OU offering medical and religious vaccine exemptions


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Campus Communications released information about medical and religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate this afternoon.

Earlier this week, Oakland University announced all students planning to attend in-person classes and/or university activities, along with faculty and staff working on-campus or at off-site locations, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Those who have not yet been vaccinated are required to have their first shot by Friday, Sept. 3 and their second of Moderna or Pfizer by Friday, Oct. 1. Vaccination status must be uploaded through the Graham Health Center patient portal.

In a Campus Communication letter sent out earlier this afternoon, OU sent out details on both medical and religious exemptions.

The medical exemption form involves two steps: the medical provider completing the OU student medical exemption request form, followed by the student completing their respective student medical exemption request. The medical provider completing the form must be a licensed and qualified D.O., M.D., Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, according to OU’s website.

For religious exemptions, students are to fill out the religious belief exemption request.

Faculty and staff may also request an exemption, but must do so with a faculty or staff medical or religious exemption form.

All medical and religious exemption forms must be returned by Sept. 1.

The exemption process is reviewed by the Dean of Students for OU students and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for faculty and staff.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments and walk-in’s are currently available at the Graham Health Center on campus. OU is still offering a $100 incentive to those who upload vaccination status to the portal by Sept. 30.

For more information, check out OU’s COVID-19 campus information.