COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Meredith has strongly encouraged all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccinations of their choice, because getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the surest way our community can return to more typical activities and interactions. 

Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, Meredith College is adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required for students, and is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees.

Exemption Requests

Meredith College accepted exemption requests through November 15, 2021. 

Exemption Review Process
Students and employees seeking a vaccination exemption were able to submit an official form to request either a medical or religious exemption. Additional documentation, beyond what was required on the form, was not considered as part of the review. Forms that have been altered were not considered.

Exemption requests were considered anonymously, without the reviewers knowing the name of the person submitting the information. To protect this process, requests could not be submitted via email. 

Once an individual’s request form was accepted for review, it could not be amended or re-submitted.

Individuals who have submitted an exemption request will be notified within 21 business days of the submission date. The decision of the review committee is final. 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccination Requirement

Meredith College accepts the science showing that vaccination is the best way to protect our whole community. Keeping Meredith and its people safe is our first priority, as we have stated throughout our pandemic communications. Vaccinations are the latest addition to the tools we already use: testing, masking, social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer stations, CampusClear, and routine cleaning, as well as when necessary, disinfection. As the science shows, these tools overlap to address gaps in the prevention of transmission and minimization of effects, meaning these multiple practices are most likely to offer optimal protection.

For expert information on the COVID-19 vaccine, consider watching Meredith College’s webinar Viruses and Vaccines: The History, Science, and Impacts of COVID-19.

No. If you have already submitted proof of vaccination, there’s nothing else you need to do at this time.

Vaccinations continue to be available at no cost in the United States to anyone age 12 and older.

In Wake County, there are free vaccination sites available most days. Increasingly, COVID-19 vaccinations are also available at area pharmacies and doctor’s offices. The pharmacy in Ridgewood shopping center is offering vaccinations by appointment and is within walking distance of campus.

The North Carolina Vaccine Locator includes a list of both government and private vaccine location sites throughout the state.

No. You can take the two-shot Pfizer vaccine, the two-shot Moderna vaccine, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Taking any of those vaccines will satisfy the Meredith COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Physicians and vaccination experts guide the timing of doses. If you take the Pfizer vaccine, you must allow three weeks between the first and second doses. If you take the Moderna vaccine, you must allow four weeks between the first and second doses. 

You need to allow two weeks beyond the last shot in your series (after the single shot for Johnson & Johnson; after the second shot for Pfizer or Moderna). That’s why Meredith is announcing our vaccine requirement now (September 2021) to allow plenty of time for you to get a vaccine and be fully vaccinated (two weeks after your last dose).

For maximum protection, you should take the vaccine as soon as possible. If you are on campus, unvaccinated, and subject to routine surveillance testing, being vaccinated sooner rather than later means you can stop the routine surveillance testing when you have received emailed approval from student health services to do so.

You need to have finished your vaccination or vaccination series at least two weeks before you return to campus for the start of spring semester.

You will need to upload a scan or photograph of your vaccination card into the portal and complete the required data fields there. You must do so by January 4, 2022.

You can fill out the form for either request and upload it to the portal ( after Friday, October 15, 2021.

Additional documentation, beyond what is required on the form, will not be considered as part of the review. Forms that have been altered will not be considered.

Exemption requests will be considered anonymously, without the reviewers knowing the name of the person submitting the information. To protect this process, please do not submit a request via email.

You will be notified by the College if/when the exception is granted. All exemption requests must be submitted by November 15, 2021, to be considered. Once an individual’s request form has been accepted for review, it cannot be amended or re-submitted. The decision of the review committee is final.

Note: students or employees who want or need to exercise their right to exemption may be subject to special masking, distancing, and testing requirements.

Testing requirements for the Spring will depend on campus and community conditions later this year. We will announce any testing requirements closer to the end of 2021 and/or the beginning of 2022. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Exemptions from Covid-19 Vaccinations

Yes. In addition to those vaccinations required of students when they matriculate, Meredith College is currently requiring flu vaccinations for all students who live on campus. Beginning on January 4, 2022, the College is requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for all learning and working on campus – including students, faculty, and staff.

Meredith College recognizes medical and religious exemptions that have been approved by Meredith’s review committee (composed of leaders in College Programs and Business and Finance).

Enrolled students and employees were able to file a request for an exemption from the Covid-19 requirement until November 15, 2021.


The committee will review the information provided on any form submitted by the deadline (in this case, November 15, 2021). Each application is reviewed individually and may be accepted or denied, pending the outcome of that review. The decisions of the Committee are final and not subject to appeal. Individuals who have submitted an exemption request will be notified within 21 business days of the submission date.

No. The forms are sent to the committee without the name of the student or employee who has submitted it. In other words, the committee does not know whose application they are reading.    

No. To keep the application process as fair as possible to all, the review committee will consider only the information submitted on the official form. The review committee will not consider amended forms, incomplete forms, or information additional to that requested on the official form.

The review committee will not consider additional information to be part of the application for exemption.  

The decision of the review committee is final.

Meredith students, faculty, and staff can submit one application for a medical exemption and/or one application for a religious exemption. 

Representatives from the divisions of College Programs and Business and Finance serve on the review team. The membership of the review teams may change from time to time, depending on circumstance.   

Meredith College requires vaccines in order to create a living and learning environment that is as healthy as possible for all. We do so for the well-being of those who live, learn, and work on campus, as well as those who visit the campus and the people with whom we come into contact when we leave the campus.