Vaccination Policy

Rice defines fully vaccinated as having received the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna regime plus a booster shot or the one-shot J&J vaccine plus a booster.


Students

ALL new undergraduate students and graduate students, including business school students, are required to submit a properly completed Health Data Form (HDF) to Student Health. More information is available on this page, including links to the Health Data Form and specific requirements for enrollment: https://health.rice.edu/new-students/health-data-form

Faculty and Staff

Vaccine boosters are required for all employees if it has been at least six months since you finished your two-shot Pfizer or Moderna regime. If you had the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you are not required to wait six months and you should get boosted with a second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. This requirement applies to all employees and students who come to campus unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption. As a reminder, the booster shot takes two weeks to be fully effective, and you must update your vaccination status with your booster information.


To provide proof of vaccination:

For Rice Employees (faculty and staff) - the following groups can help you answer questions about vaccination requirements:

  • General questions about the vaccination policy for employees should be addressed to Human Resources at people@rice.edu
  • Religious accommodation requests or questions should be sent to the Office of Access, Equity, and Equal Opportunity at aeeo@rice.edu
  • Medical exemption requests or questions should go to the Disability Resource Center at adarice@rice.edu