid in resuming all the activities that make our University the thriving academic community it is. 

It is understandable that some members of our community may be uncertain. COVID-19 is a new and evolving disease, and the science is evolving with it. Unfortunately, misinformation is widespread, and it is often difficult to know what sources to trust.  However, the clinical research and the vast majority of medical professionals all agree: 

  • The vaccines are safe 
  • The vaccines are effective
  • Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more (and we can do more as a community) 

The vaccines are widely available at no cost, and health authorities recommend every person over 12 years old get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

This webpage was created to provide essential and accurate information on the University’s student requirements and policies regarding vaccination, medical and safety information about the vaccine, and practical resources to help you get vaccinated. 

University requirements and policies for students

  • Getting vaccinated is required for all students. For more information, see student vaccination policies for:
  • Until further notice, unvaccinated individuals will be required to take additional actions to mitigate risk whenever they are on campus, including:
    • Weekly COVID-19 testing and recording of the results using the UR Ready app (as is the current process) and sharing proof of the results with a supervisor (for employees) or the Student Health Center (for students)
    • Completion of the daily health check found on the Redlands app (vaccinated individuals no longer need to complete the daily health check)
    • Physical distancing
    • Face covering indoors 

How to get the COVID-19 vaccine  

  • Search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccination locations near you in the U.S.

Information about the vaccine 

  • Prevalence of vaccination 
    • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all US adults have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 150 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
    • A study by the American Medical Association showed 96% of US doctors are fully vaccinated, and almost half of the 4% who are not already vaccinated plan to get vaccinated.
  • Vaccine Myths and Facts, according to the CDC and Johns Hopkins University
    • Myth: You can get COVID-19 from receiving the vaccine.
    • Fact: None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus.

    • Myth: Pregnant women or those hoping to become pregnant should not take the vaccine.
    • Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect fertility.

    • Myth: I do not need to get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID-19
    • Fact: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

    • Myth: The approval process for the vaccines was rushed, and these vaccines did not undergo the same scrutiny as other vaccines in the past.
    • Fact: The methods used to create these vaccines have been in development for years, and vaccine developers didn’t skip any testing steps but conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.

    • Myth: There may still be undiscovered side effects of the vaccine.
    • Fact: While this is possible, the likelihood is extremely low.  The first US adults who were part of initial clinical trials received the vaccine over one year ago and continue to be monitored closely. In addition, the years of research and development that have been put into mRNA and adenovirus vaccines (long before COVID-19) suggest it is unlikely that new, unknown side effects will emerge over time.

    • Other Myths: These include that the vaccine can make a person magnetic, alter a person’s DNA, cause a person to test positive for COVID-19, or affect a menstrual cycle.
    • Facts: None of these are factual. See the CDC and Johns Hopkins University for more information. 

According to the CDC, there can be side effects from the vaccine. The most common of these include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site or flu-like symptoms (fatigue, chills, fever, aches), and most typically go away after two days. If you are worried about how your specific health conditions might affect vaccination, you should speak to your physician.   

What is certain is that COVID-19 is a deadly virus. Even if you are not worried about getting COVID-19 yourself, getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, who may be more vulnerable.