Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters or Additional Doses for Morningside Students

November 11, 2021

Dear Student,

I am writing to provide guidance regarding booster or additional COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Students who received WHO-approved vaccines that are not authorized/approved by the US FDA (i.e., vaccines other than Moderna, Pfizer, J&J)
Students who received a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) fulfill the University vaccine mandate so you are NOT required to take further action. The CDC has not yet provided a recommendation on provision of a booster dose to these individuals. However, if you wish to be revaccinated with a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine, you may now do so at Columbia Health. The minimum interval between receiving the final dose of a non-FDA-approved/authorized vaccine and getting revaccinated with an FDA-approved/authorized vaccine is at least 28 days. Those who completed their vaccine series on or before October 14, 2021 may be eligible.

Students who received US FDA-authorized/approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, J&J)
The US FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. They also provided authorization to receive a booster dose of a vaccine different from the one originally received (mix and match dosing), if the original vaccine formulation received is not readily available.

COVID-19 booster vaccines are recommended for the following students:

  • For students who completed their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago (on or before May 11, 2021), and who are in the following categories:
  • For students who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago (on or before September 11, 2021).

Where to get a booster if you are eligible

While the University does not currently require booster doses, if you have received one, please upload your documentation so we have your most up to date information. Please use only Part Two in the instructions.

You may visit the CDC website for more information about booster shots.

Be well,

Melanie Bernitz
Senior Vice President, Columbia Health        
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (in the Center for Family and Community Medicine)