Fordham Forward FAQs for Employees
Am I required to be vaccinated?
All employees teaching and working in-person are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, in anticipation of permanent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of one or more of the currently available vaccines. Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester. Employees may request exemptions on medical and religious grounds here.
Is the vaccine available at Fordham?
Yes. Fordham has been approved to provide the vaccine by the NYC Department of Health to eligible Fordham community members. The University community is notified via email when vaccines are available on campus. During those availabilities, walk-in vaccinations are available, and you may register here at any time by visiting COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources.
The vaccines have been tested extensively and are safe and effective. Here are the Center for Disease Control's key things to know about COVID-19 vaccinations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html.
Am I required to be tested for COVID-19?
Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated students and employees will not be required to be tested for COVID-19. Prior to August 1, testing is required every week for unvaccinated employees and students. After August 1, testing will be required every week (on the 7th day) for students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption. The University will replace routine PCR tests with rapid antigen tests (backed by PCR tests, if necessary).
Is there testing on campus?
We provide on-campus testing for students and employees with results within 24 hours, or as quickly as possible thereafter.
As of May 27, the testing location for Rose Hill will move to the ground floor of O'Hare Hall, opposite the Ram Van. The summer testing schedule for both campuses is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find more information and sign up for testing at the University Health Services page.
You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard.
What do I need to gain access to campus?
All employees entering campus will be required to be on VitalCheck no later than July 15, and must send their proof of vaccination to VitalCheck at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. VitalCheck will display proof of vaccination on your smartphone and serve as the campus access card. Validity of vaccination documents is confirmed via the New York state Department of Health database.
I am traveling from another state or country to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?
Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state Department of Health.
Students living overseas who are not vaccinated before they arrive in the U.S. will be required to notify Fordham in advance so they can be vaccinated upon arrival. Those students will be required to test weekly until they are 2 weeks past their final vaccine dose. Students living overseas can find more detailed information online.
If I am required to quarantine or isolate due to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation, will I have to use my annual sick leave?
Employees will be entitled to up to 14 calendar days (including weekends and holidays, if applicable) of job-protected paid sick leave if they or a minor dependent child are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19. Learn more about Fordham's Temporary Emergency Leave Guidelines.
Will my Fordham-sponsored healthcare plan cover medical expenses associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19?
Yes, you will have the same coverage that is currently available for any emergency or non-emergency illness, subject to the normal deductible, copay, or out-of-pocket amounts associated with your medical plan.