FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY

For USC’s official vaccination policy, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy page.

The vaccination policy applies to “all faculty, staff, and students who work, live, visit or study on-campus.” If you are enrolled in an online degree program and do not intend to be on the USC campuses, you are not held to the vaccine requirement.

Your health record (visible only to you) will show “non-compliant,” and as a result, your Trojan Check will be de-activated and you will not be able to access USC campuses.

If you enroll in classes that are hybrid or meet in person, or decide at a later date to access any USC property, you are required to meet the vaccine policy and Trojan Check requirements before coming to campus.

If you are exclusively enrolled in an online degree program and encountering a registration hold, you may complete an attestation form and submit it to the COVID-19 Response Team at covid19@usc.edu; please provide your USC ID number along with the completed form.

Requirements of the policy must be met on or before July 15, 2021.

Within 5-7 business days, your vaccination record will be verified.

Your Trojan Check status will be updated and you no longer need to participate in Pop Testing to access campus facilities—once the full series has been verified and it has been 14 days after your final dose.

Yes, all USC students and employees are eligible to receive vaccinations for COVID-19 at the Lyon Center through USC Student Health. Appointments are viewable through MySHR (https://usc.edu/myshr). Walk-ins are available from 9 am - 2 pm during vaccination hours.

Walk-in appointments are also available at Keck Medicine. Beginning Monday, April 26, through Saturday, May 1, Keck Medicine of USC will be accepting walk-in appointments at its Healthcare Center 3 (HC3) vaccination clinic, located on the Health Sciences Campus at 1516 San Pablo Street.

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson.

Yes, Trojan Check must be completed before visiting any USC campus. If you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in COVID testing.

For U.S. immunizations, the COVID-19 vaccination card issued by the CDC to vaccination sites is accepted. For non-U.S. immunizations, please upload proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine with the following information in English:
  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The name of the vaccine you received
  • The date(s) you received the vaccine
  • Documentation must be from a healthcare organization or vaccination site
 If you completed a 2-dose series, please upload documentation that shows both doses administered. You may upload each dose individually as you get them or together, but your Trojan Check status will not be updated unless both doses are uploaded and reviewed.

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine card, you can take photos of the front of the card and upload into the "Upload Documents" tab in MySHR. If the documentation uploaded is missing any required information, one of our staff will send you a secure message regarding the missing or incorrect information.

No; please upload as soon as you have completed your vaccination/s.  If you received your vaccine from Keck or USC Student Health, your vaccination records will be automatically entered into the electronic health record within 7 days; no need to upload.

All faculty, staff, and students must participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please note that anyone who fails to participate by the established deadline of July 15, 2021 will be unable to be on-site in any capacity.

Any unvaccinated person, including those with an approved Religious or Medical exemption, will be subject to additional requirements, including but not limited to a requirement to wear a mask indoor on all USC campuses, and to participate in regular testing (once per week for faculty, staff, and graduate students; twice per week for undergraduates).

Send an email to covid19@usc.edu with your name and USC ID number describing the problem, screenshots may be helpful. You may also call the Covid response center at 213-740-6291 or Student Health at 213-740-9355.

Individuals currently outside the United States should not delay receiving COVID vaccination even if they do not have Emergency Use Authorization(EUA) in the US. Please submit proof of those vaccinations to MySHR. At present, we are accepting all international COVID-19 vaccines that have received EUA through the World Health Organization (WHO). We are continually evaluating efficacy data for other vaccines and further recommendations on additional doses of a COVID-19 vaccine may be updated in the future. Vaccination will be available for arriving students who are unable to access vaccination prior to the start of the fall semester.

Yes, you may receive an additional vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson) after 28 days have passed since your previous COVID-19 vaccine. USC Student Health regularly lists appointments in MySHR for available vaccine appointments.

Keck Medicine of USC will offer vaccinations to friends and family of USC faculty, staff and students once we receive final authorizations.

As soon as we can offer registration information for appointments, information will be shared on the Keck Medicine of USC Covid-19 Vaccine website. Appointments will be scheduled at different locations based on ages:

  • Vaccines for those 12 and up will be available at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • Vaccines for those 14 and up will continue to be available at Keck Medicine of USC

No, your record must be updated with documentation that meets one of the new exemption criteria. You can upload an exemption form in MySHR (https://usc.edu/myshr)

Decisions by the review committee will be individually communicated by August 15.

Individuals who are granted exemptions will be required to test regularly through the Pop Testing program (once weekly for graduate students, faculty, and staff; twice weekly for undergraduates).

Individuals who do not have approved exemptions will be considered out of compliance with the University’s policies and may be subject to revocation of access to campus (including technology platforms) among other actions.

All USC students, faculty and staff will be required to continue a daily symptom check (through trojancheck.usc.edu). Valid Trojan Check requires:

  1. Training completion of the appropriate “Hygiene Health and Safety” module (prerequisite, one-time, available August 1) through trojanlearn.usc.edu
  2. Daily symptom check with attestation
  3. Compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine policy through vaccination, or approved medical or religious exemption.

Based on the revised policy, faculty, staff, and students have the option of:

  • Receiving vaccination on-site when eligible, or
  • Providing written documentation of vaccination from an external healthcare facility or clinic (e.g., at a private health care provider’s office or during a vaccine fair), or
  • Obtaining an approved religious or medical exemption:  Fill out the appropriate Religious or Medical exemption form and submit it to MySHR. Please allow 14 days for your request to be reviewed.