Face coverings are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
UW personnel and students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Updated: Sept. 26, 2021

Who is required to be vaccinated | Deadlines | Verification | Exemptions | Privacy protections

The University of Washington requires students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Attest to your vaccination status

Students

Students are able to attest to their vaccination status through the secure COVID-19 vaccination attestation form linked below. You will be able to change your answers after submitting the form, such as if you declare an exemption and later decide to get vaccinated.

If you are planning to be vaccinated but have not yet received your last shot – either the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the single dose of a one-dose vaccine – if you are a student, please wait until after your last shot before completing the form.

Students who are also employed by the University need to complete the student attestation and have their vaccination status verified through the process for employees outlined below.

Students who submit false or inaccurate information on their attestations or submit false or inaccurate information during the verification process are subject to disciplinary procedures that can include dismissal from the University.

student vaccination ATTESTATION 

UW personnel, including student employees

The attestation form for University of Washington personnel closed on Sept. 20, 2021. Vaccination status is now verified through the process outlined below, which includes details on the process for claiming a medical or religious exemption.

Students who are also employed by the University need to complete the student attestation and have their vaccination status verified through the process for employees outlined below.

UW Medicine personnel

  • If you were already vaccinated with UW Medicine through the employee process, no action is needed.
  • If you were vaccinated through the UW Medicine patient process via Epic or at another healthcare location, you will need to submit proof of your vaccination using the c19-vaccine.uwmedicine.org scheduling portal.
  • School of Medicine clinical employees should complete both the UW Medicine and UW verification processes.

Who is required to be vaccinated?

Students

All students, including students in fully online programs, are required to be vaccinated if they do not receive a medical or religious exemption.

Personnel, including student employees

Under Gov. Inslee’s proclamation, full vaccination is a condition of employment effective Oct. 18, 2021, if a medical or religious exemption is not granted by that date. A “condition of employment” means your employment will end on Oct. 18 if you are not vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption.

Deadlines

Students

Students must submit the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form

  • As soon as possible after the second dose of a 2-dose series or after a 1-dose vaccine, after they have decided to declare an exemption, or by the start of autumn quarter on September 29, 2021, whichever date is earliest.
  • Students who are unable to get vaccinated until after arriving on campus may submit their form by November 5, 2021.
  • A hold will be placed on winter quarter registrations if the form has not been submitted by November 5, 2021.

Personnel, including student employees

For UW personnel, vaccination is a condition of employment as of Oct. 18, 2021 under Gov. Inslee’s proclamation. A “condition of employment” means your employment will end on Oct. 18 if you are not vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption.

Verification

Students

After students complete their attestation, the University will verify students’ vaccination status through the state’s vaccination database and/or through requests for additional documentation. Students requesting medical or religious exemptions will also be required to provide additional information regarding their exemption before final approval.

More details on the student vaccination verification process will be posted on this page the week of Sept. 26. Students who need to submit additional information — either to prove vaccination status or to document a medical or religious exemption — will be contacted directly. Students who submit false or inaccurate information on their attestations or submit false or inaccurate information during the verification process are subject to disciplinary procedures that can include dismissal from the University.

Personnel, including student employees

Gov. Inslee’s proclamation requires that employees and others subject to the requirement provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a vaccine regimen.

At the UW, the vaccination verification process is being coordinated at the department/appointing unit level and facilitated by your Workday HR Partner or Academic Partner or I-9 Coordinator. These are the only roles authorized to verify proof of vaccination. Your department’s authorized staff will schedule time to meet with you prior to Oct. 12, 2021, to visually observe proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. They may do so either in person or virtually, such as over Zoom.

The COVID-19 vaccine verification webpage provides additional details about the vaccination verification process.

Exemptions

Exemptions may sought for documented medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical exemptions are no longer allowed for students or personnel.

Students

Students requesting exemptions will need to provide separate documentation to confirm their exemption. Detailed instructions and deadlines for submission will be shared after the student vaccination attestation deadline passes on Sept. 29. Thank you for your patience.

Personnel, including student employees

Medical exemption and accommodation: If you have an underlying medical condition and/or disability that prevents you from receiving an authorized COVID-19 vaccine, your healthcare provider must complete the UW COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form which will be reviewed by UW Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).

  1. Download the UW COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form and complete the Patient section. Ask your licensed healthcare provider (MD, DO, ND, ARNP, PA) to complete the rest of the form and return it to you.
  2. Log into the secure Vaccination Exemption Request tool (UW NetID and DUO log-in required) to submit your completed UW COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form.
  3. You will be notified by email of the decision, and if approved for an exemption you will also be notified of the enhanced safety measures you will need to take.

Religious exemption and accommodation: If you have a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that prevents you from being vaccinated against COVID-19, you are required to complete the online Vaccine Religious Accommodation Request Form, which will be reviewed by UWHR (for staff) or the Office of Academic Personnel (for faculty, librarians and other academic personnel.)

  1. Log into the secure Vaccination Exemption Request tool (UW NetID and DUO log-in required) to complete a series of questions required to process your religious exemption request.
  2. You will be notified by email of the decision, and if approved for an exemption you will also be notified of the enhanced safety measures you will need to take.

Privacy protections

Vaccination attestation information is private and confidential:

  • Vaccination information is considered confidential medical information under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is exempted from disclosure under the Public Records Act.
  • Managers may not use, share or disclose this information for any purpose other than upholding compliance with state regulations.
  • Employees may not ask colleagues about their vaccination status.
  • Instructors may not ask their students about their vaccination status, nor will they have access to students’ records or be expected to confirm students’ vaccination status. Instructors may broadly inform students that individuals who are not fully vaccinated need to wear face coverings in the classroom.

“Shot of a lifetime” promotion

As part of Washington’s Shot of a Lifetime program, in-state undergraduates and graduates may be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship if they are fully vaccinated.The UW will randomly select 10 students on each campus who meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Washington resident undergraduate or graduate student
  • You attested to being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before 9 a.m. on September 17
  • You completed 6 or more credits during the spring 2021 quarter
  • You did not graduate/complete your program at the end of spring 2021

If you have already completed your attestation, you’re done! If not, fill it out today or make plans to be fully vaccinated within the following time frame:

  • Johnson & Johnson: Receive the shot no later than September 3
  • Pfizer: In order to be fully vaccinated by the deadline, you need to begin this series no later than August 13. We strongly recommend starting as soon as possible.
  • Moderna: In order to be fully vaccinated by the deadline, you need to begin this series no later than August 6.

The Office of Student Financial Aid plans to notify winners in late September.

More information on COVID-19 vaccines