Updated: April 21, 2021 at 8:24AM

General Vaccination FAQ

If I’ve already been vaccinated, do I still need to follow Notre Dame’s health and safety protocols?

Yes, everyone is expected to continue to follow all campus health and safety protocols, including required surveillance testing, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and completing your daily health check. Additionally, students are expected to abide by the Campus Compact for the Spring 2021 semester, even if they have been vaccinated.

Do I still need to quarantine if I’ve received the vaccine and been exposed or identified as a close contact?

If you have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, do not have any symptoms and are identified as exposed to COVID-19 or a close contact of a positive case, per the latest CDC guidance, you do not need to quarantine. However you are expected to follow the same health and safety guidelines, even if you have been vaccinated. Additionally, if you have been vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19, you still need to isolate. It is not yet understood if the vaccine can prevent or reduce transmission of COVID-19, so to reduce further spread it is important to continue isolation protocols if you have tested positive.

What if I am fully vaccinated but experience COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are fully vaccinated and experience symptoms, you will be sent for COVID-19 testing and, depending on your test results, will be treated accordingly.

If I’m fully vaccinated, can I travel?

Students, faculty, and staff are still strongly discouraged from traveling away from the local area during the Spring Semester. Whenever such travel must be undertaken, travelers are expected to comply with the University’s public health protocols in addition to any requirements in effect at the destination. The University’s Travel Policy can be found here.

If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, can I still receive the vaccine?

Yes, as long as you have been released from isolation, are no longer symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated. You do not have to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis. As long as you are not actively sick, you are able to get the vaccine.

If my vaccine appointment is during work hours, will I get paid?

Yes. The University supports the importance of the vaccine and will accommodate those who are eligible to receive it.

Am I required by Notre Dame to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

The University currently does not require its faculty, staff, and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the University strongly recommends everyone who is eligible get vaccinated. Notre Dame will require all students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional – to be fully vaccinated as a condition of enrollment for the 2021–22 academic year.

Can I receive other vaccinations with the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine series should routinely be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccine. 

When do I become fully protected after receiving the vaccine?

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. If it has been less than two weeks since your last shot or if you still need to get your second dose, you are not fully protected. The date of your final dose of vaccine is Vaccinated Day 0, and you are considered fully protected starting on Day 15.

How long does the vaccine last?

According to the CDC, scientists are still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people. Learn more here.