Vaccination

Bucknell is requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 1, 2021, prior to their arrival on campus for the fall 2021 semester.

This requirement will allow a safe return to in-person instruction and the vibrant, residential and interactive community that creates the full Bucknell experience. The vaccine offers the best opportunity for students to be able to gather safely beginning in the fall, with reduced need for sequential testing, quarantine and isolation.

The University will work with individual students who may have limited access to the vaccine, including international students, to ensure that they can meet this new requirement.

Exemptions will be available only in limited cases of a verified medical contraindication for the COVID-19 vaccine or of a religious belief or practice that conflicts with the COVID-19 immunization requirement. In both cases documentation must be sent to Bucknell Student Health. General philosophical or moral objections to the COVID-19 vaccine do not qualify for an exemption.

Learn about requirements for students granted an exemption

Before contacting Bucknell Student Health, please review these frequently asked questions.

Additional questions should be directed to Bucknell Student Health by calling 570-577-1401 or emailing medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.

On-campus Vaccination Clinic 

The University is partnering with Custom Care Pharmacy to provide another opportunity for employees and students to be vaccinated for free on campus.

  • What: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
  • Where: Graham Building Lobby
  • When:
    • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Eligibility: Any faculty or staff member or Bucknell student who would like to be vaccinated. Bring a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.
  • To sign up: No appointment is necessary. To sign up in advance, complete the online form that was sent to you by email. Paper forms will be available at the clinic for those unable to complete the form online. 

The online form offers opportunities to sign up for one or both clinic dates.

  • If you are initiating the vaccine series, schedule for both days.
  • If you only need a second dose to complete the Moderna vaccine series, schedule for one appointment only and bring your original vaccine card to the clinic.

While the vaccine is free, other administrative fees may be billed to your insurance. Those without insurance should indicate so on the sign-up form, and a governmental program will cover the cost of administrative fees.

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How to Submit Documentation of Vaccination

All students should send their COVID-19 vaccination documentation to medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.

  • This includes incoming first-year or transfer students who have already submitted their medical record form but did not include COVID-19 vaccine information.
  • Incoming first-year or transfer students filling out the medical records form for the first time should include their COVID-19 vaccine documentation. 

To submit documentation, scan or take a picture of the front of your completed COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Be sure we can read your name, date of birth and the completed vaccine record.

The deadline for submission of COVID-19 vaccine documentation for all students is Aug. 1, 2021.

If You Have Lost Your Vaccination Card

If you have lost your CDC vaccination card, please contact the medical office or pharmacy where you received your vaccination and request documentation that you received the vaccine. The documentation must include manufacturer, lot number, date of administration and location.

Other Medical Records for New Students

Please note that the due date for new students to submit their medical records to Bucknell Student Health is still June 15, 2021. If you cannot complete your COVID-19 vaccination by June 15, you can send your COVID-19 vaccine documentation separately by Aug. 1. Please complete all other requirements for your medical record and submit it as soon as possible.

International Students

International students who have received COVID-19 vaccines not authorized for use in the United States will be managed on a case-by-case basis and must contact Bucknell Student Health prior to arrival to campus.

If you will be unable to complete the full COVID-19 immunization series prior to arrival to campus due to lack of availability in your home country, please contact Bucknell Student Health for specific authorization to arrive on campus prior to completing the COVID-19 vaccine series. You will be granted 15 days after the date of your arrival on campus to begin the COVID-19 vaccine series and must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series within the medically recommended interval. During this period you will be tested sequentially for COVID-19.

Information for Fully Vaccinated Students

Sequential Testing

Students who have been fully vaccinated (both doses for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, single dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will no longer be included in on-campus COVID-19 testing beginning two weeks from receiving the final dose. Send documentation of your Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Student Health at medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.

Contact Tracing

Beginning two weeks after their final dose, students who have been fully vaccinated and have been identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, will not be required to quarantine. The contact tracer will check your documentation with Student Health.

Face Coverings and Other Mitigation Efforts

All other campus COVID-19 mitigation efforts remain in effect, including rules about face coverings. Students who have been vaccinated must continue to follow University guidelines and recommendations surrounding face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing.