Finding a vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics are being held at JMU's Convocation Center through February. Sign up through VASE and use 22807 for the zip code. If you can't make it to those clinics, COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for Pfizer are available at the UHC for students who qualify. Please call 540-568-6178, option 2, for an appointment. You may also check Vaccinate Virginia and VASE for other locations offering the vaccine.

Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and is one of many health districts in Virginia.

The time to maximum immunity is 2 weeks after the final dose of the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require 2 doses spaced 3-4 weeks apart respectively. Two weeks after the second dose is when maximum immunity is reached. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose so two weeks after this vaccine is administered maximum immunity should be present.

Student documentation and deadlines

The University Health Center requests that students submit all required or recommended vaccines that the student has received to include COVID-19. While COVID-19 is no longer required, it is very helpful to have this information in the medical record.

Upload a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card (front and back) to MyJMUChart. It was added to the Immunization Form so incoming students can include it with that information (with a medical provider’s signature) or upload the card separately. All vaccine records should clearly state the person's name, date of birth, type of vaccine administered, date of administration, and location or name of place administered.

If you no longer have your vaccine card, you may submit an official proof of vaccination from a health department, pharmacy or physician's office.

Follow these instructions for How to upload COVID-19 Vaccine documentation.

Yes, please wait until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can send your documentation after the single dose.  

Students who are not fully vaccinated

Yes. If a non-vaccinated student has close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine per CDC guidelines. 

Students who are fully vaccinated

Everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, is expected to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces on university owned or leased property and while in the presence of others. This mask requirement does not apply to private work places, such as any office, work area or employment meeting space that is not open to the public in the normal course of business.

Students who are up to date with their vaccine do not need to quaratine, but should follow instructions per CDC guidelines.

Yes, in the case that a student who has been vaccinated tests positive they must follow the isolation instructions per CDC guidelines.

Mitigation strategies

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19. According to the CDC, currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others. Evidence suggests that the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program has the potential to substantially reduce the burden of disease in the United States by preventing illness in fully vaccinated people and interrupting chains of transmission.  This will help contain the transmission in classrooms and residence halls. 

Wearing a mask, staying away from large crowds, and continuing handwashing can prevent the spread of germs.


JMU strongly recommends students be fully vaccinated (and boosted if appropriate) against COVID-19. This recommendation applies to undergraduate, graduate and part-time students who attend in-person classes, studies, research or activities.

This recommendation is aimed at decreasing the likelihood of severe disease or death within the JMU community and decreasing the likelihood of spread. Vaccines provide a high level of protection against severe disease and death if one were to get COVID-19. Also, those who are vaccinated are less likely to become infected and spread the virus.

JMU required students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to moving onto campus or attending classes, or to complete an Assumption of Risk waiver. This included undergraduate, graduate and part-time students who attend in-person classes, studies, research or activities. The Assumption of Risk waiver can be found here. Due to a recent legal opinion, JMU has changed this requirement to a strong recommendation for Spring 2022.


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