Operating Safely

Updated Mask Guidance

Effective March 28: Masks optional indoors. In light of the CDC’s recent changes to mask guidance, the Healthcare Advisory Group has updated the University’s mask guidance to incorporate key features of the CDC guidance. Read full details.

Vaccination Requirement

All University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff on all campuses must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption to remain a community member. Please read the full message dated 11/1/21.

How does the new vaccine requirement affect you? Use this decision tree to find out.


Faculty, staff, and students can request an exemption from this vaccine requirement. Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) and can only be requested for medical reasons, or reasons based on sincerely held religious belief or because of a strong moral or ethical conviction. Faculty, staff, and students who are granted an exemption will be subject to additional mitigation measures, such as routine COVID-19 testing.

Medical exemptions require a doctor’s signature. Religious and moral exemptions require a notarized attestation. Download and print one of the following forms: 

Medical Attestation Form
Moral Attestation Form
Religious Attestation Form

A photo or scan of the signed or notarized form must be uploaded to the Exemption Request Form online.

Submit an Exemption Request

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. 

If you have received a booster shot, please update your record and upload an additional photo of your vaccination card.  

Students can upload an additional photo of your vaccination card by following the instructions here.

Faculty and staff can Upload a new image of your vaccine card. Previous vaccine card images are stored in the system but will not appear. Please have an image ready on your smartphone or as a scanned file. 

Understanding which members of our community have gotten boosters will allow us to reach out proactively to those members who are eligible but have not yet gotten boosted.  

If you have not been boosted, most local pharmacies offer appointments: 
Walmart pharmacy, 50 Foster Brook Blvd. 814-368-4700 Schedule an appointment
CVS pharmacy, 10 Davis St. 814-362-4559 Schedule an appointment

Mandatory virus testing

The University of Pittsburgh strongly encourages vaccination to protect the health and safety of the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt considers it the responsibility of individuals who are not vaccinated to comply with mandatory weekly testing, made free and possible for Pitt community members through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics.  Additional details regarding this testing.