Dear students,

As was shared recently, Willamette University joins a growing list of colleges across the country that are requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the return to campus in the fall. This decision is also aligned with the American College Health Association’s recommendation that colleges and universities require the vaccine. We know the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19. Requiring the vaccine and diligently following the CDC’s mitigation guidelines are the best protection from COVID-19, and will allow us to return as much as possible to the pre-pandemic, in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Willamette education. 

This vaccination requirement applies to all students attending Willamette, including full-time and part-time students, undergraduates and graduate students, domestic and international, and residential and non-residential students and those in both degree and non-degree granting programs. 

Students are expected to be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival on campus for the Fall 2021 semester and submit confirmation of their vaccination by July 26th. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have passed since you have received all necessary doses of the vaccine you were given.

Students who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption by the time they plan to arrive on campus for the Fall 2021 semester, may not move on to campus or attend class or campus activities, and may be subject to registration holds, or other requirements or restrictions to support community health. 

How to Submit your Vaccine Information

Students must attest to their COVID vaccination through Bishop Wellness Center’s confidential and secure student portal. To enter the required vaccine information:
  • Login to the Patient Portal at
  • Click on “Immunizations” at the top of the screen
  • Click on “Enter Dates” and follow the directions to enter the dates of your COVID vaccine.
Students can request a medical or non-medical exemption (e.g. religious) from Bishop Wellness Center. Anyone seeking a medical or non-medical exemption will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request. Requests will be considered as they are submitted, no later than July 22, 2021. 

More information about Willamette’s vaccine requirement can be found in the FAQs. You may also contact Bishop Wellness Center at (503)370-6062 with any questions.

Thank you so much for doing your part to keep the Willamette community healthy and thriving.