Vaccinations and Booster Doses

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

As of Dec. 17, Case Western Reserve now also requires that all members of the campus community document receipt of a booster dose no later than Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. If you are unable to secure a booster dose by then, you are expected to arrange to get one no later than Friday, Jan. 7.

You can find the vaccination clinic schedule between now and Dec. 22 on this calendar; the university will resume vaccination clinics on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Pharmacies across the country also are providing free booster doses.

If the timing of your original vaccination is such that you will not be eligible for a booster before Jan. 7, you are expected to submit confirmation of receiving a booster within three days of becoming eligible.

Finally, if you have a university-approved exemption for COVID-19 vaccinations, it also applies to this new measure. You do not need to take any additional steps. 

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

On-Campus Vaccine Clinics

From Jan. 3 through Jan. 8, vaccine clinics will be held in Adelbert Gym (moved from the Nursing Research Building) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The last appointment will be taken 30 minutes prior to the clinic closing (i.e., 3:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.). Parking is free in lot 55.

Clinics are open to the public and no appointment is needed. However, CWRU faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to schedule online at

See the Full Vaccination Schedule

Vaccination Status

Fully Vaccinated

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine—Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech Covaxin, Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Cero Cells), Sinovac CoronaVac)—or the first (and only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

Not Fully Vaccinated

Individuals not considered fully vaccinated include those who have:

  • not received the final dose of a WHO- approved COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech Covaxin, Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Cero Cells), Sinovac CoronaVac or Johnson & Johnson);
  • not received any vaccine; or
  • received other COVID-19 vaccines—for example, Sputnik, CHO Cell or CanSino.

Arrival to Campus

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

Students who verify through the university's secure health record system that they are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine on arrival—regardless of whether they come from within or outside the U.S.

Students who are not fully vaccinated 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 who are not fully vaccinated but scheduled to live in campus housing in the spring semester, the university will provide free housing and meals during this quarantine period. Students will be permitted to move into their quarantine housing as early as Jan. 2 to complete their quarantines before classes begin.

Those students who are not fully vaccinated but 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.

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.

When traveling—domestically or internationally—all faculty, staff and students must comply with the university's travel policy regarding testing and quarantine.

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 the CDC guidelines, everyone ages 18 and older who received Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines is eligible for a booster.

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines

You should get a booster if you are:

  • Ages 50 years and older
  • Ages 18 years and older and live in a long-term care setting

You may get a booster if you are:

  • Ages 18 years and older

You can receive a booster dose once at least six months have passed since completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series (i.e., first and second doses).

You may choose to receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) as the booster.

If you received Johnson & Johnson

You should get a booster if you are 18 years and older.

You can receive a booster dose once at least two months have passed since you received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

You may choose to receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) as the booster.

CWRU students, faculty, and staff may schedule a booster through Members of the CWRU community—as well as those not affiliated with the university—also can schedule an appointment by calling 216.368.1964.

More information about scheduling, including walk-in availability, is available on our vaccine website.

When you receive a booster shot, you have the option to either get the same COVID-19 vaccine product (Moderna will be given as a different dose) as you received originally, or a different manufacturer’s  COVID-19 vaccine. You may prefer for the vaccine type that you originally received, or you may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster shots (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen). 

Please consider the benefits and risks of each manufacturer’s vaccine. Staff at the CWRU Vaccine sites cannot provide such guidance, so you may also want to discuss options with your healthcare provider before coming to your appointment. 

CWRU students may consult with University Health Services about booster vaccine options by emailing

Faculty and staff—as well as individuals coming from outside the university—should consult with their regular healthcare provider. Clinical information from the CDC about individual risks and benefits can be found on the agency’s website.

Per the CDC’s guidance, adults 18 years and older who have completed a primary series of a non-FDA authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or a mix-and-match series of any combination of FDA-approved, FDA-authorized or WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccines should receive a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, Case Western Reserve is distributing booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who are eligible.

Learn more about eligibility and how to schedule your appointment.