Vaccine Requirement & Scheduling

Following the formal approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration and the expected approval of additional vaccines, Kent State University, on Aug. 27, 2021, issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

  • At this time, the requirement covers all students who are on our campuses, all faculty and all non-represented staff.
  • We are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our staff union with the intent to include them as well.
Vaccine Phases

This requirement will be phased in over the 2021 Fall Semester to give everyone in our community the opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly those who were hesitant and waiting for full FDA approval before getting a shot.

Phase 1

  • Start getting vaccinated! Beginning Sept. 1, we will expand our testing efforts to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus and unvaccinated employees. 
  • Unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested once a week.

Phase 2

  • Conclude your vaccinations! Beginning Nov. 1, all unvaccinated students in residence halls will be tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students and unvaccinated employees will be tested once a week. 
  • This is particularly important as cold weather arrives and we spend more time indoors together.

Phase 3

  • Effective Dec. 20, all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Booster shots also may be required in the future.
Vaccine Scheduling

Where Can I Get a vaccine?

  • University Health Services is offering COVID-19 Vaccines at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus from Monday through Friday, at varying times between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine appointment.
    • The Moderna and Pfizer brand vaccines are available, and you may select which vaccine you prefer at the time you schedule your appointment.
    • While walk-ins are not accepted, those who want a same-day appointment should be able to register for one. 
  • Vaccines also are available at a variety of locations statewide by registering through Ohio’s vaccine portal at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Vaccine Reporting

Report your vaccine

Please remember it is important to report your vaccination status, particularly as we move through Kent State's vaccine phases as they relate to the university's vaccine requirement during the fall 2021 semester.

Find out how to report your vaccine, and which are accepted.

Vaccine Questions

How Do I Request a Vaccine Exemption?

Access the proper forms to fill out in order to request an exemption
Exemptions will be considered for medical, religious or personal conscience reasons

What if I have more questions?

Read our Vaccine FAQs. Email vaccine@kent.edu and/or call 330-672-8227.