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COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international students

IU Sophomore Alanna Wu receives her COVID-19 vaccination at the Orange County Community Center in Paoli, Indiana. Multiple vaccines satisfy the university's requirement, according to IU.
IU Sophomore Alanna Wu receives her COVID-19 vaccination at the Orange County Community Center in Paoli, Indiana. Multiple vaccines satisfy the university's requirement, according to IU.

International students can get any COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration or recommended by the World Health Organization, according to the IU COVID-19 FAQ page.

Accepted vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm,  Dr. Lana Dbeibo, director of vaccine initiatives for IU's Medical Response Team, said in a webinar.

Individuals who live in an international location that may not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine should submit a vaccination upon arrival request. International students who can’t access a COVID-19 vaccine in their location will not be penalized. 

IU students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated by August 15 or when they return to campus after August 1, whichever comes first, according to the IU COVID-19 vaccine page

Individuals should have received their first dose by July 1 to meet IU’s vaccination requirement, according to the IU COVID-19 FAQ page. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after having all doses of the vaccine. All current students, faculty and staff should report their COVID-19 vaccination using the COVID-19 vaccine report form. 

Documentation of the vaccine is recommended but not required. The documentation does not have to be in English.

IU students, staff and faculty can submit an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine by filling out an online request form. Approved exemptions include religious exemptions, medical exemptions with documentation and medical deferrals, according to the IU COVID-19 vaccine page.  

IU students who choose not to meet the vaccine requirement and don’t receive an exemption will have their class registration canceled and will not participate in any on-campus activities. Faculty and staff who choose not to meet the requirement will no longer be employed by Indiana University, according to the IU COVID-19 vaccine page. 

Unvaccinated students who meet exemptions will be required to participate in regular mitigation testing and wear masks until they are vaccinated. They can still participate in orientation, classes and other activities, according to the IU COVID-19 FAQ page. 

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