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Fordham Forward FAQs for Student Vaccination, Testing and Quarantine


Am I required to be vaccinated?

Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester, and it is the University’s strong expectation that all faculty, staff, and administrators likewise be fully vaccinated on or before the beginning of the fall term.

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:


Am I required to be tested for COVID-19?

Effective June 1, 2021, the University will no longer require mandatory monthly COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated faculty, employees, and students. We recommend testing for anyone, including fully vaccinated people, who develops COVID-19 symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Unvaccinated people will be required to continue monthly testing over the summer. Unvaccinated members of the campus community who have not been on campus during the spring semester and who are returning to campus must be tested 7 days prior to their return, 

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 also get a test on your own. Here are links to help you find a local testing site:

New York Testing Sites
New Jersey Testing Sites
Connecticut Testing Sites
National Testing Sites

In addition, laboratories offering testing from home include:

You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard

Quarantine and Isolation

I am traveling from another state or country 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 as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. 

What is the specific period of isolation if I have tested positive? When does it start and end?

Isolation is for 10 days beginning on the date the positive COVID was tested.  

Will I have to quarantine if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive? When does it start and end?

Yes: Fordham requires anyone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for more than 10 minutes in any 24-hour period, with or without face coverings, to be quarantined for 10 days, even if you test negative for COVID-19 during the quarantine period. (Being in the same classroom with a person who tests positive does not automatically require an individual to be quarantined.)

Should I remain on campus or return home to quarantine? 

Students may quarantine on campus or they can quarantine at home, should that be their or their family’s choice. 

Do parents need to test before assisting with any move-ins?

No, parents and family members assisting with any move-ins are not required to be tested before entering campus, but there will be prudent safety and social-distance measures in place for the duration of move-in.