COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Fordham University is requiring all students who are taking in-person classes, living in University housing, or entering the campus for any reason to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the opening of the fall 2021 semester, and to upload their vaccine records by August 1. Students living in university housing are required to be vaccinated by the start of the second summer session (July 6).
How to submit your vaccine records?
- Have your health care provider complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Record. OR
- Upload your vaccine records to the Student Health portal found in the My Apps tab on my.Fordham.edu
Questions about International vaccines?
While we still await guidance from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regarding the vaccines used outside of the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance in early May, 2021.
- Individuals who received a full series of a vaccine currently authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
- For individuals who were partially vaccinated with a WHO-authorized vaccine or who were vaccinated with a vaccine not authorized for emergency use by the WHO, a full series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with a minimal interval of 28-days post-vaccination with a non-FDA-authorized vaccine.
Fordham will accept a full series of an FDA-authorized OR WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not received one of these upon arrival to campus will need to have a full series of an FDA-authorized administered as soon as medically possible. Please see the FAQ for Students Living Overseas for additional details. If DOH and/or CDC guidance changes, we will update this information.
Vaccines on campus
We plan to continue offering the vaccine on campus to current students through the end of the spring semester and to include incoming students later in the summer. Our plans are to make this available to all students prior to and at the beginning of the fall semester for those who do not have access to the vaccine at home, particularly students who are outside of the United States. Information about Vaccine Sign-up can be found on the COVID-19 Testing and Resources page.
Exemptions from Immunization Requirements
Medical Exemption: If a licensed physician or nurse practitioner certifies in writing that the student has a health condition that is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental.
In the event of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from classes or campus.
Religious Exemption: A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the university, that student or student's parent(s) or guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian if under the age of 18. The university may require supporting documents.
In the event of an outbreak, religiously exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from classes or campus.
To request a medical or religious exemption, please submit the Exemption Form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and we expect to respond within one week of submission.
Updated: July 8, 2021