Student COVID-19 vaccine requirement
On August 20, 2021, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health approved COVID-19 vaccine requirements for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) students. All undergraduate and graduate students are required to provide documentation of a completed vaccination series against COVID-19 before enrolling for the Spring 2022 semester. This means students must receive both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine before they can enroll when enrollment times begin on November 1.
As with all other vaccinations that are required to attend the University, students will not be allowed to enroll in Spring 2022 classes (or future classes) until documentation of completed COVID-19 vaccination series or approved medical or religious exemption is on file.
How to submit your COVID-19 vaccination documentation
All undergraduate and graduate students who plan to enroll and be on campus for the spring 2022 semester need to upload their proof of full vaccination.
- You will need to have your NSHE ID number when submitting your proof of vaccination.
- These submissions will be verified and processed by the Office of Admissions and Records within 5-7 business days.
- Once processed, enrollment holds within MyNEVADA will be automatically removed and you will be able to enroll is classes for the spring 2022 semester as your enrollment time comes available.
Please upload documents by Oct. 20 to ensure processing in time for your earliest enrollment time.
COVID-19 vaccination requirement overview
A completed vaccination series is required. Students must have completed a vaccination series to enroll. Students who have begun but have not completed a vaccination series may not enroll. For example, two (2) does of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one (1) dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine satisfies current requirements.
Approved COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines that are currently FDA approved or under the FDA's emergency use authorization meet this requirement:
Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization are also acceptable.
COVID-19 vaccination documentation
Students may submit the following to satisfy COVID-19 vaccination requirements:
- A CDC COVID-19 vaccination card
- Board of Health record (WebIZ for immunizations given in Nevada only),
- Proof of vaccination provided by a medical provider
- Proof of vaccination provided by an authorized COVID-19 vaccination administrator
Medical and religious exemptions
As with all required immunizations, there are limited exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Exemption forms are still being reviewed by the Nevada System of Higher Education in consultation with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
If the administration of immunizing agents is against your religious tenets or practices and you have a sincere religious belief, you can fill out the Religious Exemption Form (will be available at at a later date).
Religious exemption requests will be evaluated and and processed by the Office of Admissions and Records. If approved, the enrollment hold will be lifted. Religious exemptions will need to be renewed on an annual basis. If the application is not approved, the student will receive direction with next steps.
Medical exemption requests will be reviewed and processed by the Student Health Center. Completed applications will be evaluated and if approved, the enrollment hold will be lifted. Exemptions may be approved on a temporary or permanent basis depending on the medical condition.
Please note: Nevada Administrative Code 441A.755 provides that if the health authority determines that, at University, there is a case having a communicable disease against which immunity is required for admission, and a student who has not submitted proof of immunity to that disease is attending that university, the University shall require that: (a) The student be immunized; or (b) the student be excluded from the University until allowed to return by the health authority.
Students who are exempt from receiving the COVID vaccine for medical or religious reasons may be subject to regular testing for COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement
Do I need to submit documentation of vaccination if I was vaccinated on campus?
Yes. Even if you were vaccinated on campus or have submitted your documentation for the Vax the Pack drawing or for employment purposes, you will need to submit your documentation for enrollment purposes.
What if I lost my CDC COVID-19 vaccination card?
Contact your state Board of Health to get a copy of your record.
What if I've had COVID-19 and carry antibodies? Do I still have to get vaccinated?
Yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person should be vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19 because of the following:
- Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19
- Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19
What if my classes are online only? Do I still have to provide vaccination documentation?
We encourage all students to provide their vaccination documentation to allow for self-service in enrollment. If there are any components of the course that utilize campus resources, enrollment is still subject to the vaccination requirements even if the majority of the class is online (such as an on-campus orientation).
If all courses are offered 100% web-based, the student may still enroll into those classes. Students enrolled into 100% web-based courses who have not provided immunization documentation will need to complete enrollment requests for manual enrollment into each class.
Is the completed COVID-19 vaccination the only immunization requirement for enrollment?
No. Prior to enrollment the University also requires 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), one dose of Tetanus/Diptheria (TD) within the last 10 years, and one dose Meningococcal (MCV4) on or after age 16 (for incoming freshmen).