COVID-19 Vaccine Information

How to Comply

COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff who will be present on campus this fall. By August 2, you must provide vaccine documentation or apply for a religious or medical exemption.

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Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated 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 September must submit vaccination documentation by August 2.

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Upload Documentation or Apply for Exemption

Be sure to upload your documentation or apply for a medical or religious exemption by August 2.


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. 


 

What to Do If You Failed to Meet the Vaccination Mandate Deadline

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 in the fall.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are currently three vaccines that have 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?

COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all University faculty, staff, and students. Full vaccination is to be completed as soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2021. 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.

Columbia-operated Vaccine Locations


How to Schedule an Appointment

For the Lerner Hall location, use the Columbia University Health Portal. For the Haven Avenue location, use the CUIMC Student Health on Haven portal. For the 51 W. 51st St. location, visit vaccinetogetherny.org, or if you use ColumbiaDoctors providers, log in to your Connect account. For all other locations, the COVID-19 vaccine is available during a scheduled provider visit. For information about scheduling an appointment with a Columbia Primary Care provider, visit the Columbia Primary CareColumbia Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, and Columbia Pediatrician sites.

*For CUIMC students only

Vaccine-related Announcements

Vaccination Video