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The university remains under a state of emergency given the impacts of COVID-19. 

Learn what Ohio State is doing and how you can help keep yourself, and your family and friends, safe and healthy — whether you've returned to a campus or are continuing to work and study from home.

Safe and Healthy Protocols

Latest updates

  • April 13: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine due to the development of a rare blood clotting disorder and low platelet counts in six patients out of more than 6 million people who have received this vaccine. Out of an abundance of caution, the Wexner Medical Center has stopped scheduling new appointments for the J&J vaccine. Individuals who are currently scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine will be contacted to either reschedule their appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine or to cancel it. Anyone who has received a J&J vaccine at the Wexner Medical Center will receive a MyChart message with guidance on symptoms to watch for and what to do if these symptoms develop. 

  • April 9: In a message to the university community, President Johnson shared plans for a reactivated campus Autumn semester. Read more on the Autumn Campus Reactivation page

  • April 1: President Johnson announced that the university has been given the opportunity by the state of Ohio to dedicate 25% of the Wexner Medical Center’s first-dose vaccine allocation to any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member. This is possible because of the increasing number of doses available to the Wexner Medical Center and the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s work to secure additional vaccines for college and university students in Ohio. Appointments under this new opportunity will be displayed in MyChart beginning April 9, with the first available appointments beginning Wednesday, April 14, and running through April 20. Each week, additional appointments will be released after the university receives information about the brand and the number of doses for our next weekly allocation of vaccine. 


This website was last updated on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.