COVID-19 Information


Prioritizing health & safety throughout the pandemic.

Consistent with the June 1st message to the community, the University requires every member (in-person and online students, faculty, and staff) of our community to provide proof of vaccination since vaccines remain our safest and most effective defense against COVID-19 and its variants.

The University is now requiring, effective immediately, that all members of the Penn community and visitors wear masks while indoors in public or shared spaces. Exceptions to the masking requirement include single occupancy offices and shared spaces where 6ft distancing can be maintained, with roommates in our college house suites/rooms, and by permission in instructional settings for pedagogical reasons.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions.

Is the COVID vaccine required for students?

Students should plan on being fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine) before they return to campus for the fall semester. For any students who have not been vaccinated by the time they return to campus, the University will provide vaccination clinics. However, students will need to quarantine for two weeks after receiving their first dose.

What if I do not want to be vaccinated?

Which vaccines are approved in the United States?

Penn will accept the vaccines listed below, all of whom have been granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) through the United States’ Food and Drug Administration:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

Additionally, there are numerous vaccines that are available in other countries. Penn will accept those that have been “pre-qualified” or authorized for “Emergency Use Listing” (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. As of May 4th, this list also includes:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield

Do I need vaccines for my internship/field placement?

Students with clinical obligations may also be subject to additional immunization requirements from their clinical sites. These entities may also have separate and distinct exemption processes. As stated, the University is requiring the COVID vaccine along with other immunizations for all students. Please follow-up with your field placement/internship or practicum if additional immunizations are required.

New developments to the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are emerging quickly, and above all, we urge you to follow the recommendations and guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities.

The following organizations have set up official coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pages, in an effort to keep the public up-to-date:

University of Pennsylvania resources are available here:

Library Resources

In addition to physical and online books, the Penn Libraries offers electronic access to thousands of newspapers, databases, and journals; a selection of frequently accessed titles appears below.

Newspapers and magazines: The Economist, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Fortune, Foreign Policy, Scientific American

Journals: Harvard Business Review, The Lancet, The Journal of Consumer Research, Annual Review of Psychology, and The Journal of Statistical Software

Databases: NexisUni*, PubMedPlus, and DowJones Factiva**

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Building Access


To gain access to any University building, all faculty, staff and students must register and complete the PennOpen Pass application every day. PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom checker to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the Penn community. Daily tracking is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community as it will enable clinical staff and contact tracers to act quickly if COVID-19 is detected and help to expediently connect individuals to care.

All University of Pennsylvania event participants, day visitors, vendors, and non-badged contractors must complete a COVID-19 screening through PennOpen Campus before arriving on campus, each day they are on campus. The screening will generate either a Green Pass required to enter University buildings, or a Red Pass which advises the individual to seek care from a health care provider. A Green Pass is valid for one day only and contains a random, three-character code generated daily to help secure the integrity of the program.