Case Western Reserve University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff and students. Get full details. 

On-campus vaccine opportunities are available, including for Pfizer booster doses. Learn more about booster dose eligibility, then visit to schedule yours today.

Booster Doses

Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, Case Western Reserve University is offering booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines to eligible faculty, staff and students.

Find out eligibility guidelines.

Arrival to Campus

Case Western Reserve has varying quarantine protocols for incoming students based on vaccination status.

Fully Vaccinated Students

Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca vaccines—or the first (and only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Students who verify their vaccination status through the university’s secure health record system do not have to quarantine on arrival—regardless of whether they come from within or outside the U.S.

Case Western Reserve will provide updates regarding other acceptable vaccinations should additional information become available.

Students Who Are Not Considered Fully Vaccinated

Students not considered fully vaccinated include those who have:

  • not received the final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  • not received any vaccine; or
  • received other COVID-19 vaccines—for example, Sinovac or Sinopharm.

These students all will be expected to quarantine for at least seven days and receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being able to participate fully in campus activities. The university will administer these tests free of charge.

For those students scheduled to live in campus housing in the fall semester, the university will provide free housing and meals. Students will be permitted to move into their quarantine housing as early as August 7 if they would like to complete their quarantines before Discover Week begins.

Those students not living in campus housing will be expected to self-quarantine; if they are registered for a campus meal plan, they will have access to free meals if they would like them.

Students who have not received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be able to get those doses from University Health Services (again, free of charge) once they have verified their receipt of the first dose, including its date of administration.

University Health Services (UHS) also will administer both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for those students who are not vaccinated but would like to be. Again, students will not have to pay for these vaccines.

UHS will consult with those students who have received other vaccines regarding their options.

About the Vaccines

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the vaccines that are now available.

As of now, expert federal panels have independently evaluated and approved distribution of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson within the United States.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses (Pfizer, 21 days after the first; Moderna, 28 days after the first), while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one. A "booster dose" is now available for eligible individuals who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and meet certain qualifications.

Federal health officials consider all three highly effective and encourage people to get whatever vaccine is available.

None of the more than 121,000 participants in clinical trials for the three vaccines had severe reactions determined to be related to the vaccine.

Of the hundreds of thousands of doses administered in the U.S. in December, about a half dozen people receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine suffered severe allergic reactions. Only one such reaction to Moderna has been reported; it was in a physician who has a severe shellfish allergy. He had recovered fully by the following day, and continues to advocate for vaccination. In the spring, a low number of severe reactions were reported with the J&J vaccine, primarily in women under the age of 50. After a temporary pause in administering these vaccines, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the continued use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

The most common side effects from the vaccines include feeling fatigue or mild soreness in your upper arm. Some also experience a headache, fever and/or chills, but all usually go away within a few hours or by the next morning.

People who have already had a COVID-19 vaccine should not get another one. People who are prone to severe allergies, pregnant, breastfeeding or immunocompromised may want to speak with their health providers before receiving a vaccine.

Masks are required indoors—unless alone in an enclosed space—for anyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, as well as outdoors if you are unable to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. See our mask regulations.

Per federal health officials’ guidance, those eligible to receive these booster doses are those who received the final dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and meet the criteria below.

Those who should receive a booster are:

  • people 65 and older and residents of long-term care settings who received their second Pfizer vaccine dose at least six months ago; and
  • people 50 to 64 years of age who have underlying medical conditions, among them those with cancer, diabetes or heart conditions, as well as individuals who are pregnant or immunocompromised. 

Those who may receive a booster are: 

  • people 18 to 49 years of age who have underlying medical conditions, among them those with cancer, diabetes or heart conditions, as well as individuals who are pregnant or immunocompromised; and
  • people 18 to 64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of the nature of their work or the type of institution where they work or live. The FDA has indicated such groups include health care and child care workers, as well as teachers. Also included would be those in long-term health care facilities, inmates and homeless shelter residents.

Those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible for the Pfizer boosters.

Learn more about the Pfizer booster dose being offered on campus.

This fact sheet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides an easy-to-understand summary about the vaccines.

This CDC webpage offers information about what to expect on the day you go to get your first vaccination.

Distribution of Vaccines (Ohio)

Distribution of Vaccines (CWRU)

Case Western Reserve is offering vaccines to the campus community by appointment only. Schedule your appointment online.

Effective Monday, Sept. 27, Case Western Reserve is distributing booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who are eligible.

Learn more about eligibility and how to schedule your appointment.