FAQs: Vaccines

Are Mason students required to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, although Mason strongly encourages all students to get vaccinated and get a booster shot.

You can make an appointment for a vaccine or booster on the Fairfax Campus.

Are Mason employees required to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, although Mason strongly encourages faculty and staff to get vaccinated and get a booster shot.

You can make an appointment for a vaccine or booster on the Fairfax Campus.

If I had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need still need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Mason strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated and boosted, including those who have had COVID-19 and recovered. The university is following CDC guidelines, which advise that  individuals “should be vaccinated regardless of whether [they] already had COVID-19.”

Is natural immunity from a previous COVID-19 infection grounds to apply for a medical exemption from the vaccination?

No. Public health experts recommend vaccination and boosters even with prior COVID exposure or illness.

I lost my vaccination card / documents. What should I do?

Contact the provider who administered the vaccination to request a replacement card. This may be a health department, pharmacy, or another health care provider. Documentation should include your name, the name of the health care facility/provider, type of vaccine, and the date of vaccination. 

If you were vaccinated in Virginia, you can request a copy of your immunization record using the Virginia Immunization Information System.

If you were vaccinated in another state, contact the state department of health to inquire about immunization records.  

If you cannot find documentation, your provider can complete the COVID Vaccine/Testing Form (PDF). 

I am a newly admitted or re-admitted student. Does the COVID vaccination also have to be transcribed onto the Mason Immunization Record Form?

No, it does not have to be transcribed onto the Immunization Record Form.   

You can make an appointment for a vaccine or booster on the Fairfax Campus.

What if I have questions about the vaccination requirement or proof of vaccination?

Contact the Immunization Office (703-993-2135).  

What if I have questions about COVID vaccines?

Contact your health care provider or call Student Health Services (703-993-2831). 

Visit the Office of Safety, Emergency, and Risk Management for FAQ about the Mason vaccine clinics. 

Information about COVID vaccines is also available from the Centers for Disease Control.


 

Third Shots / Boosters

What’s the difference between a third shot and a booster shot?

Third shots are given to individuals who are immunocompromised at least 28 days after a second shot.  A third shot is needed because a person who is immunocompromised may not have the desired antibody production from only two shots. 

A booster shot is given after a specified amount of time because there is evidence to suggest that people's initial immune response may decline over time.

Who is eligible for a booster shot?

The CDC and FDA have authorized and recommended booster doses for individuals age 12 and older who received any of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S.  

  • Individuals who completed their initial series of Pfizer or Moderna at least five months ago are eligible for a booster.
  • Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a booster two months after their initial vaccine.

Where can I get a third or booster shot at Mason?

You can schedule a vaccine or booster at Fenwick Library, A Wing, on the Fairfax Campus.

You can also schedule a vaccine or booster online at another location or by calling 1-800-232-0233 for more information.

What if I was vaccinated in another state?

If you were vaccinated in another state, you can still obtain your third shot or booster shot, if eligible, at Mason.

You are required to bring your vaccine card to your appointment.

You may be required to contact your state’s health department to update your vaccination record. Virginia’s vaccination system may not communicate with your states vaccine record system. Regional state systems include: