Case Western Reserve University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff and students. Get full details.
On-campus vaccine opportunities are available; visit case.edu/vaccine to see a schedule of upcoming clinic dates.
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.
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.
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.
As of July 1, masks are not required outdoors at Case Western Reserve for fully vaccinated individuals, though they are still required in public settings indoors. See our mask regulations.
Distribution of Vaccines (Ohio)
All Ohio residents ages 12+ are eligible for vaccination. Visit the state's website to learn more about the phased approach and eligibility.
Distribution of Vaccines (CWRU)
Gov. DeWine said in December that people 65 and over constitute 87% of the state’s deaths related to COVID-19. If Case Western Reserve cannot provide people in that category a vaccine, will the university at least allow them to work remotely?
One of the lessons of this pandemic is that nearly every person’s situation is different. Some in their 20s are so severely immunocompromised as to be at greater risk than a person three times their age. University leaders have worked closely with supervisors to identify ways to support the university’s mission of education and research in light of individual staff concerns about health. People with specific concerns should contact Human Resources at AskHR@case.edu.