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University of Denver COVID-19 Immunization Requirements

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) strongly support requiring full vaccination of students against COVID-19 before returning to in-person learning and on-campus activities. Consistent with this recommendation, and in consultation with its health partner, National Jewish Health, the University of Denver (DU) is requiring students, faculty and staff who are living, learning or working in person to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning for fall term. This requirement applies to individuals who are studying or working in person as part of their DU role, even if the in-person activity does not occur on campus (e.g., study abroad, other off-campus programs, or conducting DU business in other locations).

Fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since an individual received a one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

DU may require individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to follow additional mitigation protocols, such as quarantining before arriving on campus, after travel, or following exposure to COVID-19, more frequent testing, social distancing, and wearing face coverings.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Note

The HCC and DU recognizes that mandatory vaccination requirements may place undue burden on communities of color and those with trauma related to historical and contemporary experiences with medical care. We are relying on your compliance as we work to keep our communities safe. We have made efforts to remove barriers to care such as cost and access and follow the most rigorous scientific evidence available when providing and recommending healthcare to students. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the vaccination process, please reach out for support.

A list of resources and contact information listed in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion support webpage can be found here: https://www.du.edu/equity/dei-covid-19-resources

Return to Campus Status

To check your return to campus status, log onto Pioneer Web.

In the COVID-19 information box, click on Return to Campus Status and scroll down to see your current status.

COVID-19 Testing with DU

 

Students, faculty and staff can receive a FREE COVID test on campus.


Saliva Testing
For up to date testing information visit, the DU Spit Lab .

No appointment necessary. 

CARE POD
  • Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm
NELSON HALL
  • Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm
Late Night Hours at NELSON HALL
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 9pm to 10:30pm
DIMOND FAMILY RESIDENTIAL VILLIAGE
  • Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, CLOSED
Q: Can I schedule an appointment for testing?

A: No need for an appoitment with the Saliva Testing! 

Q: Is there Walk-up Testing?

A: You can walk up for the Saliva or Spit testing at any of the locations.

Q: How do I get my test results?

A: The University of Denver is currently working with National Jewish Health to process COVID-19 tests quickly and accurately. You can expect to receive your test results approximately 48-72 hours after testing. You will receive an email notification when your test results come in.

To review your lab results:

  1. Log into your MyHealth portal
  2. Click on MEDICAL RECORDS (on the left side bar)
  3. Select Labs
  4. Click on View Report (on the right side) next to the COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2

If you were tested through DU’s testing, you do not need to upload this information to the HCC.

Submitting COVID-19 Test Results
Q: How do I submit results if I tested somewhere besides DU?

A: You are welcome to receive COVID-19 testing at any location. You may submit your test results through your MyHealth portal or by sending us a fax 303-871-4242 or email info@hcc.du.edu.

All test results must include the following information:

  • Full name of patient 
  • Type of COVID-19 Test
  • Collection Date
  • Result Value
Submit existing test records:
  1. Log into your MyHealth portal
  2. Click on Messages (on the left side bar)
  3. then click the “New Message” button.
  4. Select “I want to submit my COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Results to the HCC”
  5. Then upload your record and Send.
Q: What records will DU HCC Accept?

A: Although there is a variety of different COVID-19 testing, the University of Denver is only accepting a limited number of tests at this time.

All test results must include the following information:

  • Full name of patient
  • Type of COVID-19 Test
  • Collection Date
  • Result Value

After reviewing a plethora of record types, here is a list of tests we WILL accept:

  • PCR NAA
  • PCR NAAT
  • RT-PCR
  • COVID-19 PCR (as long as it specifies mid-turbinate or nasopharyngeal swab)
  • TEM-PCR
  • DdPCR
  • PCR (as long as it specifies mid-turbinate or nasopharyngeal swab)
  • Molecular Test (RNA)
  • Colorado Molecular Science Lab Tests nCoV RNA
  • Abbott PCR Test
  • Color COVID-19 test Amplification test
Q: What results are not being accepted?

A: After reviewing a plethora of record types, DU HCC has established a list of test results and documents we WILL NOT accept. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Rapid test (such as Walgreens COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test)
  • Antigen test
  • Serology or Antibody test
  • Results which includes pooling
  • Antigen Rapid Testing (eg. Sofia SARS Antigen)
  • Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP)
  • FDA EUA Pooling Method
  • Lateral Flow tests (FIA-Lateral flow)
  • Abbott ID Now Tests
  • Rapid PCR Tests
  • Anterior nasal swab test (self-administered or observed)

If you send in results from an unacceptable test type, you will not be cleared by the health and counseling center and you will be advised to get tested at the DU testing location.

Providing Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

You must upload documentation of your full vaccination to your MyHealth portal before you return to in-person activity for fall term or September 1st, whichever is earlier.

Fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since an individual received a one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

Vaccine Types
  • FDA-Authorized or Approved Vaccines -- Individuals with a verified record of vaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine, e.g., two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose.

     

  • WHO-Listed, Non-FDA-Authorized Vaccines -- Individuals with a verified record for a WHO-listed, but non-FDA authorized vaccine, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm, or Sinovac are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose. Individuals who received these vaccines should discuss with their health care provider the advisability of a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine.

     

  • Vaccines that are Neither FDA-authorized nor WHO-Listed -- Individuals with a verified record for a non-WHO listed and non-FDA authorized vaccine are considered not fully vaccinated. Following CDC guidance, Individuals in this category are encouraged to discuss with their health care provider pursing an mRNA vaccine 28 days following their final dose of a non-WHO-listed vaccine.

     

  • Mixed Vaccination Dosage -- Individuals who have received only one dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine in isolation or in combination with another vaccine are considered not fully vaccinated.

 

Accessing Vaccine Appointments. DU continues to offer opportunities to be vaccinated on campus. If you are interested in a vaccine appointment, or if you have questions about vaccine appointments, please email COVIDcoordinator@du.edu.

Providing Proof of Vaccination. To provide proof of vaccination, you upload a photograph of your completed vaccine card (instructions below). Your photo should clearly identify the type of vaccine, the date(s) on which you received it, and the provider. You must upload your vaccine card even if you were vaccinated on campus.

          Upload instructions:
        1. Log on to myhealth.du.edu
        2. Select “send a message/load records” on the myhealth homepage
        3. Select “new message”
        4. Select “I want to submit Immunization Records”
        5. Attach and upload your file(s)

After the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message. If HCC has approved your vaccine record and you are 2-weeks post-vaccination, your vaccination status on the campus access portal will change to “vaccinated.” For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

DU recognizes that not every individual is in a position to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time. Accordingly, in April of 2021, DU established a process to consider requests for certain limited exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Through that process, HCC will consider requests for exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons. DU may reconsider the availability of certain exemptions based on changing conditions on campus, in the surrounding community, or the state; changes to public health orders and/or guidance; and/or developments related to the COVID-19 vaccines.

As of August 2, 2021, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) released a new public health order that requires vaccination of all personnel working in higher education, including faculty, staff, student employees, contractors and volunteers. The DDPHE public health order only allows exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Because DU provided broader categories of exemptions to its vaccination requirement, DU must adjust its exemption process to align with the DDPHE public health order by only allowing medical and religious exemptions for DU personnel. DU personnel must either be verified as fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Any DU personnel who have been previously granted an exemption for a category other than medical or religious will be individually contacted by the COVID Team and must comply with DDPHE vaccination requirement by September 30, 2021. Meeting this deadline requires receiving and uploading verification of having received the final dose of an FDA authorized or WHO-listed vaccine no later than September 16, 2021 or uploading a request for a religious or medical exemption, with any necessary supporting documentation, no later than September 16, 2021.

To submit an exemption request, please download, complete, sign and upload the applicable form and any required documentation. Please note that submission of a request for exemption does not constitute a request for accommodation related to your employment or your participation in academic or other programs as a student at DU. You will need to contact Human Resources & Inclusive Community or Disability Services Program, respectively, to engage in the interactive accommodation process.

This exemption is specific to COVID-19 vaccination only. If you are requesting exemption from other vaccinations, such as the MMR vaccination requirement or the flu vaccination requirement, these exemption requests need to be filed individually.

Medical Exemption Form require a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason you should not receive the required vaccinations.

Non-Medical Exemption Form

          Upload instructions:
        1. Log on to myhealth.du.edu
        2. Select “send a message/load records” on the myhealth homepage
        3. Select “new message”
        4. Select “I want to submit Immunization Records”
        5. Attach and upload your file(s)

After HCC has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification within your MyHealth portal. If HCC approves your exemption request, your vaccination status on the campus access portal will change to “exempt.” For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

Those with an approved exemption (a) must comply with additional mitigation protocols, including more frequent testing, mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors in groups of 5 or more and quarantine following travel or exposure; (b) are not approved for international travel for University business or academic programs, and (c) are not approved for provision of in-person clinical services on campus or in-person participation in field placements.

 

Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS)

The University of Denver Health & Counseling Center (DU HCC) participates in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).  Immunizations given at the DU HCC will be entered into CIIS. Other information such as past immunization records provided to the DU HCC, gender, and the office where each shot is given will be included in the registry to be sure that your record is accurate and cannot be confused with another patient's record. Your address will also be included in the system to allow your healthcare provider to send you a card to remind you are due for an immunization. All information entered into CIIS is secure and confidential.

Under Colorado law, you can exclude your immunization information from participation. If you would like to opt out, please complete the form on the CIIS opt-out procedures page then provide a copy to CIIS as directed on the form.