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, faculty and staff.

Vaccine Phases

This requirement was phased in during 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

  • The university community started getting vaccinated. On Sept. 1, 2021, we expanded our testing efforts to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off-campus and unvaccinated employees. 
  • Unvaccinated students in the residence halls were tested once a week.

Phase 2

  • The university community worked to conclude vaccinations. On Nov. 1, 2021 all unvaccinated students in residence halls were tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students and unvaccinated employees were 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 are now an option. Find out more about boosters.
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
Vaccine Reporting

Report your vaccine

Please remember it is important to report your vaccination status.

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

Vaccine Exemption 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

Approved Exemptions - Required Testing

Please understand that anyone who receives an exemption from vaccination will be required to submit to regular testing (up to two times a week) from the time their exemption is granted to stay compliant.

On the Kent Campus, testing takes place at one of the Visit Healthcare locations across campus.

For those on Regional Campuses, at-home testing kits may be picked up at designated distribution locations on each campus and must be performed weekly.

All testing provided by the university is at no cost to staff. As in the case of vaccination data, at Kent State only University Health Services will maintain or have access to testing data.

Vaccine Questions

What if I have more questions?

Anyone with questions about Kent State's vaccine requirement, or who may need assistance uploading vaccine information or filling out exemption forms, can visit the COVID Vaccine Team's Vaccination Info Desk in Room 221 on the second floor of the University Library on the Kent Campus.

COVID Vaccine Team staff will be available to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines and the university’s vaccine requirement during these hours: 

  • Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m.

More Questions?

Read our Vaccine FAQs. Email and/or call 330-672-8227.