Flu Vaccine Requirement for 2020-21 Academic Year

July 28, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In light of the continuing pandemic and the coming flu season the University has elected to make flu vaccines mandatory for students in the 2020-2021 academic year. Below please find initial information to help implement this critical public health requirement.

Residential Students

Undergraduate students are required to receive the vaccine. Shortly after the start of the fall term Columbia Health will be providing no-cost flu vaccines*. More details on this process are forthcoming.

Graduate students living in Columbia buildings are required to receive the vaccine. Shortly after the start of the fall term Columbia Health (Morningside) and the Student Health Service (CUIMC) will be providing no-cost flu vaccines* to eligible students. Continuing graduate students will be included as well as new students. More details on this process are forthcoming. For students enrolled in clinical programs at CUIMC, there is no change to the flu vaccine requirement.

Non-Residential Students

Students not living in Columbia buildings but coming to campus are required to receive the flu vaccine no later than October 30, 2020 or within 3 business days of arrival if on or after November 1. 2020. We will be offering carefully planned opportunities to facilitate vaccination* while also ensuring proper physical distancing and other critical public health measures. More details on this process are forthcoming. For students enrolled in clinical programs at CUIMC, there is no change to the flu vaccine requirement.

*Vaccines are at no cost when provided by Columbia Health (Morningside) or Student Health Service (CUIMC). Columbia will not reimburse students that receive vaccines elsewhere.

Enforcement

In line with the existing University immunization compliance processes students that fail to comply with the requirement are subject to deregistration from courses, removal of ability to access campus buildings and facilities, and loss of housing in Columbia buildings.

Medical & Religious Exemptions

Students with existing medical and religious immunization exemptions will not need to take any further actions. New requests must be received at least 14 calendar days before the student will arrive on campus. All exemptions are considered, but approval is not guaranteed.

More details, including access points for vaccination and options for faculty/staff flu vaccines (Morningside) will be shared at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you and we appreciate your support of this critical effort to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Be well, 
Columbia Health
CUIMC Student Health Service