COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

COVID boosters

See information about staying up to date on your COVID -19 vaccine boosters. (Boosters, while not required, are strongly recommended.)

    Cornell's vaccination requirement for the 2022-23 academic year

    For the 2022-23 academic year, Cornell will continue to require that all students attending classes on the Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses or participating in any other Ithaca-based program be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a university-approved medical or religious exemption. (See details on Cornell's COVID-19 website.)

    “Fully vaccinated” currently means that a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. The complete list of vaccine formulations accepted by Cornell is below. Boosters, while not required, are strongly recommended.

    All new students must submit proof of vaccination, or request a medical or religious exemption, no later than June 15, 2022 (July 31, 2022 for transfer students):

    Accepted COVID vaccines:

    New York State and Cornell both accept COVID vaccines authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which currently include:

    • AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria)
    • Covaxin
    • Convidecia (CanSinoBIO)
    • Covovax
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
    • Moderna 
    • Novavax
    • Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran) can also be noted as BNT1626
    • Sinopharm (Vero Cell)
    • Sinovac (CoronaVac, Vero Cell)

    What to do if you can't get vaccinated before coming to Cornell:

    Students who are unable to get their COVID vaccination because they lack access to accepted immunizations must contact Cornell Health’s Requirements Office before June 15 (July 31 for transfer students) to consult with staff and make a plan for meeting their health requirements as soon as they get to campus.

    Please refer to your New Student Health Requirements instructions for details.