Student COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

On Aug. 26, 2021, the governor of the State of Illinois issued an Executive Order mandating that all higher education students and personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly testing.

Vaccination Requirement Protocols

Please find the category below that applies to you and take the appropriate action. 

  • Upload your vaccine card through MyNIU, OR
  • Request a medical or religious exemption AND upload the results of your weekly COVID-19 PCR test that you take at the facility of your choice every Friday by 3 p.m. or by the time specified by your particular academic program.
    Please note: Prior to the governor’s executive order, we were able to grant exemptions for some off-campus students participating in the above-mentioned experiences. Effective immediately, even students who have previously been granted a testing exemption need to take the actions outlined above. 

Please note: Prior to the governor’s executive order, we were able to grant exemptions for some off-campus students participating in the above-mentioned experiences. Effective immediately, even students who have previously been granted a testing exemption need to take the actions outlined above.

Please note: You will need to have proof of vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement to register for in-person classes or experiential opportunities like internships and clinicals for Spring 2022 classes.  

No action required. You will need to have proof of vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement to register for in-person classes or experiential opportunities like internships and clinicals for Spring 2022 classes.  
Submit a fully remote exemption request form with a note from your instructor that you have permission to attend the class fully online. Please note, you will need to have proof of vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement to register for in-person classes or experiential opportunities like internships and clinicals for Spring 2022.

Additional Vaccine Requirements

NIU complies with the Illinois Department of Health which requires students to provide proof of immunization for Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningococcal Conjugate. Details on required vaccines and how to submit your verified documents are available on the Immunization Compliance and Records site.

Directions for Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

To submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you will need a photo or an image of your vaccine record to upload.   

  1. Log in to the MyNIU Student System.
  2. Choose “My Forms.”
  3. Choose “Fill out a new form.”
  4. Choose “Covid_19_Vaccine.”
  5. Complete the information about your vaccination.
  6. Choose “Save” and then upload the image of your card.
  7. Choose “Save” again, then choose "Submit." 
  8. You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been submitted.

Directions for Submitting COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Requests

Students may request an exemption for medical and religious reasons. See FAQ about changes regarding personal exemptions. Once you have an approved exemption, you will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing

  1. Log in to the MyNIU Student System.
  2. Choose “My Forms.”
  3. Choose “Fill out a new form.”
  4. Choose “Covid_19_Decline.”
  5. The Exemption/Declination Form will ask you to choose your reason for requesting an exemption. Each reason has additional information you will need to provide or be aware of.
    • If you select the medical exemption, you will need to submit a signed statement of medical exemption from your primary care provider.

    • If you select the religious exemption, you will need to submit a statement in your own words regarding the grounds for religious exemption. Your objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the immunization and may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow immunizations will not provide enough basis for an exception to the requirements.

  6. Choose “Save” and then upload the image or scan of your statement if you are submitting a medical or religious exemption.
  7.  Choose “Save,” then "Submit." 
  8. You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been submitted.
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