COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

What You Need to Know About Vaccination and Booster Requirements

After considerable research and consultation with public health experts, Keuka College is requiring all students, faculty, and staff who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to obtain booster vaccinations for the Spring 2022 semester.

What Students Need to Know

  • Eligibility for boosters begins two months after the Janssen J&J vaccination and five months after completion of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series. Consult your healthcare provider for recommendations on which booster is best for you.
  • Students must obtain a booster within 30 days of their eligibility, or prior to returning to campus if their eligibility date has passed.
  • Students must then provide documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination booster to the portal using the link below.
  • Questions about eligibility for exemptions should be directed to the Health Center.

What Employees Need to Know

  • Eligibility for boosters begins two months after the Janssen J&J vaccination and five months after completion of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series. Consult your healthcare provider for recommendations on which booster is best for you.
  • Employees must obtain a booster within 30 days of their eligibility, or within two weeks after returning to campus if their eligibility date has passed.
  • Employees must then provide documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination booster to the portal using the link below.
  • Questions about eligibility for exemptions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

All students, faculty, and staff who received a medical or religious exemption from the College for the COVID-19 vaccination are exempt from the booster requirement. These individuals will be required to wear a face mask at all times on campus except when alone in their offices, and undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.

Keuka College’s decision is aligned with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC guidelines regarding booster vaccinations can be found on the CDC website.

How to Submit Proof of Booster Vaccination

Proof of the J&J/Janssen, Moderna, or Pfizer boosters must be provided by all students, faculty, and staff within the timeframes outlined above. If you have questions about submitting proof of your competed booster vaccination, please contact [email protected] (students) or [email protected] (faculty and staff) immediately.

Valid Documentation

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must then provide documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination booster.

Proof of vaccination should have been uploaded to the Vaccination Portal within 30 days of an individual's eligibility. Acceptable proof includes:

  • Written certification of the booster, such as a CDC vaccination card.
  • Medical documentation showing the date and type of booster administered.
  • Do not include any medical or genetic information with your proof of vaccination.

Upload Vaccination Documents Here

Frequently Asked Questions

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19.

Getting sick with COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called “natural immunity.” The level of protection people get from having COVID-19 may vary depending on how mild or severe their illness was, the time since their infection, and their age. No currently available test can reliably determine if a person is protected from infection.

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19.

Emerging evidence shows that getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection to your immune system. One study showed that, for people who already had COVID-19, those who do not get vaccinated after their recovery are more than 2 times as likely to get COVID-19 again than those who get fully vaccinated after their recovery.

People who were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or people who have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C) may need to wait a while after recovering before they can get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series

The number of vaccine doses you need depends on which vaccine you receive.

  • Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
  • Two doses of Moderna vaccine should be given 4 weeks (28 days) apart.
  • Only one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine should be given.

If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable for your COVID-19 vaccine primary series. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for your first shot, you should get the same product for your second shot.

Additional Primary Dose If You Are Immunocompromised

If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12 and older) or Moderna (ages 18 and older) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and have a moderately or severely compromised immune system, you should receive an additional primary dose of the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose.

Additional primary doses are not interchangeable. The vaccine used for the additional primary dose should be the same as the vaccine used for the primary vaccine series. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.

Currently, CDC does not recommend an additional primary dose if you received a single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or in children less than 12 years old with moderate or severely compromised immune systems.

Booster Shot

Everyone ages 16 years and older can get a booster shot after they have completed their COVID-19 vaccine primary series. People ages 16 to 17 years old can get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot.

People ages 18 years and older have the option to either get the same COVID-19 vaccine product as their primary series, or to get a different COVID-19 vaccine. People may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, or they may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen) for people ages 18 years and older. You may consider the benefits and risks of each product and discuss with your healthcare provider which COVID-19 vaccine product is the most appropriate booster for you.

Currently, a booster shot is not recommended for children younger than 16 years old.

We don’t know yet how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts. Recent studies show that protection against the virus may decrease over time. This reduction in protection has led CDC to recommend that everyone ages 18 years and older get a booster shot after completing their primary vaccination series.

People who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series should get a booster shot at least 6 months after completing the primary series. People who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot at least 2 months after getting their first shot.

At this time, CDC recommends getting only one COVID-19 booster shot. CDC continues to review evidence and will update guidance as more information is available.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

If you need a new vaccination card, contact the vaccination provider site where you received your vaccine. Your provider should give you a new card with up-to-date information about the vaccinations you have received.

If the location where you received your COVID-19 vaccine is no longer operating, contact your state or local health department’s immunization information system (IIS) for assistance.

CDC does not maintain vaccination records or determine how vaccination records are used, and CDC does not provide the CDC-labeled, white COVID-19 vaccination record card to people. These cards are distributed to vaccination providers by state and local health departments. Please contact your state or local health department if you have additional questions about vaccination cards or vaccination records.

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about the timing of other vaccines.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rigorous scientific standards. Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the FDA. Click here to see evidence for each COVID-19 vaccine and the reasoning behind the FDA’s emergency use authorizations.

Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here:

Depending on the nature of your questions/concern(s), Keuka College’s Office of Health and Counseling Services can help to arrange a conversation with a health provider. You are also encouraged to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines with your own medical provider(s).

If you would like to have a confidential individualized session to learn more, please contact Health and Counseling at (315) 279-5368.


The deadline for the Fall 2021 semester has passed but for future exemption requests, please email [email protected] to request an exemption form.


The deadline for the Fall 2021 semester has passed but for future exemption requests, please email [email protected] to request an exemption form. 

Medical and religious exemption requests will be reviewed and, if appropriate, approved by health care personnel in the Health and Counseling Center (for students) or Human Resources (for employees), in consultation with appropriate campus partners.

Students and employees will only be allowed to apply for a medical exemption or a religious exemption. Philosophical, political or sociological requests for exemptions will not be reviewed or considered.

We heard our students say they need and want engaging, interactive, in-person educational and social experiences. Requiring COVID-19 vaccination will allow Keuka College to more quickly achieve these goals.

According to federal health authorities, COVID-19 vaccines have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. 

Getting vaccinated to prevent COVID-19 will help protect you from COVID-19, and it may also protect the people around you. Evidence suggests that vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus to others. This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk, including individuals who are immunocompromised.

Given the medical and community benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations, we determined that requiring all students to be vaccinated is the most effective way — rather than requiring everyone to social distance and wear masks — to ensure individual and community health and safety, as well as to promote quality learning. 

Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S.:

  • J&J/Janssen
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Keuka College will review, on an individual basis, additional vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Yes. You will need to be vaccinated, including the booster vaccination, regardless of your COVID history.

Vaccination data will be securely stored in College systems that comply with regulations and best practices regarding sensitive data. 

In fall of 2021, the Keuka College learning experience will be in person, including in-person courses, and a full campus and residential life experience. We understand that there are members of our Keuka College community who will seek exemption from our vaccine requirement. For those students who have approved exemptions, COVID protocols such as daily screening, masking, social distancing, weekly COVID-19 testing, etc., will continue pursuant to CDC and other applicable guidelines. 

Additionally, we understand that some members of our community will feel more comfortable masking and social distancing while being vaccinated. The community will demonstrate respect and care for all individuals by supporting these personal health choices.

Keuka College acknowledges the history of troubling medical interventions, on top of the long-term impacts of bias in health and medical care, that disproportionately have impacted people of color, including the impact of the COVID-19 virus on people of color in terms of severity, mortality, economic and social impact, and vaccination rates. Please review the additional information below from reliable sources that provide additional details on this issue in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine and let us know if you would like to discuss your concerns with us.

We care about your concerns and will work with you to get reliable information. 

Some additional resources:

You will not know who is and who is not vaccinated. All students on campus will either be vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption. We expect and support that some people will continue wearing face masks and/or social distancing for various reasons even if vaccinated.

The College will continually update its COVID-19 Dashboard to chart on-campus cases involving students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Unvaccinated students and employees will be subject to routine COVID testing.  In addition, testing may also be required for:

  • Students and employees who are in the process of being fully vaccinated or were approved for an exemption.
  • Student-athletes who play away games at schools that do not have a vaccination policy.

Yes. Blyley Hall has been designated to provide quarantining/isolation space on campus for the 2021-22 school year.

Keuka College has amended its spectator policy through Jan. 18. No spectators will be permitted for the College’s women’s basketball game at home against Houghton College on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The game will start at 5:30 p.m. and be carried on Wolves+, as well as the Empire 8 smart tv app.

The College anticipates welcoming fans back to the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Tuesday, Jan. 18, when the Wolves host Nazareth College in an Empire 8 women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader.

The College will then return to its previous attendance policies. For home games, the policy will be slightly different depending on whether the game is indoors or outdoors:

Indoor Contests

  • Open to the public at 100% capacity.
  • Guests may arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.
  • Visitors must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Fans are encouraged to sit with the groups they arrive at the venue with. 

Outdoor Contests

  • Open to the public at 100% capacity.
  • Guests may arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must mask while in attendance.
  • Vaccinated individuals (visitors, students, employees, etc.), are not required to mask.
  • Fans are encouraged to sit with the groups they arrive at the venue with.
  • Students and employees are encouraged to sit in the designated section(s).

The College continues to closely monitor the public health climate and this policy will be reviewed and updated as events allow.

PLEASE NOTE: Fan policies may vary by institution. Please check an opponent's athletics website prior to traveling to an away contest for the Wolves.

All visitors to the College are required to wear masks indoors unless they provide documentation affirming they have been vaccinated. 


Yes. The Health and Counseling Center is considered a health care facility by New York State and everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while in a health care facility, including the Health and Counseling Center.

CDC does not keep vaccination records or determine how vaccination records are used. To update your records with vaccines you received while outside of the United States, you may:

  • Contact the immunization information system (IIS) in your state. You can find state IIS information on the CDC website.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or your local or state immunization program through your state’s health department.

The CDC-labeled white COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards are only issued to people vaccinated in the United States. CDC recommends you keep your documentation of being vaccinated in the other country as proof of vaccination. CDC also recommends checking with your primary care provider or state health department for options to document your vaccination status domestically.

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