COVID-19 Vaccine and Boosters
All members of the NYU community—students, faculty, employees, visitors, vendors, and affiliates—must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted, once eligible and by NYU’s specific deadline.
In setting our vaccination requirement, NYU is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community and ensuring the University is in compliance with governmental requirements.
The information below is subject to change in accordance with changes in law and regulations, public health guidance, and the evolving nature of the pandemic.
- Upload Proof of Vaccination
- Compliance Status
- Exemption Requests
- Where to Get Vaccinated
- Consequences for Non-Compliance
Updated: October 25
Related COVID-19 Vaccine Page
All NYU students—in the United States and at all NYU Study Away sites—are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted (once eligible and by NYU’s deadline), unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. This includes students in undergraduate, graduate, professional, non-credit, and non-degree programs.
NYU also requires that all students upload proof of all vaccinations and have that proof verified by NYU.
The only exception to NYU’s student vaccination requirement is for those enrolled in only online courses who engage in no in-person University-sponsored activities. Students taking only online courses are required to be vaccinated, and to submit proof of their vaccination, if they will access any NYU buildings or participate in any in-person University-sponsored activities, whether on- or off-campus, such as internships, practicums, field placements, immersion experiences, field trips, and events.
Students, missed the deadline?
Students who haven’t uploaded proof of vaccination and had their proof verified and accepted won’t be able to access NYU buildings.
Take action now to avoid this and other future consequences, up to and including de-enrollment.
Promptly get vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination.
Upload proof of partial vaccination if you’ve gotten the first of a two-dose vaccine and are scheduled for your second dose.
If you can’t access an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine, review the guidance to carry on with classes and avoid de-enrollment.
If you have a valid reason for exemption, start the exemption process promptly.
NYU requires all employees—faculty, administrators, and staff—to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted (once eligible and by NYU’s deadline), unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. This applies to all employees working in the U.S., including those approved to work remotely.
NYU employees must upload proof of their vaccinations and have that proof verified by NYU before entering NYU buildings or attending NYU-sponsored events.
Though all affiliates, vendors, and visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted (once eligible and by NYU’s deadline), they are not required to upload proof of vaccination. All visitors, vendors, and affiliates should be prepared to show appropriate proof of vaccination or, if exempted, proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. For full information and other access requirements, review the Visitors, Vendors, and Affiliates page.
Students, employees, and faculty—uploading your proof of vaccination and booster is important and doesn’t take long, so please do it promptly.
- Log in to the SHC Portal with your Net ID, password, and University ID number (8-digit N number). Your University ID number is on the back of your NYU ID card.
- Select "Medical Clearances" in the menu
- Find the row for "COVID-19 Vaccine"
- Upload a photo or scanned copy of the front of your vaccine card
- Manually enter the dates and type of vaccine you received
- You're done!
Guidance citing “fully vaccinated” individuals means anyone who:
- has completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine, meaning they received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine;
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- for whom 14 days have passed since their final dose.
NYU requires at least one booster in addition to the primary series of vaccinations. The deadline for receiving your booster shot depends on which vaccine you received for your primary series.
- Individuals who received a one-dose primary series (i.e. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) two or more months prior are required to receive a booster.
- For individuals five years of age or older who received a two or three dose primary series (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna), their eligibility for a booster is based on age. Please review the CDC criteria to determine when they become eligible for the booster.
- Individuals whose second vaccine dose was five or more months prior are required to receive a booster.
- Individuals five years of age or older who received a three-dose pediatric primary series and whose third vaccine dose was 5 or more months prior are required to receive a booster.
Please note that students and employees of the College of Dentistry who require access to the College's clinical facilities are subject to different exemption standards in accordance with regulations for healthcare facilities issued by the New York State Department of Health.
Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Review of exemption requests will take approximately ten business days so please submit your request with adequate time for review. Students who already have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement do not need to submit an additional request for the COVID-19 booster.
- Medical exemptions may be granted if a physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner (NP, FNP), or physician assistant (PA, PA-C), with a valid and active license in the United States, certifies in writing that such vaccination may be detrimental to the student’s health or is otherwise medically contraindicated. International students may have the form completed and signed by a physician licensed in their country of residence.
- Must include a statement indicating the particular vaccine that is detrimental to the student’s health or otherwise medically contraindicated, including a detailed explanation of the valid medical basis for such determination, and the length of time for which it may be detrimental.
- Must be based on the most recent guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- Must be submitted separately for each vaccine from which they request a medical exemption.
- Will be granted on a temporary basis when the condition supporting an exemption is expected to resolve or expire. The certifying medical provider must set an expected end date to temporary exemptions or the exemption will expire at the end of the current semester.
- Are subject to review by physicians at the NYU Student Health Center who may further consult with and consider information from the CDC, ACIP, and/or may request additional information from the student’s provider.
- May be granted if a student, or a minor student’s parent or guardian, certifies in writing that they hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization.
- Must submit a personal statement in their own words that describes with specificity the religious principles that guide the objection to immunization.
