COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Update
July 1, 2021

As President Freeman outlined in her June 23 communication, NIU is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for students who will live in residence halls or participate in face-to-face classes or in-person research or artistry this fall semester at any NIU location. We are currently developing an electronic form, within MyNIU, to launch the week of July 12 where you will be able to show proof of vaccination or request an exemption. In the meantime, please prepare to:


  • Get vaccinated: Go to to find a location to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.


  • Show proof of vaccination: At the time of vaccination in the United States, each individual is typically provided a vaccination card that lists the type of vaccination (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) received, the date(s) it was provided and who (health department, doctor, pharmacist etc.) provided it. The card also has a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo in the upper right corner. If you lost the card or did not receive one, you can return to the provider and request documentation or contact your state’s health department’s immunization information system. Find your state’s immunization information system online.


International students vaccinated outside of the U.S. will need to provide proof of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.



    • Medical: If you choose the medical exemption, you will be required to submit a signed statement of medical exemption from your primary care provider.  
    • Religious: If you choose the religious exemption, you will be required to submit a statement explaining why immunizations conflict with your religious beliefs.
    • Personal: If you choose the personal exemption, you will check a box acknowledging the choice and that your exemption only applies until vaccines transition from Emergency Use Authorization status to full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.


The university will notify students within 3 business days from submission if their requests are approved.


  • Request the $100 incentive: For students eligible to receive the $100 incentive, you will be able to choose if it’s applied as a credit to your NIU account or a personal bank account. For either option, the $100 will be disbursed the week of Sept. 6. If you’ve not done so already, please update your direct deposit information online.


Please note that you do not have to take any action at this time if you are not living on campus, taking all of your classes online or will not be coming to campus to participate in research or artistry. Should you change your schedule and include in-person courses at any time before Sept. 5, you will be required to show proof of vaccination or request an exemption. 


Please continue to check your email regularly for updates and contact the Center for Student Assistance ( should you have any questions or need support. Information on the COVID-19 vaccine is also available on the Protecting the Pack site.


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