Operating Safely

Panther wearing mask

Read the latest health rules from Pitt updated August 24th.

Getting vaccinated 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization have released detailed information about why and how vaccines keep us safer and healthier. Read the key reasons to get vaccinated

Proof of Vaccination

The University of Pittsburgh requires every student, faculty and staff member to comply with certain mitigation measures unless they provide proof that they have been vaccinated.  Community members will be assumed to be unvaccinated unless they provide evidence of being fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

To provide proof of vaccination, you will need to upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. Your vaccination status will be used only for our virus control program and will be accessed only by appropriately authorized personnel.

Before starting the process, we recommend you photograph or scan the front of the card, which includes your name, what COVID-19 vaccine you received and the date(s) you received the vaccine. Save this photo or file to your computer or smartphone to upload as described below.

Mandatory virus testing

Any student, faculty or staff member who does not provide proof of their full vaccination status will be required to take a weekly COVID test. This is to keep our community safe. Mandatory weekly virus testing will begin the week of August 30.  Additional details regarding this testing. 


Students are required to either submit proof of COVID-19 immunization or request an exemption by completing this form and uploading it to the Health Services Patient Portal. Or, you can email or fax it (814-362-7514) to Health Services. 

Students who are vaccinated/disclosed will not be required to comply with most mitigation measures, such as COVID-19 routine testing, contact tracing, shelter-in-place or quarantine when exposed to COVID-19. 
Students who are not vaccinated, who do not disclose their vaccination status, or who request an exemption from vaccination will be required to: 

  • Wear a face covering indoors and outdoors. 
  • Participate in a mandatory routine testing throughout the semester. 
  • Will have to participate in contact tracing, shelter-in-place and quarantine when exposed to COVID-19.