The George Washington University requires students, faculty, staff and postdocs to receive the primary series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least one booster shot, unless they receive an approved exemption. 

The following guidance applies to this new requirement:

  • Any vaccine authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. This information may change as the FDA and WHO authorize (or approve) additional vaccines.
  • Vaccination cards must be uploaded to the medical portal. Instructions for this process are available here.
  • We will grant limited exemptions, such as for medical or religious reasons.  
  • We will exercise discretion in enforcing the mandate for those who have extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control and that will cause delays in vaccination.

More detailed information about this requirement is available in our FAQs.


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GW’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2023 New, Incoming Students

All new, incoming undergraduate students (first-years and transfers) must upload their vaccine documentation by June 15, 2023. If you are not in compliance with GW’s vaccine and booster requirement, you will not be able to move into your residence halls and will not be able to register for fall classes on your designated registration day.  

All new, incoming graduate, law and medical students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation and have it verified before they are able to register for fall classes based on their program’s registration schedule.  


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Vaccine and Booster Availability

To find a COVID-19 vaccine and booster near you, visit

In Virginia, GW Nursing is partnering with My Dr's Pharmacy to administer COVID-19 boosters; appointments are required.

Many local health departments, retail pharmacies and doctors offices also offer the COVID-19 booster. 

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Vaccine and Booster Documentation Verification

Members of the GW community must upload their COVID-19 vaccination and booster records to the medical portal for verification by a medical provider. If you only have partially completed a two-dose vaccine series, please upload the documentation you currently have so that your partial compliance can be noted.  

If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still continue following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others. 

Instructions to Upload COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Documentation: 

  • Take a photo or scan your vaccination or booster record, and keep a copy for your own records. 
  • Log into the medical portal.
  • Click on the "Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information" button on the Home screen.
  • On the pop-up window, click the "Upload" button to upload a copy or photo of your vaccination or booster record (you are not required to enter any dates). 

The Student Health Center (students) or Occupational Health (faculty, staff, postdocs) will review your vaccination or booster record and add it to your medical record. This is a manual process and may take up to a week for your record to be updated. 

If you have issues uploading your booster documentation, you may send it in an attachment to Student Health Center (students) at [email protected] or Occupational Health (faculty, staff, postdocs) at [email protected].   


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Exemption Requests

We will grant limited exemptions, such as for medical or religious reasons.

  • Faculty, staff and postdocs who wish to request an exemption should complete the exemption form and submit it through the medical portal. Instructions for uploading the exemption form are as follows:
    • Log into the medical portal.
    • Click on "Messages" (left column).
    • Select "New Message." 
    • From the Communications Options available, choose "Occupational Health (Faculty/Staff/Postdocs Only) and click "Continue."
    • On the Message Form, provide the following information: 
      • Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption
      • Attachments: You must attach the completed COVID-19 exemption form and documentation to support an exempt status. 
    • Click "Send." Your documents have been submitted to the Occupational Health team. 
    • It may take several days to review your record. You will be notified by the team when your exemption status has been reviewed.
    • For questions, contact GW Occupational Health at 202-677-6230 or [email protected].


  • Students seeking exemption from any of the immunization requirements for medical or religious reasons must follow the guidance below:
    • If you are seeking an exemption due to a good faith religious objection, you must submit a personal letter explaining how the vaccination violates your religious beliefs.
    • If you are seeking an exemption for medical reasons, a personal statement of need for a medical exemption, and a letter from the attending clinician is required. 
    • Upload your documents to the medical portal.
    • For questions, please email the Student Health Center at [email protected]. You must provide your GWID with your message.


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Vaccine Research at GW


Event: COVID-19 Vaccines 101

GW experts from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine & Health Sciences and the School of Nursing discussed the COVID-19 vaccine during a live event on March 2, 2021. A recording of the event is available.

GW Plays Essential Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use

The university served as a clinical trial site for the mRNA vaccine developed by NIH and Moderna, Inc., helping ensure the vaccine was safe and effective for a diverse population.

George Washington University to Participate in Sanofi COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

GW will be a clinical trial site for Sanofi and GSK’s adjuvanted recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

GW researcher with vaccine test tubes


For more information about GW's vaccine research, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Trials at GW website.