COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Last Update April 26, 2022


A rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires all hospital staff at healthcare settings receiving CMS funding to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes employees, students and trainees.

The federal rule does not permit philosophical exemptions.

Because of this federal requirement, the University previously announced it would no longer be permitted to allow philosophical exemptions for any UToledo employees or student learners in healthcare settings. Exemptions for religious or medical reasons would still be permitted.

In Ohio, individuals subject to the CMS rule were required to receive a first vaccine dose by Feb. 14 and be fully vaccinated by March 15.

A separate federal mandate that would require employees at entities holding contracts with the federal government to be fully vaccinated is temporarily on hold as it is challenged in federal court.

In the interim while this case moves through the legal process, the University will temporarily continue to recognize existing philosophical exemptions for the University’s vaccine requirement for all non-clinical employees and students.

The University will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure it is in full compliance with all applicable federal deadlines, rules and regulations.


The University of Toledo announced on Sept. 1, 2021, a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students and employees to promote and protect the health and safety of our campus. 

The University took this important step to help maintain a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our employees. The University’s decision was in response to the rising prevalence of the Delta variant causing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community and an available vaccine receiving full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The available vaccines are safe and effective and are our best defense against COVID-19. 

All UToledo students and employees at the time were required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption by Nov. 15, 2021.

Students new to UToledo are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption within eight weeks of the first day of classes in their first semester.

Full vaccination is defined as having received all recommended doses in the primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Students who are taking all online courses are only required to be vaccinated if they wish to participate in on-campus activities. 

With every member of our campus community reporting their vaccination status by uploading proof of vaccination or receiving an approved exemption, the University will have accurate data on the vaccination rate of our campus community to inform our public health practices to keep our campus safe. 


Under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis, individuals may be granted an exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Any employee or student may request exemptions for medical or religious reasons.  

Philosophical exemptions remain available for non-clinical employees and students because they are not subject to the more stringent CMS requirements. 

Exemption request forms can be downloaded and submitted through the University’s secure vaccine registry portal.


UToledo will follow the guidance from the federal government on the COVID-19 vaccine requirements, including consequences that would be required for noncompliance. Employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who do not have a valid exemption may be subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action procedures. 


The University of Toledo, in partnership with The University of Toledo Medical Center, has COVID-19 vaccines available to faculty, staff and students at two on-campus locations: 

  • Main Campus Pharmacy, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday 
  • Outpatient Pharmacy in the UTMC Medical Pavilion on Health Science Campus, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday 

There are also many locations in Ohio that offer the vaccination. Use the Ohio Department of Health’s online tool to find a location convenient for you. 


Proof of the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious/philosophical exemption must be provided. Once you have received all required doses of your selected vaccine, you must upload your proof of full vaccination to the secure UToledo vaccine registry. If you have already uploaded your proof of vaccination, you will not need to do this again. 
COVID-19 vaccines that will be accepted to meet the requirement are: 
Full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval 

FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 

World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) 

  • AstraZeneca 
  • Sinovac 

For the status of COVID-19 vaccines included on the WHO EUL, visit the WHO COVID-19 Vaccines website
 *Last updated March 3, 2022. If you have received a vaccine not on the approved list of acceptable vaccines, please contact the UToledo pharmacy to discuss further options. 

Vaccine Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 6/27/22