New York City Vaccination Requirements

To #KeepTheCompact when you're off campus, learn about New York City's vaccination requirement for indoor activities.

Important Update:

The Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order, the “Key to NYC" program, requires the university to post this sign or a similar one in a conspicuous place that is viewable by prospective patrons prior to entering certain indoor entertainment, recreation, food services, gym, and fitness premises where vaccines are now required. The sign alerts patrons to the vaccination requirement and informs them that employees and patrons are required to be vaccinated. Columbia affiliates should be advised that a green pass does not meet the "Key to NYC" requirements and individuals with approved religious or medical exemptions can not access these specific facilities. 


Starting August 17, everyone over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor activities such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms.

This new requirement—called the Key to NYC—requires proof of vaccination with at least one dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine to enter a variety of indoor spaces, including:

  • Bars
  • Fitness gyms
  • Movie and stage theaters
  • Museums and galleries
  • Nightclubs
  • Restaurants


Important Details

  • Staff at these locations are also required to be vaccinated.
  • You'll need to show a photo ID that matches your vaccine record.
  • Children under 12 will not need to show proof.
  • Enforcement begins September 13.


How to Show Proof of Vaccination

There are a few acceptable ways to show proof of vaccination:

Official vaccination records from outside the United States must include your first and last names, date of birth, vaccine product, dates administered, and administration site.

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology and medicine as well as ICAP director at Columbia University, shows how to ride the New York City subway safely during the coronavirus pandemic.