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What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information

Striving for community immunity allows us to continue opening our campuses and resuming pre-pandemic activities.

Important information


  • WVU will resume pre-pandemic campus programming this fall.
  • The University strongly recommends all students and employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Reasons to Get Vaccinated
  • At this time, students and employees are not required to be vaccinated. The University will reevaluate vaccination requirements upon FDA approval.
  • Vaccinated students and employees must verify their vaccination by Aug. 1 by entering their information in the Vaccine Verification System, available through Star Rez (WVU’s housing portal) at View full instructions (PDF).
    • Those who received the vaccine from a WVU or WVU Medicine vaccine clinic are still responsible for verifying their vaccine status by Aug. 1.
  • Students, faculty or staff who believe they are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons may apply for an exemption and accommodation.
  • If you have questions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, speak with your primary care physician or a representative from WVU Medicine Student Health.
  • Mask requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals

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Current Vaccination Rates

  • 54.25%
  • 51.95%

Our best defense against COVID-19 is for everyone to get vaccinated. Vaccination rates are updated Tuesdays by 2 p.m.

Want these rates to increase? Tell us that you're vaccinated. If you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated.

Last updated on July 27, 2021. NOTE: Percentages may fluctuate based on student enrollment, new and returning faculty/staff related to hiring and contracts.

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Vaccine Verification Incentive Program

During July, WVU is holding weekly prize drawings to increase the number of students, faculty and staff who verify their vaccination information by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Those who have completed vaccine verification through automatically will be entered in each week’s giveaway.

By taking about three minutes to verify your vaccination info, you'll help make our campus safer ahead of the fall semester — and you could win a prize, including:

  • Free textbooks for a semester
  • Gift cards for Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Barnes & Noble
  • Free Mountie Bounty and Dining Dollars
  • Adventure WV trips
  • Guaranteed football or basketball student season tickets

If the University reaches a 70% vaccination verification rate by Aug. 1, the University is also committed to holding a large concert like FallFest at some point during the academic year.

View Giveaway Info View Rules

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Find Vaccines

Those who have yet to be vaccinated, but would like to be, can find available vaccination appointments at Vaccines continue to be readily available across the country.

The last possible dates to receive a first shot in time to verify full vaccination by Aug. 1 are:

  • Moderna: Saturday, July 3 (since July 4 is a holiday and many vaccination locations may be closed)
  • Pfizer: Sunday, July 11
  • Johnson & Johnson: Sunday, Aug. 1

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Popular Questions

Questions or Concerns?

We understand you may be hesitant to take a vaccine. If you have concerns, please speak to a health care provider to learn more.

You may contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200 or reach out to your primary care physician.

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Reasons to Get Vaccinated

  • You will help the WVU community safely resume pre-pandemic activities this fall.
  • You will not be required to undergo campus re-entry testing or random sample testing for fall 2021.
  • You don’t need to quarantine if you’re exposed to someone with COVID-19 (unless you have symptoms).
  • Travel becomes much easier. You can visit areas outside West Virginia without having to quarantine for five days upon your return. As you think about traveling for vacations, you’ll also be better protected on mass transportation like planes and trains.
  • You can safely hug your fully vaccinated family members without fear of spreading the virus. When you’re around them after being fully vaccinated, data is beginning to show that vaccines may protect you from passing the virus to others.
  • Campus events will resume at 100% capacity this fall. If you’re vaccinated, you can attend more in-person events without fear of contracting COVID-19.
  • You can visit the gym, workout around others and feel safer to do so.
  • If you do get COVID-19, we know vaccinations help keep you out of the hospital.
  • The faster we get vaccinated, the faster we can all lose those masks in all settings.
  • These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective; the science that helped create the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines has been around for decades.
  • You will join a list of people that grows by the millions each day who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Personal accountability is the key to our safe return to campus. Do your part to keep everyone safe.

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