COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Summer/Fall 2023 Classes
With full FDA approval announced on 8/23/21, the below deadlines are your final opportunity to make sure that you #VaxUpCUNY, stay safe and do not put yourself at academic or financial risk.
All students registering for a fully in-person or hybrid class for the 2023 Summer/Fall term, and thereafter, must be fully vaccinated unless they have been granted a religious exception or medical exemption to the vaccine. Although booster shots are not required for course registration at this time, we strongly encourage all students to be up-to-date on their related booster shots. The deadline to receive the booster shot depends on when students become eligible, determined by the date of the last vaccine shot received
Students are encouraged to upload their vaccination documentation to CUNYfirst so their documents can be checked and approved prior to the first day of classes. Students taking in-person or hybrid classes who fail to follow the vaccine mandate per CUNY policy will be subject to potential academic withdrawal that could also impact their financial aid and might not be eligible for refunds for the course.
In general, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are considered having up-to-date vaccination status:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, or
- At the time specified in either the FDA licensure or World Health Organization (WHO) approval, after the final administration of any other vaccines,
Although booster shots are not required at this time, we strongly encourage all students to be up-to-date on their related booster shots. Students become eligible for the booster:
- five months after they receive the second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- two months after they receive the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine
For example, if a student received the second dose of the Pfizer shot on August 27, 2021, they are eligible for the booster shot beginning January 27, 2022, five months after.
When is the deadline to upload proof of getting the booster?
Students will have 30 days after they become eligible to receive the shot and upload proof to CUNYfirst.
As of December 6, 2021, CCNY has discontinued the use of the V-22 sticker and the Excelsior Pass for campus access. This means you will need to know how to access your Cleared4 pass. It is best that you practice this before you come to campus. Please remember that each person has a "personal" link to Cleared4. If you do not know your link or cannot locate it, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to assist you.
Covid-19 Protocol on Face Coverings
In response to revised guidance issued by the CDC last week, we are lifting the temporary mask mandate that has been in place since August 2021 and required all CUNY students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks inside University campuses, office buildings, classrooms and other non-enclosed spaces. This policy change, which takes effect on Monday, March 7, follows recent announcements by Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams that ended mask mandates for pre-K through 12th grade schools across New York State and City.
Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices for people who want them. The CDC is not requiring people to wear a mask in communities that have low or medium COVID-19 levels like New York City’s boroughs, but I urge the small number of faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated, or those who have been or will be granted a medical exemption or religious exception, to wear a mask.
For more information, please visit https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/university-updates/mask-policy-update/
How to Submit Proof of Vaccine or Covid Test
Students taking in-person classes this semester must be vaccinated and submit proof of their vaccination to CUNYfirst. Students may access campus by submitting proof of a negative COVID-19 test that has been administered within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site. However, if you test positive, you cannot access campus. Visit our FAQ for more. If you are fully vaccinated, do not wait to submit proof of your vaccination in CUNYfirst.
READ CUNY's STUDENT VACCINATION POLICY AND FAQS
READ CUNY's STUDENT GUIDE TO VACCINATION AND VERIFICATION
***PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION via CUNYfirst
WATCH: How to Submit Proof of Vaccination in CUNYfirst
***PROVIDE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST that has been administered within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site. The sites and the testing are administered by third-party vendor Cleared4
VIEW: HOW TO SCHEDULE A COVID TEST WITH CLEARED4.
Religious and Medical Exemptions
What are acceptable reasons for requesting an exception or a medical exemption?
Enrolled students may request an exemption from the requirement that they submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons. Students requesting an exemption for medical reasons will be required to submit a statement from a doctor or advanced practice nurse explaining the medical reason for this and the period for which the exemption is being requested. Students requesting an exception for religious reasons will be required to submit a written statement, signed by the student (or signed by a parent or legal guardian if the student is a minor) explaining how immunization conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs. Sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance includes any traditionally recognized religion as well as beliefs, observances, or practices, which an individual sincerely holds and which occupy in their life a place of importance parallel to that of traditionally recognized religions.
How do I apply for a religious exception or a medical exemption?
Medical exemptions and religious exceptions can be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYFirst. Students requesting medical exemptions will also have to submit additional documentation signed by a healthcare provider. The filled form can then be uploaded into the CUNYFirst Vaccination Verification portal. Your request will be evaluated by your campus
The COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request form is available in the portal or following link. The filled form can then be uploaded into the CUNYFirst Vaccination Verification portal. Your request will be evaluated by your campus Location Vaccine Authority Liaison. Medical exemptions and religious exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are not automatically granted.
MMR/Meningitis Vaccine Requirement for Summer/Fall 2023
The MMR/MEN negative service indicator will be reinstated beginning January 3, 2022. For all students taking any in-person or hybrid classes, immunization requirements will be enforced. Students registering for 2023 Summer/Fall classes are required to provide Immunization forms in anticipation of resuming in-person classes in future
Immunization documents for MMR and Meningitis for 2023 Summer and Fall semesters are being accepted through email at email@example.com at this time.
The CCNY Immunization Record form is available at https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/Immunization%20Record.pdf
Additional COVID-19 Resources
COVID Vaccine Information
COVID-19 HEALTH TIPS
Students that may be experiencing symptoms related to the coronavirus are encouraged to contact their medical provider, or contact 311 for further instructions:
For more information, please visit:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New York City Health
Student Health Services Provided
Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to delivering quality care. Clinical services provided by Registered Nurses are free and confidential to all currently enrolled CCNY students. Limited medical services include:
Health and Wellness Services is committed to continue helping students during this time with questions and concerns regarding health issues, health insurance enrollment, immunization requirements, counseling and gender resources, referrals, etc.
For help finding a NYS vaccination site, please visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
If you need to speak to a nurse, please contact us at 212.650.8222, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health and Wellness Office is now open Mondays-Fridays 9am-5pm.
Student Health Services is a part of Health and Wellness Services in the Division of Student Affairs.
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