Vaccine FAQs for International Students
Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to this page often. Updates will be made if additional policies are announced.

Will I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before I come to Seattle? 

Yes, if possible, it is best that you be vaccinated before you come to Seattle. Upload your vaccine documentation in the student health portal by following the instructions on the Health Services website by August 1, 2021. 

What COVID-19 vaccines are being accepted by SPU to meet this requirement? 

Vaccines that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO)* are being accepted for international students who are entering the United States. This list currently includes Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Covishield, SinoPharm, SinoVac, Novavax, and CanSinoBio. Please check this list as it may be updated throughout the summer.  

*Vaccines with a checkmark under the “EOI accepted” column are approved by the WHO.  

What if the vaccine I received in my home country is not on that list? Will I need to be revaccinated in the US? 

If the vaccine you received is not on the FDA or WHO list, you will need to be revaccinated in the US with an FDA-approved vaccine. You need to share your vaccination information on the International Traveler Conditional Vaccination Exemption Request form by August 1 (also available in your student health portal) and then you will receive more information from Health Services. 

What if I am able to only be partially vaccinated before traveling to the U.S.? 

You may still travel. If you received an initial dose of a vaccine that is available in the U.S., you will be able to receive the second dose in Seattle. Otherwise you will need to be revaccinated in the U.S. with an FDA-approved vaccine. You need to share your vaccination information on the International Traveler Conditional Vaccination Exemption Request form (also available in your student health portal) and then you will receive more information from Health Services. 

What if I haven’t been able to get vaccinated in my home country. Can I still come to Seattle? 

Yes, you can still come to Seattle. If you are not able to be fully vaccinated with U.S.-approved vaccines before you arrive in the U.S., you will need to complete the International Traveler Conditional Vaccination Exemption Request form by August 1 (also available in your student health portal) and then you will receive more information from Health Services.  

I have never been to Seattle before. Will someone at SPU help me find a place to be vaccinated?  

Yes, it is not hard to find places to get vaccinated in Seattle. You can use web-based tools such as the Vaccine locator, check here for where you can get vaccinated in King County, or contact Health Services and they will help you identify a place near you to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. The International Admissions and International Student Services staff will also work with you to be sure you are able to locate and obtain a vaccine. 

My religion prohibits me from receiving vaccinations. What does this mean for me? 

SPU is allowing students who have religious or medical reasons to submit a petition to not be vaccinated. Your petition will be reviewed, and a decision will be made regarding your request. You can find more information about religious or medical waivers on the Health Services website.  

Is the vaccine covered by my insurance?  

At this time, vaccines are free and available to all who live in Washington state.  

Am I allowed live on campus if I do not have a vaccination?  

All registered students are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved vaccine waiver on file with Health Services to be allowed to live on campus. SPU will allow new and returning international students who have an on-campus housing assignment and who arrive in the U.S. on August 30 to quarantine for 7 days on campus. Non-vaccinated students will be required to be vaccinated at the end of that 7-day quarantine period. Students arriving later than August 30 will need to consult with International Admissions or International Student Services to determine access to on-campus housing. Please refer to the separate information regarding arrival procedures for non-vaccinated students. 

Will I need to quarantine if I arrive on campus and have not been vaccinated?  

If you are not fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine you will need to have a Conditional, Medical, or Religious Waiver on file with Health Services by August 1. We recommend all travelers follow CDC guidelines for international travel. SPU students who are not fully vaccinated are required to obtain viral testing within 72 hours before traveling and again 3 to 5 days after travel, and to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after arrival in the U.S. These instructions will be reviewed with you by Health Services in the waiver process. Please refer to the separate information regarding arrival procedures for non-vaccinated students.