Columbia Is Taking the College Vaccine Challenge Pledge

June 11, 2021

Columbia University is among the early participants of the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. Launched by the White House and U.S. Department of Education on June 2, the challenge is part of a “National Month of Action” to reach the goal of 70% of adults having at least one vaccine dose by Independence Day.

To date more than 350 schools have joined the initiative, representing a wide diversity of higher education institutions in 46 states nationwide.

Columbia is committed to a fully vaccinated campus by fall 2021. By taking the pledge, we've joined forces with the U.S. Department of Education and colleges and universities across the country to play our part in vaccinating as many Americans as possible.

Our commitment:

  1. Educate our community about the public health benefits of vaccines.
  2. Provide vaccines for our students, faculty, and staff members.
  3. Achieve and maintain full vaccination of our campus community.

Columbia’s Leading Public Health Response to the Pandemic

University leaders, tapping campus public health experts, have worked continuously with local and national officials to contain the spread of COVID-19 through a quick pivot to virtual learning, rigorous testing and contact tracing, and scrupulous public health protocols that are continuously being evaluated as conditions change. These efforts have resulted in low positivity rates on campus throughout the pandemic.

A broad vaccination education and outreach campaign that aims to bring vaccines to every member of the Columbia community is the next step in this effort, enabling the university, along with the rest of the country, to return to normal.

Learn more about our vaccination efforts.