COVID-19 Vaccination

Cornell's COVID-19 website

  • Refer to Cornell’s COVID-19 website as the main source for campus-wide updates and information. 
  • Contact the university's COVID-19 Support Center for questions related to the Daily Check, surveillance & supplemental testing, and university policies.  

    Vaccination / booster appointments 

    Cornell Health is currently providing Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations and boosters for students (no charge). Please call us at 607-255-5155 to schedule an appointment.

    Booster eligibility

    COVID vaccine boosters, while not required, are strongly recommended.

    • If you received the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible to receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster. For current recommendations, see the CDC's guidelines for booster eligibility.
    • If you received an international WHO-approved vaccine (AstraZeneca-Oxford, Covaxin, Sinopharm, Sinovac) you are also eligible to receive the Moderna or Pfizer booster. Refer to the "If You Were Vaccinated Outside of the United States" section of the CDC's guidelines for booster eligibility.
    • If you recently were diagnosed with COVID-19, CDC guidelines states that you can get a booster if your symptoms have resolved, you’ve isolated for the recommended period of time, and it has been 3 months (90 days) since you received monoclonal antibodies (if applicable).

    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.