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COVID-19 Vaccine

​​​​Updated July 26, 2021

For fall, students, faculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the 2021-22 academic year begins. Everyone at DePaul is highly encouraged to seek an appointment now. Together, we will help one another stay healthy.

Search, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you. 

DePaul's Vaccine FAQs

Fall 2021 COVID-19 vaccination requirements

In the spirit of caring for each other and for our surrounding community, DePaul will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the 2021-22 academic year begins.

This requirement includes all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all degree programs starting in the fall 2021 term, and all full- and part-time faculty and staff.

Students: Submit proof of vaccination and learn more about DePaul’s immunization requirements

Employees: Be prepared to attest to your vaccination status and a randomly administered verification program will supplement the self-reporting requirement to ensure compliance.

Blue Demon Vaccine Contest

DePaul is launching the first-ever Blue Demon Vaccine Contest for students who submit their completed COVID-19 vaccine records or proper documentation for an exemption by Aug. 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Visit the Immunization Requirements website for more information and instructions on how to submit your documentation.

Contest prizes include:

  • ​Apple AirPods Pro ($250) 
  • $500 gift card to Barnes & Noble bookstore ​
  • Suite for the winner and up to five friends to attend a men’s or women’s basketball game at Wintrust Arena ($1,000) 
  • $2,500 grant towards their cost of attendance​
For more information, review the Blue Demon Vaccine Contest rules​ and Newsline​.  ​

​Vaccine eligibility for DePaul faculty, staff and students

Anyone ages 12 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine anywhere in Illinois. Make sure to check residency requirements for all appointments. Because different vaccines have different age minimums, please check age requirements for all appointments.

How to schedule a vaccine appointment

There are multiple ways to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; some require appointments and some don't. Please check the information associated with the vaccination site closely to see if an appointment is required.

Search, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you. ​

Have questions about how to get the vaccine? Send an email to DePaul staff can answer questions about vaccine eligibility and appointment locations. Please note that staff will not book appointments for you.

Chicago and Illinois residents

Faculty, staff and students ages 12+ can seek appointments through the following methods:

    • Through city-run mass vaccination sites. Learn more about the sites here. All city of Chicago-operated sites accept walk-ins. Appointments are preferred but not required. Appointments can be made via the centralized vaccine booking site Zocdoc. Please visit, confirm your location and eligibility and receive real-time appointment availability.

    • Through pharmacies. Each has its own registration system which can be found at the following links:
        • Walgreens or call 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733)
        • Mariano's
        • Walmart or call 833-886-0023; Option 1
        • Jewel Osco or call 877-723-3929
        • CVS
        • Chicago Costco Pharmacies or call (773)-360-2052 for Lincoln Park location (2745 N. Clybourn Ave.) or (312) 492-3601 for Chicago IL Medical District location (1430 S. Ashland Ave.)

      (DePaul and the City of Chicago do not endorse any of the listed pharmacies. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer from the city of Chicago here.

    • Through your health care provider. This includes your primary care provider, health clinic or hospital where you received medical care in the past. Please reach out directly to your providers to schedule appointments.

Non-Illinois residents

Check your state's public health agency's website.

Zoom backgrounds

Show how you Take Care, DePaul by getting the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible. Then use these image backgrounds for your Zoom meetings and webinars. Visit to learn how to use custom background images. Click the images below and your selected background will open in a new browser tab. Right click the full-size photo and select “save image as...” to download the file.

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