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Uploaded COVID-19 Vaccine Documents Could Lead To Student Privileges

Penn State is considering implementing new incentives, including exemption from select health and safety guidelines, to encourage student vaccinations, the university said in a statement Wednesday.

Although no measures are implemented yet, potential benefits for fully immunized students with completed vaccine documents could include exemptions from COVID-19-related quarantines. Penn State said it will potentially make decisions on similar protocols using data obtained through student vaccine statuses.

All University Park and Commonwealth Campus students can upload their completed vaccination records online through myUHS. At this time, World Campus students cannot upload their documents.

Submitting your documents online is pretty easy. All you need to do is visit myUHS’s portal, select “Immunization Upload” at the bottom of the left toolbar, and upload a picture or screenshot of your official vaccine card. You should’ve received one after getting your vaccine in person.

Uploaded documents should include your full name and date of birth, the vaccine you received, the date(s) you received it on, and a signature from the health care professional or clinic site staff who administered it.

Immunizations are complete once two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine have been received. Immunity, however, is not considered fully effective until two weeks after the final shot is administered.

“While the COVID-19 immunization is not required at this time, the University’s return to in-person experiences and a sense of normalcy depends in part on our ability and willingness to be immunized,” Penn State said in a statement.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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