Annual Flu Vaccination

New for 2020 ...

  1. Sign up for a timeslot at one of our fall flu vaccine clinics.
  2. Don't forget to bring your mask, along with your Cornell ID.
  3. Recommended: To minimize time and contact at the clinic, bring 3 completed copies of your informed consent form.

See details on this page.
 

Fall 2020

Cornell's annual flu vaccine clinics will take place at various campus locations between August 26 and October 24. Please see below for the clinic schedule and details.

* Fall 2020 flu vaccination requirement for Ithaca students *

Per Cornell's COVID-19 Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for all students studying on the Ithaca campus during the Fall 2020 semester. (Exceptions may be made for those who receive a medical, religious, or other exemption.) Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events, and may find this information helpful.

Learn more below about why Cornell is requiring flu vaccination for students, and how to apply for an exemption.

DEADLINE: Students are expected to receive their flu vaccination by October 24.

Flu vaccine clinics 

Cornell Health partners with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide our annual on-campus flu vaccine clinics. 

  • Open to Cornell community members – students, staff, faculty, retirees, and student spouses/partners (at this time, visitors to campus are prohibited from entering campus facilities)
  • Cost:
    • FREE for all students, staff, faculty, & retirees (bring your Cornell ID)
    • FREE for student spouses/partners on SHP
    • Other community members: the cost will depend on your insurance (most plans cover flu vaccination)
  • Available vaccine types: regular dose, high dose, and thimerosal-free flu shots available (learn more about flu vaccine types); FluMist is not currently available 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS DURING COVID-19:

  • We are asking community members to sign up for a timeslot to help us reduce density and facilitate physical distancing in the line.
  • Masks / face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Individuals who are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are in quarantine or isolation should not attend a vaccination clinic. 
  • Staff and faculty coming to campus for the sole reason of attending a flu vaccine clinic do not need to be authorized first to come to campus.

To participate in a vaccine clinic:

  • Sign up for a timeslot during one of the vaccine clinics listed below. You may still have to stand in line, but we are limiting capacity in each timeslot to facilitate physical distancing in the line. 
  • Recommended for 18+: To minimize contact, we recommend filling out your Wegmans Pharmacy's informed consent form in advance – you will need to bring 3 completed and signed copies with you. (You may also complete your form in triplicate at the clinic.)
  • Required for students under 18: Your Wegmans Pharmacy's informed consent form requires a parent / guardian signature. Please bring 3 copies of your completed and signed form when you come to the clinic.
  • Don't forget to bring your Cornell ID!  

Fall 2020 clinic schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 26
    Barton Hall, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
     
  • Thursday, August 27
    Barton Hall, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
     
  • Tuesday, September 1
    Noyes Gym, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
     
  • Thursday, September 10 
    Appel Commons, 3rd floor Multipurpose Room, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
     
  • Friday, September 18
    Bartels Hall, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
     
  • Saturday, September 19
    Bartels Hall, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 
     
  • Tuesday, September 22
    Appel Commons, 3rd floor Multipurpose Room, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
     
  • Thursday, October 1
    Noyes Gym, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    No more timeslots available 
     
  • Saturday, October 17
    Ithaca Wegmans store, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    No more timeslots available 
     
  • Monday, October 19
    Geneva Campus, Barton A134 Conference Room
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    No sign-up required
     
  • Friday, October 23
    Barton Hall, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Sign up for an October 23 timeslot
    Sign-ups close 12 hours before clinic starts
     
  • Saturday, October 24 
    Barton Hall, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sign up for an October 24 timeslot
    Sign-ups close 12 hours before clinic starts

FAQ

What kind of flu vaccinations are offered?

Wegmans Pharmacy offers regular dose, high dose, and thimerosal-free flu shots (learn more about flu vaccine types). FluMist is not currently available. 

Why is Cornell requiring flu vaccination? 

Flu vaccination has always been strongly recommended for Cornell students, due to the highly contagious nature of influenza and the close proximity within which students live and study.

For Fall 2020, Cornell is requiring through its Behavioral Compact flu vaccination for students in Ithaca as a public health strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university's goal is to limit the occurrences and spread of influenza among our campus population so medical services and other support resources can be fully available to serve students who may be exposed to COVID-19.

More information about the importance of flu vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the CDC website.

Can I apply for an exemption to the flu vaccination requirement?

Yes. Students can apply for a medical, religious, or other exemption (see final Q&A on that page). 

What if I've gotten my flu vaccination elsewhere?

If you get – or have already gotten – your flu vaccination elsewhere, any time after August 1, 2020, you will NOT be required to get a second flu vaccination at Cornell. Please provide proof of your vaccination by uploading documentation in our secure patient portal: log in to myCornellHealth and select Medical Clearance > Influenza Vaccine 2020-21.

How can a get a copy of my Cornell flu vaccination record?

Students: A record of your immunization will be available in our secure patient portal, myCornellHealth. Log in using your Cornell NetID and password, and click on "Immunization Record."

Other community members: If you attended one of our flu vaccine clinics, Wegmans makes every effort to share your flu vaccination record with your primary care provider, based on the information you provide at the time of your flu shot. If you need a record of your immunization, please contact Wegmans Pharmacy. Cornell Health does not keep immunization records for non-students.