What exemptions are allowed under this policy?

A limited set of exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Medical

An individual can request a health-related exemption through submission of appropriate documentation from their treating health care provider. Any health-related exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Employee Health and Student Health Services.

In addition, those with a history of allergic reactions to other vaccines or medical injections will be considered for exemptions on a case-by-case basis with appropriate documentation of the allergic reaction provided by the individual’s treating health care provider.

Individuals with a history of either a documented COVID-19 infection or a history of having received a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion within 30 days prior to the deadline will be eligible for a temporary exemption until after the end of the 30-day period. The individual will then be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination within 14 days of the end of the exemption.

Personal or Religious

An exemption based on an individual’s religious beliefs or practices can be requested. Requests for religious exemptions are required to be notarized for all students and employees. As part of the request, the individual must attest to their reason for exemption and explanation of why they are seeking the exemption. All religious exemptions will be reviewed by Student Health Services or Employee and Labor Relations.

Due to the recent federal vaccine mandate, Ohio State is no longer permitted to allow personal exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees, including student employees. Students may request an exemption based on personal reasons however student-employees are not eligible for a personal exemption. Personal exemption requests from students will be reviewed by Student Health Services.