- Will not be granted when opposition to the immunization is medical, scientific, political, philosophical, ethical, or otherwise secular rather than religious in nature.
- May require additional supporting documentation.
- Requests from students of the College of Dentistry will be reviewed in accordance with the relevant regulations of the NYS Department of Health, which limit the extent to which NYU may allow for religious exemptions to vaccination for students who engage in activities at covered healthcare facilities.
All medical and religious exemption requests should be submitted on the exemption request forms provided by NYU and accompanied by a waiver form signed by the student, or a minor student’s parent or guardian. The forms can be accessed by following the process below. Exemption requests will not be reviewed if incomplete documentation is submitted. Complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are valid.
Students will be notified by University email whether or not their exemption request was approved. All decisions of the University are final and are not subject to appeal. If an exemption is granted, the student may be required to comply with additional safety protocols, and/or temporarily excluded from certain facilities or activities in order to protect the health and safety of the student and the community in accordance with public health guidelines and University policies. Previously granted exemptions are subject to further review at any time based on changes to vaccine availability, public health developments and guidelines, and other factors within NYU’s discretion.
While NYU's vaccination requirement applies to all NYU buildings, facilities, and participation in any in-person University-sponsored activities, whether on- or off-campus, please note that approved exemptions under NYU's policies and processes may be limited to NYU facilities. Students participating in activities off-campus, including those sponsored by the University or related to academic programming, may be subject to different exemption protocols, processes, and decisions made by third-party facilities and entities that are outside of NYU's control. In such an event, the more stringent protocol will typically apply.
Students: To Request a Medical or Religious Exemption
- Log in to the SHC Portal with your Net ID, password, and University ID number (N number)
- Select Downloadable Forms from the menu
- Select the appropriate form
- Download and print the form
- Once your form is complete follow steps 1-3 and upload the waiver and exemption form
Faculty and employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exemption requests will be reviewed in a timely manner. Please submit your request with adequate time for review. Faculty and employees who already have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement do not need to submit an additional request for the COVID-19 booster.
- May be granted if a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant certifies in writing that such vaccination may be detrimental to the individual’s health or is otherwise medically contraindicated.
- Must include a statement indicating which vaccine may be detrimental, including a detailed explanation of the valid medical basis for such determination, and the length of time for which it may be detrimental.
- Must be in accordance with generally accepted medical standards, such as the most recent guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- Will be granted on a temporary basis up to the point when the condition supporting an exemption is expected to resolve or expire; if related to a permanent condition, continuous exemption will be issued accordingly.
- May be granted if a faculty member or employee attests to sincerely held religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization.
- Must describe with specificity the religious principles that guide the objection to immunization. If the requestor is not opposed to all immunizations, they must indicate the religious basis that prohibits COVID-19 immunizations.
- Social, political, or economic philosophies, or personal preferences with respect to immunization do not justify an exemption.
- May require additional supporting information where there is an objective basis for questioning the religious nature or the sincerity of a particular belief, practice, or observance.
All medical and religious exemption requests should be submitted with the exemption request form provided by NYU. The form can be accessed by following the process below. The Office of Equal Opportunity will notify a requestor if their submission is incomplete or insufficient. Complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are valid.
Faculty and employees will be notified by University email whether or not their exemption request was approved. If an exemption is granted, faculty and other employees may be required to comply with additional safety protocols and access requirements in accordance with applicable law, public health guidelines and University policies.
Faculty and Employees: To Request a Medical or Religious Exemption
- Faculty and employees must complete this entire form in order to submit your request for review.
Visitors, vendors, and affiliates who have been approved to come to campus may claim an exemption from the vaccination requirement for a limited number of reasons, and must be prepared to present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon request. Review the Visitors, Vendors, and Affiliates pages for specific instructions.
Students: Failure to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will result in being prevented from entering NYU buildings and other significant consequences, up to and including de-enrollment. Consequences of de-enrollment include: being dropped from and unable to attend classes; if you live on campus, being required to vacate your residence hall; and having your identification card deactivated. De-enrollment may also carry financial consequences in accordance with NYU’s Refund Schedule.
Review the guidance specifically for international students who do not have access to COVID-19 vaccines prior to arriving on campus.
NYU faculty, administrators, and staff: Failure to comply with the vaccination requirement will result in being prohibited from being on campus and being placed on unpaid leave. For more information, please contact your Human Resources Officer.
Visitors, vendors, and affiliates: Visitors, vendors, and affiliates who are not in compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirements will be denied access to NYU buildings and NYU sponsored events, whether on or off campus. Review the Visitors, Vendors, and Affiliates page for specific requirements.
All NYU students who are eligible under state guidelines can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot on-campus, but you are not required to get your vaccine at NYU. We encourage everyone in the NYU community to seek a vaccine where available, as Student Health Center supplies are limited. Faculty and employees should seek vaccination off-campus.
Paid Time Off for Vaccination
NYU provides four hours of paid leave per appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees experiencing temporary side effects from vaccination may also take up to one day off without depleting their sick leave balance (use Excused Absence code). More on COVID-19 time and leave considerations.
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