In accordance with the city of Philadelphia Board of Health’s new vaccine requirements, Temple University now requires all faculty, staff, students and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15, 2021. It is our hope that this new policy will help Temple more quickly return to the vibrant and dynamic campus we are.

Read more details below, including when and how to get vaccinated and how to upload your vaccine information. Incoming students should review important information about getting vaccinated before the start of the spring semester.

Any Philadelphia resident age 12 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who works in Philadelphia and can provide proof of that employment is also eligible to receive the vaccine.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Updates 

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area and in accordance with new mandates issued by the city of Philadelphia, Temple University will continue to require all students, faculty, staff and contractors to be vaccinated by Oct. 15 in order to safeguard the health and wellness of our community. 

The Oct. 6, 2021, announcement by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has revised what it means to be compliant with that deadline. Now, in order to be compliant with the mandate, students, faculty and staff must have either received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (rather than being fully vaccinated) or an approved medical or religious exemption by Oct. 15

You must submit your vaccine information to the health portal by Oct. 15 for your first shot and by Nov. 15 for your second shot in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna).

When you are vaccinated, upload your immunization record to the health portal. You will not be considered vaccinated by the university until those records have been received.

Read below to responses to questions about the university’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Getting Your Vaccine at Temple

Students, faculty and staff can call 215-204-7500 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at Student Health Services, 1700 N. Broad St., 4th floor. Appointments can also be made using the health portal.

Read responses to questions about vaccine distribution at Temple below.

How to Upload Your Vaccination Information

Once you are vaccinated, please upload your vaccine information to Temple’s health portal. By providing this information, you are helping us determine how close the Temple community is to reaching herd immunity.

Please be aware that uploading your vaccine information is required in order to be considered fully vaccinated by the university.

Follow these steps to upload your vaccination record.

  1. Go to the health portal.

  2. Log in using your Temple ID and password.

  3. Select the “Immunizations” tab. Then, select the blue “COVID-19” dropdown menu.

  4. Find the vaccine you received (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer) and fill in the dates for each dose. Those dates should be clearly labeled on your vaccination card. Once you have added the dates, select “Submit.”

  5. Go to the “Upload” tab.

  6. Upload an image of your vaccination record. (If you are using a cell phone, you will have the option to use your camera to take a photo of the document.) Once the file is attached, select “Upload.”

If completed successfully, your file will be listed at the bottom of the page, under the header “Documents already on file.”

Once your information has been reviewed, the dates you submitted to the “Immunizations” page will be marked “Verified.”

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About the Vaccines

In an effort to address common questions, concerns and misinformation, we asked Temple health experts to respond to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Below, you can find general information about getting vaccinated.

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Addressing Common Myths About Vaccines

False claims continue to circulate online, causing many people to make incorrect assumptions about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

We've assembled the following list of facts to dispel rumors about the vaccine and help keep you and the entire Temple community safe and healthy. 

These facts are based on information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Mayo Clinic, and the World Health Organization (WHO).