GW requires students, faculty, and staff in GW-owned or -operated facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a 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.

Vaccine and Booster Availability

The GW Medical Faculty Associates’ Vaccine Center offers free vaccine and booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also schedule an appointment online. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

If you are making an appointment for a booster dose, all appointments scheduled online appear as "First Dose" on the scheduling page and then are adjusted in the clinic.  

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 (such as CVS)  and doctors offices also offer the COVID-19 booster. 

Vaccine and Booster Documentation Verification

Members of the GW community must upload their COVID-19 vaccination 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.  Once verified, fully vaccinated individuals may also be exempt from travel quarantines.

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 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 record (you are not required to enter any dates). 

The Colonial Health Center (students) or Occupational Health (faculty and staff) will review your vaccination 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. 


Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots 

The George Washington University will require a COVID-19 vaccination booster dose for all eligible students, faculty and staff in university-owned or -operated facilities by January 10, 2022

The booster requirement aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation and is part of our ongoing efforts to keep the GW community healthy and safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

You must receive a booster dose and upload documentation to the medical portal by January 10, 2022, or as soon as you become eligible

If you currently have a medical or religious exemption to GW’s vaccine requirement, the booster mandate does not apply to you. However, you must continue to follow required campus health protocols. Frequently Asked Questions about GW's booster mandate are available.



Exemption Requests

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

  • Faculty and staff who wish to request an exemption should complete the faculty and staff 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 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 may be required. 
    • Upload your documents to the medical portal.
    • For questions, please email the Colonial Health Center at [email protected].

Gaining Access to Campus

GW community members can gain access to campus spaces by uploading proof of vaccination, getting a return to campus test and following a regular monthly testing protocol. The limited number of students, faculty and staff who have been granted vaccine exemptions will need also need a return to campus test and will need to adhere to a weekly testing protocol.

To access campus spaces, students, faculty and staff need to follow a series of steps detailed here.


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.