COVID-19 Booster Dose Requirement; Omicron Variant

December 13, 2021

** The information in this email has been updated. GW's COVID-19 booster dose requirement has been adjusted. For up-to-date information, see this update. **


This Campus Health Update includes information on the following: 

  • COVID-19 Booster Requirement
  • Omicron Variant Update
  • Additional Information

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

The George Washington University will require a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for all eligible students, faculty and staff in university-owned or -operated facilities by January 10, 2022. 

The booster requirement aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation and is part of our ongoing efforts to keep the GW community healthy and safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

You must receive a booster dose and upload documentation to the medical portal by January 10, 2022, or as soon as you become eligible. Instructions on how to upload documentation are online.  

If you currently have a medical or religious exemption to GW’s vaccine requirement, the booster mandate does not apply to you. However, you must continue to follow required campus health protocols. 

For more information about GW’s COVID-19 booster requirement and guidance on where to get a booster, visit

Omicron Variant Update

The DC Department of Health has confirmed four unrelated cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the District. As we shared previously, the GW public health team has been conducting genetic sequencing and screening of positive cases over the past several months. We are now seeing a very small number of positive cases of the Omicron variant among the GW community. Because of privacy concerns, we are not able to discuss these cases specifically other than to share that the individuals did not travel internationally, which means the Omicron variant is now circulating in the region.

The presence of the Omicron variant does not change the public health measures we have implemented to protect the health of our campus community nor does it change the measures we take to treat and isolate individuals who are infected. We believe that our vaccine and booster mandate, in combination with the university’s indoor mask mandate and routine COVID-19 testing and contact tracing programs, helps our community stay well protected.

As always, we will continue to review our public health guidelines based on the latest data about COVID-19 transmission in our community, as well as local and national public health guidance. We will update you on any changes to our guidance. 


Additional Information