Vaccination Requirements

For the safety of our community, Mason will require vaccines for all students, faculty, and staff, and to share verification of their vaccination status to work, study, and live on campus. 

Mason has adopted University Policy 1416 on COVID-19 vaccinations. The university will hold no-cost vaccination clinics through the fall semester. Schedule an appointment to get your shot


All students were required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021, unless they received an approved exemption.

You should also have uploaded your vaccine documentation to the Health Services Patient Portal by August 1, 2021.

Even though the deadline has passed, you should still upload your documentation. Students must meet the requirements in university policy 1416.

If you're an international student with limited access to COVID vaccines, contact Mason to request a deadline extension. Students with approved extensions must be vaccinated once they arrive in the United States. 

Mason offers flexible excused absence options for students receiving vaccination and those with side effects after vaccination. This includes international students whose in-person attendance may be delayed due to CDC international travel quarantine requirements.

Visit the Student Health Services website for information on how to upload your COVID vaccine documentation (all students), or submit your Mason Immunization Record Form (PDF) (newly admitted students).

If you have questions, Student Health Services has set up COVID FAQ  and General Vaccine Requirement FAQ resource pages.  They address such issues as: 

Faculty and Staff 

You must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by August 15, 2021, and submit proof that you’re fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021, or have an approved medical or religious exemption. 

  • Inform the university of your vaccination status through the daily Mason COVID Health Check
  • Upload your vaccine documentation into the Health Services Patient Portal. If you’ve gotten at least the first dose by August 15, upload your vaccine document. When you get the second dose, upload the completed document.
  • To request a medical exemption, fill out the Medical Exemption form (PDF), which must be completed and signed by a licensed medical provider. It must also include a medical diagnosis. Upload the completed form, following these guidelines, through Mason’s Patient Portal.  
  • To request a religious exemption, fill out the Religious Exemption form (PDF), which must be signed in front of a Notary Public and include a Notary Public Seal. Bring the form to the Johnson Center Testing and Vaccination Clinic on the Fairfax Campus (Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or mail the form to:

George Mason University

Fenwick A – Occupational Health

4400 University Drive, MSN 6E4

Fairfax, VA 22030

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he will require state employees to show proof of full vaccination or a weekly negative coronavirus test. The order, issued by executive directive, applies to about 122,000 workers, including employees of state agencies and departments, most faculty and staff members at state universities, and workers at state-run behavioral health hospitals.

The Washington Post, August 5, 2021

Missing Documentation

If you’ve lost or damaged your vaccine document, you can request a replacement by emailing the Virginia Immunization Information System  help desk or calling 1-866-375-9795 to request a replacement.  The Help Desk is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also fill out an Immunization Record Request Form

Need a Vaccination?

  • You can get an appointment at Mason’s Fairfax Campus, often on the same day, through our Vaccine website.
  • If you can’t make it to the Fairfax Campus, the government vaccine website lists locations to receive a shot.
  • Mason employees have an allotted 8 hours of Public Health Emergency Leave to get the vaccine and recover from any side effects.

New Employees

If you start work at Mason after August 15, 2021, you must:

  • Have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by your start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of your start date, and submit documentary proof through Mason’s Patient Portal, or;
  • Have an approved medical or religious exemption by your start date. To request an exemption, fill out the Religious Exemption form (PDF) or the Medical Exemption (PDF) form. Follow the directions listed under employee requirements.

Remote Work 

Due to President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, we are no longer able to offer a vaccination documentation exemption for employees who work 100 percent remotely.

 If you have questions about remote work, contact us.