Academic COVID Vaccine Requirement

Academic COVID Vaccine Requirement

In early September, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, which requires employees of organizations that hold certain federal contracts to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As Provost Magill and Vice President Davis announced on Monday, November 8, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.  

Who Does This Apply To?

UVA's Academic vaccination requirement applies to all new and existing faculty and staff (Regular, Temp, and Wage) in the Academic Division (including remote workers). 

This applies to employees working in the Medical Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, University Physicians Group, Health Sciences Library, and Community Medicine, regardless of their employer. Employees working in the UVA Health Community are required to comply with Policy OCH-002. Employees who are unsure about which policy and process applies to them should consult with their supervisor or HR business partner.


Compliance with President Biden’s Executive Order is vital to ensure that we do not risk losing millions in federal contract dollars that support important research and education work here at UVA.

This requirement, which is based on the analysis of the Executive Order, includes all full-time and part-time employees, including employees who are currently working remotely.

Under this updated policy, the following should be noted:

  • Employees will no longer be permitted to elect not to be vaccinated, or to test as an alternative to vaccination.
  • After January 4, anyone who is not in compliance, either by being vaccinated or receiving a University-approved exemption, will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the University’s policies, up to and including unpaid leave or termination. 
Remaining UVA Employees Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated or Have Not Reported Vaccination Status:

If you do not intend to apply for such an exemption and are not yet vaccinated, we encourage you to make your appointment for a vaccine as soon as possible in order to ensure that you meet the deadline. Below are the timelines for getting vaccinated that must be met to ensure compliance with the January 4th deadline, specific to each type of vaccine:

  • Moderna vaccine: Get your first shot by December 7 and second shot by January 4
  • Pfizer vaccine: Get your first shot by December 14 and second shot by January 4
  • Johnson & Johnson: Get your single shot by January 4

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