College Vaccination Requirements

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Columbia College Chicago requires all students to be vaccinated. Visit the Student Guidance page for more information. 

Vaccination for employees is not required but is strongly encouraged. 

All individuals who need to submit proof of vaccination, can find instructions on the Upload your Vaccination Card page.

Note: Students who are not vaccinated due to a college-approved exemption will have to be tested for COVID-19 on campus once a week.

Students with questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination policy, how to submit their COVID-19 vaccination card, and how to request an exemption can email  

  • I lost my vaccination card. What should I do?
    If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
    • If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.
    • If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.
    • If you have made every effort to locate your vaccination information, are unable to get a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.
  • How does Columbia define fully vaccinated?

    Being fully vaccinated means that you have received all required doses of the vaccine and the mandatory number of weeks have lapsed since your last dose.

    According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

  • Do I have to be vaccinated at Columbia, or can I get my vaccine elsewhere?

    You do not have to be vaccinated through Columbia. We recommend that you select the vaccine provider that can provide you with the earliest possible appointment.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health are also administering doses along with other, private medical providers. If you live outside of Illinois, please inquire about vaccination resources in your home state.

    Here are additional vaccination resources: 

  • If I come to campus for purposes of vaccination, will I have to take a COVID-19 test?
    Those coming to campus to receive their vaccine are not required to take the COVID-19 test prior to receiving vaccination.