COVID-19 vaccination is required for Fall 2021 students.
See information about Cornell's COVID-19 vaccination requirement below, including:
- How to update your vaccination status (deadline: August 16)
- Consequences of inaction (sanctions begin August 17)
- How to submit an exemption
- See also: information for international students
Options for vaccination
If you schedule a vaccination appointment using any of the methods below, be sure to update your vaccination status with the date of your appointment in Cornell's Daily Check. This step will help you avoid sanctions associated with noncompliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (see below).
Students in Ithaca this summer – and those arriving before our fall COVID vaccine clinics (see below) – are able to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Cornell Health. We are currently offering:
- Johnson & Johnson (single-dose vaccine; limited availability)
- Moderna (1st and 2nd doses available)
- Pfizer (2nd doses only, plus students under 18 with parental permission)
Students are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 BEFORE arriving to campus. (U.S. students: Find a COVID-19 vaccination site. International students: See information for international students.) Fully vaccinated means 14+ days after the final dose of vaccine.
Students who are not able to get vaccinated before coming to campus, or whose vaccination is not recognized by Cornell, are expected to be vaccinated as soon as possible after arrival using one of the methods below.
COVID VACCINATION CLINICS (Ithaca campus)
(See information for Cornell Tech students below)
Cornell Health is partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to offer COVID vaccination (Moderna) at the following on-campus clinics:
- Thursday, August 19, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm – Barton Hall (Central Campus)
- Friday, August 20, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm – Barton Hall (Central Campus)
- Saturday, August 21, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm – Barton Hall (Central Campus)
- Wednesday, August 25, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm – Barton Hall (Central Campus)
The following students should CALL CORNELL HEALTH to schedule a vaccination appointment (607-255-5155) rather than signing up for a clinic timeslot:
- Students who need a 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna
- Students who have already been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved by the FDA or WHO
- Students under the age of 18 (due to required parental consent)
- Students arriving before or after the clinic dates listed above
ALL OTHER STUDENTS may sign up for a clinic timeslot by following these instructions:
- Sign up for a COVID vaccination clinic timeslot here (available to students only)
- Select "Schedule a new appointment"
- Under "Vaccines," select "COVID-19" (Important: you may ONLY schedule COVID-19 vaccination through this tool)
- Enter "08/19/2021" as the start date
- Enter "14853" as the ZIP code
- Select a clinic day / location
- Enter your personal information (be sure to use your Cornell email; if you have an international phone number, enter 555-555-5555)
- Select one appointment date/time and confirm (if you schedule more than one appointment, your appointments may be cancelled)
- REMINDER: update your vaccination status in Cornell's Daily Check with the date of your appointment to avoid sanctions associated with noncompliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (see below)
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, log back in to the scheduling tool and select "Manage existing appointments."
Students may also get vaccinated at any off-campus vaccination location (pharmacy or other vaccination site). Find a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Cornell Tech students may schedule a vaccination appointment with Weill Cornell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the vaccination requirement
COVID-19 vaccination is required for students attending the Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall 2021 semester. Learn more on Cornell's COVID-19 website.
Updating your vaccination status:
Students must upload their vaccine documentation to Cornell's Daily Check, schedule and provide a date for a vaccine appointment, or file a request for a medical or religious exemption by August 16, 2021 to avoid penalties.
Consequences of inaction:
What happens if a student doesn't comply with the requirement by the August 16 deadline?
Students who have not submitted vaccination information, scheduled an appointment for vaccination, or filed a request for an exemption will be subject to progressive enforcement measures:
- If you remain non-compliant as of August 16: A registration hold will be placed on your account on August 17, preventing you from adding and dropping courses until you come into compliance. Ithaca students will also be prevented from accessing the Cornell Store, libraries, fitness centers, and some other campus facilities. Some students may experience delays in receiving stipends.
- If you remain non-compliant as of September 9: Ithaca students will have access to Canvas (the campus gateway to academic materials and assignments) suspended on September 10 until you come into compliance.
- If you remain non-compliant as of September 25: You will be disenrolled from the university on September 26. You will not be allowed to re-enroll until you come into compliance. Please note that there is an administrative fee of $350 to re-enroll.
You can come into compliance in any one of three ways:
- promptly upload your vaccination information through Cornell's Daily Check
- if you are not fully vaccinated and have scheduled a vaccination appointment(s), provide the date(s) of your appointment(s) through Cornell's Daily Check
- submit a request for a medical or religious exemption (see below)
Failure to appear for vaccination appointments or to schedule a vaccination appointment if you are denied a medical or religious exemption will result in your return to non-compliance status and will subject you to the foregoing enforcement penalties.
Exemptions to the requirement:
Immunization requirements are in place to protect the health of the community. As is the case with other required immunizations, two exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine may be pursued: a medical exemption and a religious exemption.
To qualify for an exemption, you should submit the following through our secure patient portal, myCornellHealth (go to Messages > New Message > Send a message or an attachment to Immunization Requirements):
- Medical exemption: A medical exemption must be written by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and state that a valid contraindication to vaccination exists. The exemption must specify which immunizations are contraindicated and why, and how long the medical contraindication will last. If you are uncertain whether you will qualify for a medical exemption, talk with your health care provider.
- Religious exemption: A religious exemption is a written and signed statement from the student that they object to immunization due to their religious beliefs (parent or guardian signature required of students less than 18 years of age). The statement must address all of the following elements:
- Explain in your own words why you are requesting this religious exemption.
- Describe the religious principles that guide your objection to immunization.
- Indicate whether you are opposed to all immunizations, and if not, the religious basis that prohibits particular immunizations.
Prior religious exemption statements addressed to other institutions are not considered valid.