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COVID-19 Information for Fall 2022

COVID-19 Self-Test Kits

UHS will provide self-test kits to students on demand at no cost.  Please call our office at (585) 275-2662 to request test kits as needed.

COVID-19 Exposure Protocols

If you were exposed to COVID-19:

  • You are not required to quarantine.
  • You should start wearing a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed.
  • You should continue to wear a mask while around others until at least 10 days after your most recent exposure. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 which can develop up to 10 days after exposure.
  • It is strongly recommended that you should perform a COVID-19 test on day 5 after you were exposed
  • If you develop any symptoms, please isolate and perform a COVID-19 antigen test.
  • Additional information can be found at the CDC website

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms

Any student currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact University Health Service at (585) 275-2662 to report the symptoms. UHS will then follow up.

COVID-19 Isolation Protocols

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days as per CDC and Monroe County Department of Public Health. Day 0 is the day a student first experiences symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the day of the positive COVID test.

You may end isolation 5 full days after you test positive if you have never experienced symptoms OR 5 days after the onset of symptoms if you are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a mask whenever you are around other people for another 5 days.

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UHS COVID Booster Vaccine Clinics

UHS received a limited supply of Pfizer bivalent booster vaccine and is scheduling appointments for University of Rochester students Please log into UHSConnect to check availability.  From there you can self-schedule your appointment.  Additional appointment dates will be made available in the future.

Please contact UHS at (585) 275-2662 with any questions.

Additional COVID vaccination information can be found here:

CVS Pharmacy located at College Town (1431 Mt. Hope Avenue) is also offering COVID vaccinations and boosters.  For more information please visit the CVS website:

Student Requirement

All new and returning University of Rochester students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a CDC or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine. Fully vaccinated means receiving the initial dose(s) as described in the CDC or WHO approval.


A COVID-19 booster dose is encouraged but not required at this time.

All new students should upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the UHSConnect system. Review full instructions. Returning students who completed this upload process last year do not need to do it again.

Medical or Religious Exemptions

Any student wishing to submit a request for an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine should email to request the form.

Medical exemptions will require additional documentation from a provider to be uploaded and submitted with your exemption request form. Requests are processed in the order that they are received. Please allow 3-5 days for processing once you have submitted your request and the related documentation.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days, you can request a temporary exemption from the vaccine requirement. You will need to upload an image of your positive test through UHSConnect for this exemption.

If you are seeking a religious exemption from all vaccinations, please specify that in your email to This type of exemption requires a different form and a different process.

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