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.
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 vaccination will be mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus in the fall.
This policy has been established to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors.
Everyone who returns to campus must sign the health compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.
These are the most-asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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 Care, Columbia Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, and Columbia Pediatrician sites.
*For CUIMC students only
Everyone over the age of 12 is required to show proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor activities such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms—including some on Columbia's campuses. Look for the signs!
Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response, nearly 99 percent of faculty and staff with campus access are in full compliance with the vaccination mandate, as are 93 percent of students.
Even with a near-fully vaccinated campus, the risks presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the dominant, more transmissible, Delta variant compel us to maintain an abundance of caution.
This one-hour session included up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the fall 2021 term.
This forum focused on classroom instruction and campus readiness, features Julie Kornfeld, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, and Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean, School of General Studies
This Return to Campus forum focused on classroom instruction and campus readiness.