COVID-19 Fall Planning for Students Traveling to the US

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COVID-19 fall planning FAQs 


Are students required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Emory University has announced that it will require all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect themselves and our community.

Will Emory provide vaccines to students arriving in the fall? (updated May 7, 2021)

Yes, Emory is committed to providing access to COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff members. Specific to the fall semester, the Student Health Services webpage will be updated in the future with fall vaccine distribution details. This information will also be shared directly with all students.

What vaccines comply with Emory's requirement? (updated May 7, 2021)

Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine will comply with Emory's immunization requirement.

What if I received a vaccine that is not approved? (updated May 7, 2021)

Students who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO will be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.

Can I get vaccinated in my home country AND in the US?

It has yet to be determined whether students shoul dbe vaccinated by more than one type of vaccine. The university is soliciting guidance from public health officials and in accordance with any state or federal guidance including whether or when a booster shot is needed.

Was the April 26th COVID Vaccine Information Session recorded?

Yes. You may view the info session recording here.

An adapted version of the following message was emailed to continuing international students on Monday, April 19, 2021. 

Dear international students,

Emory University prioritizes the health and safety of our campus community and recognizes the unique obstacles many of our new and returning international students face in planning for the fall 2021 semester. As international students prepare to come to campus, we are eager to address common questions that may arise and to direct you to relevant resources.

Leveraging Emory’s world-renowned public health and medical expertise, the university has a strong track record for proactively addressing the health and safety of our campus community. During the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, the university established regular COVID-19 testing, strict masking guidelines, and physical distancing requirements that our on-campus students – many of whom are international students – have embraced and followed. These practical measures will continue in concert with the new requirement for all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Refer to Student Health Services and Emory Forward for detailed health guidance and steps that Emory has planned to keep the Emory community safe and healthy.

The vaccine requirement raises unique questions for international students, and we have developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website to address common concerns. Some of the FAQs are still being carefully considered in accordance with both public health guidance and state and federal requirements. As a result, we appreciate your patience as we provide additional information to the webpage. It will be updated on a rolling basis as new information is available.

On Monday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m. ET, ISSS and Student Health Services will host an information session open to all new and returning international students to address questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccine. Please register for the information session and submit any questions you may have in advance.

In the meantime, you are always welcome to reach out to your ISSS advisor with any questions. We are happy to support you and connect you with additional campus resources.


The ISSS Team