Messages to the Community

Update on Student Vaccinations

A message from Stephanie Browner, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

I hope you are enjoying your summer and looking forward to the start of the new academic year. As I communicated in my June 1 message, the university is moving forward with plans for a full return to in-person teaching and learning in the fall. An important part of our preparations is ensuring all new and continuing students meet the university’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Following are some important details about how to submit proof of vaccination as well as additional guidance for students returning to our New York campus.

COVID-19 Submission Deadline

Research shows that widespread vaccination helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. To that end, all students are required to submit proof of vaccination to the university by August 1, 2021 in order to have access to New School buildings and services for the upcoming academic year.

Below are key dates to help you get vaccinated and begin the semester on time.

  • On or before July 4: First dose of Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Covishield vaccines
  • On or before July 11: First dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Sinovac vaccine
  • By August 1: Second dose of Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer/BioNTech; or single dose of Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccines
  • By August 1: Last day to upload proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption

How to Upload Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record or Exemption Request

All students must submit an electronic copy of their COVID-19 vaccination documentation by August 1. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must also be submitted by August 1.

  • Students who were registered for classes in spring or summer 2021 must submit proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption via the Student Health Services (SHS) portal.
  • All other students, including those requesting medical or religious exemptions, will receive instructions about how to submit their documentation in the coming weeks. 

Proof of vaccination, testing status and daily health screening results will be linked to your New School ID card and allow you to access campus buildings and services in the fall. 

Since a variety of strategies, in addition to vaccination, remain important to preventing the spread of infection, we will continue to require safety measures such as frequent testing, health screening, and wearing a mask. More details about the health and safety protocols for our campus will be shared in our July 15 update.   

International Students and U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

International students and U.S. citizens living abroad who have access to vaccines authorized in their home countries should get vaccinated as quickly as they can. Vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), or any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by The New School. The university will work with those students who are unable to be vaccinated prior to arrival in the United States.

If you need vaccination support, the university will provide you with more information about how to get vaccinated in the U.S. soon. You can also read more on theNew York City Department of Health website and in our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement FAQ

We’re looking forward to a safe return to campus and will provide more information as our planning progresses. We intend to share our full plan for the fall on July 15. In the meantime, for more information about how to submit your vaccination data, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Submission FAQ

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