Here’s what you need to know:
- COVID-19 vaccination is not required but strongly encouraged.
- No decision has been made on whether flu vaccination will be required for the 2021–22 academic year, but it is encouraged.
- Students and employees can request an exemption to any vaccination requirement.
Vaccination requirements are established to protect the health and safety of the university community and are based on the advice of public health experts.
COVID-19 vaccination is not required. All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, which has been proven to be safe and effective.
Flu vaccination was required for the 2020–21 academic year. No decision has been made on whether it will be required for the 2021–22 academic year, but vaccination is encouraged.
As the CDC has noted, the flu vaccine is especially important now because of the potential for the flu and COVID-19 to spread at the same time. During flu season, flu vaccinations protect individuals, prevent additional stress on health care resources, and decrease the chances of a flu outbreak masking a COVID-19 outbreak.
Consistent with state law, the UT System has required certain vaccinations for incoming students for several years. With any required vaccination, exemptions can be made for medical, religious, or other reasons.