COVID-19 Vaccine Information

How to Comply

COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose is mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff.

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Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated or boosted at a Columbia-operated location or use the New York Vaccine Finder. Find out which vaccines are accepted.

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Find Out What Documentation Is Accepted

Individuals who are currently working on campus or who expect to return by early spring must submit vaccination and booster documentation.

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Upload Documentation or Apply for Exemption

Be sure to upload your documentation or apply for a medical or religious exemption.

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. 


Vaccine-related Policies and Guidelines

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.

Enhanced University Health and Safety Policy

This policy has been established to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors.

Columbia Community Health Compact

Everyone who returns to campus must sign the health compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.

Vaccination FAQs

These are the most-asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Booster Compliance

Additional information to support compliance with the booster mandate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vaccines have been authorized for use in the United States?

There are currently three vaccines that have either been approved or received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). These include the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. Read more.

Do I have to mask if I'm fully vaccinated?

Consistent with New York State guidance, all Columbia affiliates must continue to wear masks at all times in indoor settings in Columbia facilities and observe current 6 foot distancing as vaccination status is unknown for all individuals. Vaccinated individuals may remove masks and not physically distance only in outdoor settings on Columbia’s campuses. However, individuals may choose to continue to wear masks and observe distancing outdoors on Columbia’s campuses, thus, no assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask outdoors. Read more.

Am I required to get the vaccine as University faculty, staff, or student?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose is mandatory for all University faculty, staff, and students. Religious and medical exemptions to vaccination will be provided in accordance with New York State public health laws. Read more.

What are the University's vaccination recommendations for international affiliates?

We strongly recommend that all individuals, students and employees in international contexts, be vaccinated as soon as possible and receive the full dose series for optimal protection. Vaccines authorized by the FDA or by WHO will be acceptable. Read more.

Vaccine-related Announcements

Vaccination Video