COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Last Update Dec. 3, 2021


Two federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates that would apply to all employees and students in clinical programs at The University of Toledo are temporarily on hold as they are challenged in federal court.

One federal mandate would require employees at entities holding contracts with the federal government to be fully vaccinated. The other, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would require individuals at healthcare facilities receiving CMS funding to be fully vaccinated.

Those federal rules would not permit philosophical exemptions.  

Because of the federal requirements, 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 the interim while these cases move through the legal process, the University will temporarily continue to recognize existing philosophical exemptions for the University’s vaccine requirement for all employees and students.

However, it is important to note that other clinical sites are not allowing philosophical exemptions for faculty or learners within their facilities, which may impact those individuals’ ability to complete their studies or work at those sites.

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

Medical Exemption Request Form              Religious Exemption Request Form 

Completed and signed exemption request forms need to be submitted through the University’s secure vaccine registry.


The University of Toledo previously 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, especially when coupled with wearing a required face covering indoors on campus. 

All UToledo students and employees, including those working on campus and working remotely, were required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption by Nov. 15, 2021.  

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.  

Employees, including student workers, and students who are in a clinical learning environment may request exemptions only for medical or religious reasons.  

Philosophical exemptions remain available for students who are not employed by the University and not in a clinical healthcare learning environment because they are not subject to the new federal regulations. 

Individuals who are granted an exemption will be subject to frequent COVID-19 testing at least weekly. Anyone who is unvaccinated, including those who receive an approved exemption, will still be required to wear a mask indoors on campus. UToledo will continue these practices at least until it is determined that the risk of transmission is minimal based on CDC transmission data in our region. 

Medical Exemption Request Form (Employees and Students) 

Religious Exemption Request Form (Employees) 

Religious/Philosophical Exemption Request Form (Students) 

Completed and signed exemption request forms need to be submitted through the University’s secure vaccine registry.


Unvaccinated individuals, including those who have an approved exemption, will be subject to frequent COVID-19 testing at least weekly. Part-time and contingent employees would be tested regularly aligned with their work schedules. 

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 Sept. 1, 2021. 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: 1/11/22