FAQ: Vaccines, Vaccination Policies, and Campus Reactivation

(Last updated on September 7, 2021)

What is the vaccine policy for students?
CUNY policy states that all students registering for a fully in-person or hybrid class for the 2021 tall term must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes unless they have been granted an exception or a medical exemption. Further, any student accessing campus for any reason will need to be vaccinated and verified in CUNYfirst. Detailed vaccination guidelines and the timelines needed to be fully vaccinated can be found on the Student Vaccination Policy Frequently Asked Questions.

How can I upload or submit my vaccination documentation?

Students can provide verification of a COVID-19 vaccination by submitting evidence of vaccination through the CUNYfirst portal. A user guide on how to upload proof of vaccination can be found here.

What is the deadline for uploading or submitting my vaccination documentation?

In-person students need to share their proof of being fully vaccinated no later than September 14.
Where can students find a medical or religious exemption form?

Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be submitted to the Campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA). Students may contact one of the CUNY Graduate Center Campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) Liaisons with any questions about vaccinations by email. The LVA Liaisons are Cheri Daniels, administrative coordinator in the Wellness Center, cdaniels@gc.cuny.edu; and Eric Brown, student activities coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs, ebrown2@gc.cuny.edu.
What spaces in the Graduate Center will students who do not have in-person classes be able to access?
Students will be able to access department and administrative offices, the library, computer labs and student lounges if they are not attending in-person classes with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result that has been taken within seven days of their visit to campus. 
Where can I find more information about CUNY’s vaccine requirements for students?
CUNY’s Student Vaccination Policy Frequently Asked Questions page is the source for current information on the student vaccination policy.
For international students: Will vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) meet the vaccination policy so that they can attend in-person classes at the Graduate Center in fall 2021?
To attend in-person classes, proof of vaccination is required two weeks prior to coming to campus. If your vaccine is approved by the WHO and you are considered fully vaccinated as specified in the WHO approval, you are fully vaccinated according to the CUNY policy.
Please see this document for a list of vaccines approved by the WHO as of July 15, 2021.
What documents do I need to furnish to get vaccinated?
In New York State, you do not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID is only required for proof of age. Detailed information can be found on this website.
Where can I get vaccinated?
Vaccines administered by as part of the CDC’s national vaccination program are administered free of charge.
You can use the NYC vaccine finder (https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/) or the #VAXUpCUNY website to find a convenient vaccination site.
What is the quarantine policy after travel?
While all non-essential university-related international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect. As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms. However, when planning international travel, students, employees and visitors should anticipate a 10-day period upon return when they will be subject to CUNY’s “building quarantine.” Individuals should plan international travel to ensure that if they have class, work, or meetings scheduled during the 10 days after travel, that they can participate in these activities remotely, including authorization from their supervisor or instructor, as applicable.

A negative COVID test result is still needed to enter the U.S. Please make sure to bring with you proof of the negative test and vaccination if applicable. Please review any travel guidance for your specific country of residence and continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.

See this page for more details: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/News/All-News/Detail?id=55318
Do I need to be vaccinated to come to work at or visit a CUNY campus?

Starting August 16, 2021, faculty and staff entering a CUNY facility will need to be fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond the last vaccination shot) or have a negative COVID-19 test result from within the past seven days.

Guidance regarding vaccination and testing verification for visitors and guests coming to campus will be announced shortly.  

How do CUNY employees show proof of vaccination?
All employees can upload their vaccine information by signing in to CUNYfirst and clicking on the Vaccine Verification link. To complete your vaccination information, you will need the date of your second shot for Pfizer and Moderna or the date of your single shot for Johnson & Johnson; a scan or photograph of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (or an equivalent document if you received your vaccination outside the U.S.), and, if you have the NY State Excelsior Pass  app, a scan or photograph of your pass on your mobile device.
The deadlines for uploading vaccine verification are 10 days before the first week you are due back. For instance, if you are starting the week of August 16, the deadline is August 6. These voluntary submissions will facilitate your access to a campus or office in August and throughout the fall semester. 
If you are not fully vaccinated or do not wish to disclose your status, you will be able to opt out of testing if you have an approved request for a fully remote accommodation. Approved or pending requests need to be indicated on the Vaccine Information Page in CUNYfirst and will be verified by campus Human Resources offices after they are submitted. 
For a visual guide to submitting information to CUNYfirst, please visit this website. For general information on getting back to working in person, please refer to this FAQ.  
All CUNY employees — vaccinated, unvaccinated or undisclosed — are required to follow the University’s Guidelines for CUNY Fall 2021 Reopening Where Not Everyone is Fully Vaccinated.