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Student Wellness Center
(CUNYfirst Vaccination Verification Submissions)

Phone: 718-260-5910
Email: WellnessCenter@citytech.cuny.edu

COVID-19 LVA Liaison
(Cleared4 & COVID-19 Exposure)

Phone: 718-260-5914
Email: StudentWellness@citytech.cuny.edu

COVID-19 Student Vaccination Mandate

CUNY has posted the COVID-19 Student Vaccination Mandate Requirements on the university’s website at https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus.

You can find the instructions for submitting your records and answers to frequently asked questions in the following sections:

The university will update the website when additional information becomes available. As a result, I advise you to visit the site frequently to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Requirement

Students will be able to register for classes prior to complying with the COVID-19 Student Vaccination Mandate. However, if you are taking in-person or hybrid classes, or plan to enter a CUNY facility, you must:

  • Complete the initial vaccination series, or
  • Have an approved medical exemption or religious exception, and
  • Have your vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst to attend classes.

The CUNYfirst vaccination verification approval status for students enrolled in hybrid and in-person courses must indicate one of the following prior to the start of classes. Students who do not comply with the mandate will be dropped from courses before classes begin.

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

    Required Status: Approved, Approved-OCR, Pending-14 Approval, or Pending-14-OCR

    Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must complete one of the following initial vaccination series and submit their COVID-19 documentation through the CUNYfirst Vaccination Verification portal prior to the start of classes. Vaccinated students are also required to participate in CUNY's random testing program.

    Initial Vaccination Series Options:

    • One does of the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, or
    • Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, or
    • Two doses of the Moderna vaccine, or
    • The equivalent World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine series.

    Submission Deadlines:

    • Winter 2023: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
    • Spring 2023: Sunday, January 15, 2023

    Late submissions will be accepted. The deadline is in place to ensure the colleges have ample time to process submissions before the start of the semester.

  2. Medical Exemption

    Required Status: Approved

    Students may request an exemption from the requirement that they submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons. Students attending in-person or hybrid classes who are granted a medical exemption are required to participate in CUNY's testing program and must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site to access CUNY buildings and facilities. As a result, students must test weekly to ensure continued campus access.

    • Students requesting an exemption for medical reasons will be required to submit a statement from a doctor or advanced practice nurse explaining the medical reason for this and the period for which the exemption is being requested.
    • Students requesting medical exemptions will also have to submit additional documentation signed by a healthcare provider. The COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form can be downloaded here or in the portal. The completed form must then be uploaded into the CUNYfirst Vaccination Verification portal.
    • Medical exemptions can only be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYfirst. A guide to uploading information into the Vaccination Verification Portal is located here.
    • Medical exemption requests will be evaluated by your campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) Liaison. Medical exemptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are not automatically granted.
    • Decisions regarding medical exemptions are final unless additional information is requested by the Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) Liaison.
    • All questions regarding medical exemptions can be directed to your campus Location Vaccine Authority Liaison.

    Submission Deadlines:

    • Spring 2023: Friday, December 16, 2022

    Late submissions will be considered, but the deadline is in place to ensure that anyone denied will have ample time to complete the initial vaccination series before the start of the semester.

  3. Religious Exception

    Required Status: Approved

    Students may request an exemption from the requirement that they submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for religious reasons. Students attending in-person or hybrid classes who are granted a religious exception are required to participate in CUNY's testing program and must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site to access CUNY buildings and facilities. As a result, students must test weekly to ensure continued campus access.

    • Students requesting an exception for religious reasons will be required to submit a written statement, signed by the student (or signed by a parent or legal guardian if the student is a minor) explaining how immunization conflicts with the student's religious beliefs. Sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance includes any traditionally recognized religion as well as beliefs, observances, or practices, which an individual sincerely holds and which occupy in their life a place of importance parallel to that of traditionally recognized religions.
    • Religious exceptions can only be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYfirst. A guide to uploading information into the Vaccination Verification Portal is located here.
    • Religious exception requests will be evaluated by the CUNY Central Office Religious Exceptions Team. Religious exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are not automatically granted.
    • Decisions regarding religious exceptions are final unless additional information is requested by the Central Office Religious Exceptions Team.
    • All questions regarding religious exceptions can be directed to studentreligiousexemption@cuny.edu.

    Submission Deadlines:

    • Spring 2023: Friday, December 16, 2022

    Late submissions will be considered, but the deadline is in place to ensure that anyone denied will have ample time to complete the initial vaccination series before the start of the semester.