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Vaccination Status Reporting

In preparation for winter semester, BYU is asking new students, faculty and staff to report their COVID-19 vaccination status immediately. Continuing students, faculty and staff may also report or update their vaccination status to include booster immunizations.

Data about the BYU community vaccination rates will help inform further COVID-19 protocol decisions for winter semester.

If you have been vaccinated, you will need information from your vaccine card to complete the self-report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is BYU requiring a vaccination status report? Utah County has been designated as a high transmission area again due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. High transmission of COVID-19 is concerning and BYU takes seriously the physical health and safety of our campus community, including those who are immunocompromised. BYU will take a scaled approach to disease prevention that corresponds to vaccination rates among the campus community.

Are vaccinations required? BYU strongly encourages vaccination but BYU is not currently requiring every employee or student to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to be on campus in Provo this upcoming semester. However, vaccination may be required for certain travel, research, or other programs to be determined in conjunction with applicable regulations and other guidelines.

What if I choose not to submit a vaccination status report? If you are a new student or employee, your access to myBYU will be restricted until the report is received. Continuing students and employees who have not reported their vaccine status may already be restricted from accessing myBYU.

If I report that I have not been vaccinated will I still be able to access myBYU? Will BYU impose any other restrictions on me if I report that I am not vaccinated?

You will still be able to access myBYU if you report that you are not vaccinated. BYU is collecting this information in order to help inform further COVID-19 protocol decisions for winter semester.

Is BYU violating HIPAA regulations by requiring me to report my vaccination status? No. HIPAA applies to personal health information collected and maintained by covered healthcare providers. It does not apply to BYU’s collection of vaccine information from its students and employees. However, privacy is important to BYU and personal information submitted in the survey will be kept private and secure. Only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will have access to this personal information. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Is BYU violating state or federal law by requiring me to report my vaccination status? No. BYU is legally permitted to ask students and employees about their vaccination status and require them to disclose that status. BYU will follow all applicable state and federal privacy laws and all reported vaccination status information will be kept confidential. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Will BYU protect my privacy? Personal information submitted in the survey will be kept private and secure. Only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will have access to this personal information. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Why isn’t BYU asking about immunity from contracting COVID-19? Research indicates that people who have previously been infected and recovered from COVID-19 infection may not have enough antibodies to provide protection against re-infection with some of the emerging variants of COVID-19. Public health authorities, including the CDC, recommend that all individuals, including those with a prior COVID-19 infection, be vaccinated for COVID-19. BYU strongly encourages every employee or student to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

What if my vaccination status changes? When your vaccination status changes, please visit welcome-back.byu.edu to update your information.

Where can I get vaccinated? Vaccine appointments are readily available throughout Utah, including the BYU Student Health Center. You can also visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you.