The following Q&A addresses some of the most common questions that have arisen from the University’s decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for fall 2021 for faculty, employees, and students who will be at NYU’s New York campus and other US sites. The information below is subject to change as further guidance is forthcoming from public health authorities.  

Stick it to COVID

Updated: June 15


Am I required by NYU to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

NYU will require all students—undergraduate, graduate, and professional—to be vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine as a condition of having access to NYU buildings (residential and non-residential) for the 2021–22 academic year. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded by July 19, 2021. This requirement also extends to NYU’s study away locations.

All faculty
(tenured, tenure-track, full-time contract, and adjunct) and employees (administrators and staff) working at NYU’s US campuses and locations are also required to be vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded by August 1, 2021.

Why do I have to get vaccinated?

The driving force behind our vaccination requirement for students is to protect the health and safety of our community—and the NYC community—to the fullest extent possible, and to enable our students to engage in-person and more fully in various aspects of university life than they have since the onset of the pandemic. NYU will continue to make safety the primary consideration in its decision-making, and to rely on the most up-to-date scientific information available to make informed decisions about its operations.

As is the case with all vaccination requirements for students, students may request religious and medical exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Where can I get vaccinated?

NYU strongly urges members of its community to get vaccinated wherever they can. Anyone 12 or over and living, studying or working at NYU’s New York campus is eligible to be vaccinated in New York; see the New York State vaccine hub for a list of vaccine locations in New York. Out of state or international residents should contact their local or state authorities for information. Students outside of the United States should contact their government’s public health authorities for information.

I am an international student.  I am able to get vaccinated, but I won’t be able to complete all required vaccine doses by the July 19th deadline.

It is our expectation that students in the United States will be fully vaccinated and submit their proof of vaccination by July 19, 2021.

If you can be vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine but will not receive the final dose by July 19, upload your proof as soon as you complete all required doses.

I’m an international student.  What happens if I don’t have access to any COVID-19 vaccines prior to arriving on campus?

Residential Students: If you are moving into an NYU residence hall, you will be expected to get your first dose within 24 hours of your move-in and, depending on which vaccine you take, that you get any required follow-up doses as soon as you become eligible.

Students Who Live Off-Campus: If you are able, you should try to arrive early so that you can be fully vaccinated before the start of the semester.  You should get your first dose upon arrival. Depending on which vaccine you take, you must get any required follow-up doses as soon as you become eligible.  You will not be permitted in NYU buildings until you submit proof of your first vaccine dose.

Quarantine Requirements: Students who are not fully vaccinated and spend 24 hours or more in a country with a CDC Level 4 Travel notice in the past 10 days immediately prior to arrival to NYU will be required to:

  • Receive the first vaccine dose, and
  • Get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel, and
  • Quarantine for 10 days after travel if you don’t get tested on day 3-5 after arrival

- OR -

  • Self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (except for testing, vaccination, and other essential medical appointments)

Residential students who need to quarantine should plan to move into residence halls on August 18th or 19th.

Note: until you meet criteria for being fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completing all doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine), you can expect to get regularly tested for COVID-19 through NYU’s on-campus testing program.

I’m an international student.  What happens if I only have access to a vaccine that is not FDA-authorized or WHO-listed?

We recommend all students to immediately seek out and receive COVID-19 vaccines that are government-authorized in your country for the potential benefit of protection against COVID-19.

You will also be required to get re-vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine after you arrive at NYU.

Please note, the minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.  If possible you should plan to complete all doses of a non-authorized vaccine at least 28 days in advance of your arrival to NYU so that you can get revaccinated right away.

If your final dose is within 28 days of your arrival to NYU, please follow these instructions to let us know of your status (you will not be able to submit your documentation through the regular vaccine upload portal).  You will be granted a temporary exemption until it is safe for you to get an NYU-accepted vaccine.  You must get revaccinated between 29-34 days after your last dose.  Depending on which FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine you take, you must get any required follow-up doses as soon as you become eligible.

Quarantine Requirements: Students who are not fully vaccinated and spend 24 hours or more in a country with a CDC Level 4 Travel notice in the past 10 days immediately prior to arrival to NYU will be required to:

  • Receive the first vaccine dose, and
  • Get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel, and
  • Quarantine for 10 days after travel if you don’t get tested on day 3-5 after arrival

- OR -

  • Self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (except for testing, vaccination, and other essential medical appointments)

Residential students who need to quarantine should plan to move into residence halls on August 18th or 19th.

How can I show proof of vaccination?

NYU has created a process to enable students, faculty, and employees to upload proof of completed vaccination using the Student Health Center's (SHC) Portal. Learn more about the six-step process.

Will I be able to register for classes for Fall 2021 without having been vaccinated yet?

Yes, you will be able to register for classes prior to vaccination.

Will there be a full-remote/virtual option for students who are enrolled in the fall but aren't vaccinated?

At NYU’s New York City campus, teaching modality in Fall 2021 will primarily be in-person instruction.  A fully-remote virtual option will only be available for those enrolled in our degree-granting online programs. In addition, we will be exploring how to meet the academic needs of students unable to come to campus because of visa issues or travel restrictions. We also plan on offering the vast majority of courses from our global sites in blended format, allowing for both in-person and remote participation.

How will vaccination data be used?

Vaccination data will be used to prevent and respond to the presence of COVID-19 on campus and to comply with federal, local and University public health guidelines. The information will be maintained in accordance with all applicable laws and public health regulations.

Will I have to pay to be vaccinated?

No, not if you receive your vaccination in the United States. The US federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.  

If I am an employee and my vaccine appointment is during work hours, will I get paid?

Yes. The University provides all employees with four hours of paid leave time per vaccination appointment.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to show proof of vaccination for in-person attendance?

Yes.

If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, can I still receive the vaccine?

Yes, as long as you have been released from isolation, are no longer symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated. You do not have to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis. As long as you are not actively sick, you are able to get the vaccine.

Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?


Information on faculty, staff, and administrator exemptions will be forthcoming.

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.

Medical exemptions:

  • May be granted if a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife (caring for a pregnant student) certifies in writing that such vaccination may be detrimental to the student’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.
  • Should 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 up to the point when the condition supporting an exemption is expected to resolve or expire; if related to a permanent condition, will be granted for no more than one calendar year.
  • Must be resubmitted annually.

Religious exemptions:

  • 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 describe 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.
  • Must be submitted for renewal on an annual basis.

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, including ongoing testing requirements, 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.

To Request a Medical or Religious Exemption:

Students

  1. Log in to the SHC Portal with your Net ID, password, and University ID number (N number)
  2. Select Downloadable Forms from the menu
  3. Select the appropriate form
  4. Download and print the form
  5. Once your form is complete follow steps 1-3 and upload the waiver and exemption form

Faculty & Employees

  1. The University will follow up with the community with specifics on how faculty, staff, and administrators may request an exemption. Further guidance will be available at www.nyu.edu/eo shortly.