Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at protecting individuals from both infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect our community are the best protection from COVID-19 available to us, and support Lewis & Clark offering the in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Lewis & Clark education. Therefore, all Lewis & Clark students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend Lewis & Clark.


All students must be up-to-date (as defined by the CDC) with their COVID vaccinations prior to their first day of classes at Lewis & Clark, and must remain up-to-date with their vaccinations consistent with the latest CDC guidance. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes. Students must document proof of vaccine dates and upload vaccination documents in the College’s confidential and secure Health Information Portal. This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19. Any vaccine listed for use by the World Health Organization is acceptable.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement from Wellness Services for medical or non-medical (e.g., religious) reasons as provided in Oregon and federal law:

  • Students who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption from the Health Service. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  • Students seeking a non-medical (e.g. religious) exemption may request such an exemption from the Health Service and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request, as well as either 1) signed documentation from a health care practitioner that the practitioner has reviewed with the student the risks and benefits of immunization or 2) certification of having completed a COVID vaccine educational module approved by the Lewis & Clark Health Service.

The process for seeking an exemption is available on the Health Service webpage. Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

This vaccination requirement applies to all students attending Lewis & Clark, including those in both degree and non-degree granting programs. However, this requirement does not apply to programs that are fully online or for which physical presence on campus is not necessary, such as the Law School’s fully online LLM program in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law and certain licensure and endorsement programs at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

Students who have received a vaccine not approved by the World Health Organization should contact the Health Service for guidance before taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

Students who are subject to this policy and who do not comply will not be allowed to attend classes.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Wellness Services at

Updated April 13, 2022