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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Students Living Overseas - FAQ

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. (FDA is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Based on that guidance, Fordham currently plans to 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. If DOH and/or CDC guidance changes, we will update this information.

FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines:

The FDA has listed the following COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)

  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine

  • Moderna COVID-10 vaccine

WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccines:

As of June 1, 2021, WHO has listed the following COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)

  • AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria)

  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine

  • Moderna COVID-10 vaccine

  • Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

  • Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

Should I get vaccinated before coming to the United States?

Students who are living outside of the US should be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized OR WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine if available.  See above for the list of vaccines authorized by the CDC and WHO.

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Can I wait and get vaccinated after arriving in the United States?

If you are able to get fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized OR WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to coming to the US, please do so.  If that is not possible:

  • you must email health@fordham.edu to notify us of your inability or delay in complying with the vaccine requirement AND

  • you must get an FDA-authorized vaccine on campus (Sign up using this link) within 48 hours of your arrival in the US OR 

  • you can get an FDA-authorized vaccine off campus and upload the records from an off campus vaccine within 48 hours of your arrival in the US. 

If you are not fully vaccinated by the first day you need to enter campus (i.e. to move into University Housing, attend Global Transition, attend New Student Orientation, or attend class):

  • you MUST also upload negative test results from a FDA or WHO EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test (NOT an antigen or antibody test - rapid tests cannot be accepted for pre-arrival testing) within the 7-day period before coming to campus or entering any Fordham property. You are welcome to come to campus for testing. You can find the sign up link on this COVID-19 Info Center webpage; AND 

  • submit weekly test results until you are fully vaccinated AND

  • comply with additional guidelines related to social distancing and wearing of facial coverings, which will be shared with you closer to your arrival.

  • You will also be required to comply with NYS DOH guidelines for quarantine if exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19

What if I already received the full dose of a vaccine not authorized by the FDA or WHO?

Students 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.  Please email health@fordham.edu to notify us of your alternate vaccine.

If I am not fully vaccinated upon arrival in the United States, can I move into University Housing or enter campus for other reasons (including Global Transition, New Student Orientation or the first day of classes)?

If you were unable to obtain a full vaccination series of an FDA-authorized OR WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to arrival in the US, you will be allowed to enter campus following the guidelines listed above as long as you are in the process of completing the vaccine series and following the information outlined above.

I am traveling from outside of the US to return to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?

According to New York State guidelines, asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine. International travelers must comply with CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.

New York State further advises:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.

  • All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.

These quarantine recommendations are not required by Fordham, and students who wish to self-quarantine must make their own arrangements to do so off campus.

What if I cannot access Google Forms?

Students who are not able to access the google form, should email health@fordham.edu with the subject line: “Living Overseas Vaccine Question” and include your full legal name and Fordham ID number in the body of the email along with your question, and we will reply to you to request the information via email.

Updated: September 14, 2021

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