Royals Back Together


“Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. And helping the majority of people to do so, is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for our families and friends, and love for all peoples.”

Pope Francis
"Pope Urges People to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine"
August 2021

Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, and in a commitment to community that defines and distinguishes us, our Royals Back Together plan begins by acknowledging that we have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe. Vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently the best way to ensure the health and safety of our communities.

Vaccination Requirements for Students
All students attending in-person classes or accessing campus for other reasons must be fully vaccinated by August 27, 2021. As a reminder, full vaccination differs depending on which vaccine you receive.

  • If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, then you must get your first shot on or before July 23 and your second shot on or before August 13 to be compliant.
  • For the Moderna vaccine, the first shot must be July 16, and the second shot by August 13.
  • For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must receive your vaccine by August 13.
  • Students coming to campus early (e.g. resident assistants and student-athletes) must be fully vaccinated before their arrival, which means these deadlines may be sooner.

The University will follow its Vaccination Policy for the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. As with other required vaccinations, Student Health Services is available to answer questions and/or to request a waiver form at 570-941-7667 or As always, vaccination exemption requests are considered in compliance with law.

Vaccination Requirements for Employees
Based on the guidance available to us, we now ask that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated and that they do so no later than August 27, 2021. Employees must log their current vaccination status via the following link:  Employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement, in accordance with applicable law, by contacting Elizabeth Garcia, Esq., Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, and Title IX Coordinator at Read the full announcement.

View Vaccine FAQs

Other Related Resources:

"A Moral Obligation" -- Pope Francis

"Rights and Responsibilities" in the Catholic Tradition 

"Note on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines" -- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Statement of Bishop Joseph C. Bambera Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines -- Bishop Bambera

How to Get a Vaccine:

CDC: Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Near You

PA Depart of Health COVID-19 Vaccines

Lackawanna County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics