In accordance with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Temple University requires all members of the university community—including students, employees and volunteers—to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All of our students (including those on our Ambler and Rome campuses) will need to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption prior to the beginning of the fall 2023 semester to participate in on-campus, in-person learning and activities.

As we welcome new Owls to campus this fall, we want to assure you that this policy will help to safeguard the health and wellness of our community. See how many members of the campus community are currently vaccinated against COVID-19.

You can find more information below, including details about Temple’s vaccine requirements, guidance on how to upload your vaccine information and additional information about Temple and COVID-19 vaccines. 

Vaccine Requirements

Students will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving either a one-dose or two-dose shot. For students starting this fall, you will be expected to be fully vaccinated and submit vaccine information to Temple before the start of the semester on Monday, August 28. If you are not fully vaccinated by the start of the fall semester, then you risk losing access to your on-campus classes and activities. 

You can also seek a vaccination waiver for medical or religious reasons. The forms can be found on the Forms tab of the student health portal. Please note that the medical exemption form must be signed by a licensed healthcare provider. These forms must be submitted by Monday, August 21, so that they can be reviewed in advance of the start of the semester. The submission of a request is not a guarantee of an exemption.

Read below responses to questions about the university’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. You can also learn more about Temple’s vaccine requirements and COVID-19 vaccines on the university’s website.

Uploading Your Vaccine Information

Once fully vaccinated, incoming students who have paid their enrollment deposit are required to upload a photo of their vaccination card to Temple’s student health portal to be verified by Student Health Services. This must be done before you come to campus. You will not be considered vaccinated by the university until those records have been received and verified.

As previously mentioned, you can also submit a vaccination waiver for medical or religious regions. The forms can be found on the Forms tab of the student health portal and must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 21 so that they can be reviewed in advance of the start of the semester. 

About the Vaccines

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and how Temple is prioritizing the health and well-being of our community, we encourage you to visit the university’s COVID-19 websiteIf you have any questions about the university’s vaccine requirement, please reach out to