Forward Together: Vaccination Requirements & FAQs

Methodist University requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to live, work, attend classes, and participate in official MU activities (including events on or off campus) during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. MU also offers the opportunity for medical and religious exemptions.

MU’s promise will continue to be upholding safety as its No. 1 priority, while remaining as open as possible.

Accepted Vaccines

Vaccines necessary to meet the MU requirement are the FDA-authorized vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech (two shots), Johnson & Johnson (one shot), and Moderna (two shots).

Uploading Proof of Vaccination/Booster by July 1, 2022

The deadline to upload student, faculty, and staff vaccination information is July 1. Students should sign into their portal and then click this proof of vaccination link. Faculty and staff may utilize Paycom (under Documents), present their physical documents to HR, or email them to humanresources@methodist.edu. Proof of COVID-19 antibodies through test results cannot be used as an alternative to receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Access to Campus and other MU Events (including Commencement)

All students, faculty, and staff must show proof of vaccination (or exemption) and been cleared by MU Health Services to have access to campus. All must meet the requirement to live and/or work on campus, attend classes, and participate in MU activities/events of any kind. Students who have not received exemptions or approval for remote instruction should not access campus.

Also, as a reminder, students who are not on campus now (internships, clinicals, online schedules) do not have to show proof of vaccination at this time, but if they plan to return for any official University activity or sponsored event (including commencement, baccalaureate, etc. that may or may not be on campus) they are required to upload/show proof of being vaccinated to participate. See above for the uploading process/link.

Vaccination Exemptions

Medical and Religious Exemptions: The deadlines to upload Fall 2022 exemption requests are June 1 (for new accepted students/this includes transfers) and June 30 (for all returning students, faculty, and staff). If you had an exemption in 2021-22, you must re-apply for 2022-23.

Online or Fully Remote Exemptions: Students whose course of study is fully remote with enrollment through MU Online were given the opportunity to be exempted from the vaccine requirement. Such students had to submit an attestation to the campus that stated they understood they will not be allowed to come onto campus unless they submit proof.

NOTE:

  • Anyone receiving an exemption may stay on campus and attend classes, but must follow any specific University protocols for the unvaccinated, including quarantine if symptomatic or if exposed to a person who has tested positive.
  • Medical accommodations were also possible for students who are not yet fully vaccinated and international students who received a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized or approved by the FDA. Click here for more information on accommodations.

Compliance

Students choosing not to comply with University vaccination and/or testing policies are disenrolled and no longer students at Methodist University.

Full Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

This full policy describes the COVID-19 vaccination requirements in place to protect the health and safety of the Methodist University campus community, including its students, faculty, staff, and others who engage in-person at Methodist University. Below is the 2021-22 policy, please note that the proof-of-vaccination deadline and exemption request dates have been updated (above) for 2022-23.

Click here for the full Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Visitation

Overnight guests are allowed on campus. Overnight visitors must provide a proof-of-vaccination card (and show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their visit) to the Housing Office in the Berns Student Center before they may stay on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vaccines are accepted?
Methodist University accepts COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This currently includes the Pfizer-BioNTech (two shots), Moderna (two shots), and Johnson & Johnson (one shot) vaccines. MU will likely expand its list of accepted vaccines as they receive FDA approval.

Where can I get a vaccination?
Scroll to the last section on this page for an updated list of locations (local, regional, state, and national).

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?
Students should sign into their portal and then click this proof of vaccination link. Faculty and staff may utilize Paycom (under Documents), present their physical documents to HR, or email them to humanresources@methodist.edu. Proof of COVID-19 antibodies through test results cannot be used as an alternative to receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.

What’s the deadline for getting my vaccination for Fall 2022?
Students, faculty, and staff must have their proof of vaccination information uploaded by July 1, 2022.

If I get a vaccine, do I still need to test weekly?
At this time, testing is not mandatory for anyone on campus (with the exception of student-athletes, and their testing ends April 4) unless they were in close contact with someone who has tested positive. See specific instructions if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 on the Quarantine & Isolation page.

Do I have to wear a mask all the time?
While wearing a mask when around others and obtaining a booster shot are still our best protection against the spread and/or severity of COVID-19 cases – and thus highly recommended – both are optional (whether indoors or out) at this time. This is for both vaccinated individuals and those with exemptions. When wearing a mask, the N95, KN95, or KN94 masks are strongly recommended and are available at the Student Affairs Office in the Berns Student Center.
Spectators are welcome at all MU Athletics events and masks are optional.

Are there exemptions to getting the vaccine?
MU does take requests for religious and medical exemptions. The deadlines to upload Fall 2022 exemption requests are June 1 for new accepted students and June 30 for all other students, faculty, and staff. If you had an exemption in 2021-22, you must re-apply for 2022-23.

How can I obtain a COVID-19 home test if I can’t find one in a store?
Free COVID-19 tests are available to every home in the U.S. (with orders shipping in 7-12 days) via links on the covidtests.gov web page. Links are also available for local resources here.

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 recently. Do I still need to get vaccinated and show proof of vaccination?
Yes, you must be vaccinated regardless of whether you’ve already had COVID. The CDC advises that unvaccinated individuals who have contracted COVID-19 wait until symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since their positive test to get vaccinated. Individuals who were treated for the virus with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma should wait 90 days before receiving a shot. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have further questions and MU Health Services is happy to walk alongside you and address potential accommodations.

I have test results showing I have antibodies for COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated and show proof of vaccination?
Yes. Antibodies are not recommended to be used as evidence of immunity by the CDC and will not be permitted as proof of non-susceptibility to COVID.

What about MU Online students, do they need to be vaccinated?
Students whose course of study is through MU Online are exempt from the vaccine requirement provided they submit attestation to the campus stating that understand they are not allowed to come to campus for any reason unless they submit proof of vaccination.

What if I’m not on campus now, but plan to return for events?
Students who are not on campus now (internships, clinicals, online schedules) do not have to show proof of vaccination at this time, but if they plan to return for any official University activity or sponsored event (including commencement, baccalaureate, etc. that may or may not be on campus) they are required to upload/show proof of being vaccinated to participate.

Are other colleges in our region requiring the vaccine?
Yes. More than 1,000 public and private universities nationwide are requiring the vaccine and the list is growing daily. Many are now also requiring a booster.

I have additional questions about the vaccine. Where can I learn more?
Here is a good source for detailed information from the CDC.

Have a Question That Isn’t Answered?

Contact: forward@methodist.edu

Please note that under guidance from the CDC, state, and local health authorities, all safety guidelines can change at a moment’s notice.


Where Can I Get a Vaccination?

The following locations reportedly have the harder-to-find Johnson & Johnson. Availability subject to change.


Other Regional Vaccination Opportunities

This site will be updated with new opportunities as the vaccine rollout continues.
Cape Fear Valley Health is currently offering vaccinations for anyone 16 and older. CFVH is requiring appointments for everyone seeking their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, so please do not delay. Details on sites, hours, how to sign up, and other specifics are included on this link: https://www.capefearvalley.com/coronavirus/index.aspx.

Cumberland County Department of Public Health: https://www.cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/public-health-group/public-health
In addition, here are links to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services vaccine locator (https://myspot.nc.gov/) and to the Cumberland County Health Department for vaccines (https://co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/public-health-group/public-health/covid-19-vaccine).

Note: Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian present.


Find a Vaccination Location

For information about where to get the COVID vaccine, please see below links for the most up to date information in the community: