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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

St. John Fisher College implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate and booster requirement for all students and employees, as well as temporary workers and independent contractors, for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Requirement

    Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine booster dose. Photo by Parang Mehta

    The College has implemented a booster requirement for all students and employees. Students and employees who are currently eligible to receive the booster must provide proper documentation no later than January 24 or within 30 days of their eligibility. Schedule a booster appointment during our next campus clinic on February 2.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

All members of the campus community who will be on campus for the upcoming academic year must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated when at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or after the one-dose vaccine.

Per both New York state and CDC guidance, the College will accept vaccines that have been approved for emergency use by the CDC (Pfizer, Moderna, Jansen) as well as vaccines listed on the World Health Organization emergency use list [pdf] that have reached a “finalized” status of assessment.

Per guidance from the CDC, individuals who have had COVID-19 should still obtain the vaccine and will be required to do so unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

Online Program Students

The College considers clinical rotations and fieldwork sites to be an extension of our campus. Online students with clinical requirements, fieldwork, or on-campus immersions do need to provide proof of full vaccination.

Online students who will not be on campus (e.g., no residency requirement, no immersion experience, no fieldwork, no campus-based courses/jobs/services, no on-campus jobs, athletics or extracurricular opportunities) nor in a clinical rotation do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Vaccine Documentation

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, individuals would have had to obtain a complete immunization (one-shot dose or second shot of two-shot dose). Proof of vaccination must be provided to the College. Acceptable proof includes a written certification of vaccination, such as a CDC vaccination card or medical documentation showing the date and type of vaccine administered. Do not include any medical or genetic information with your proof of vaccination.

Exemption Requests

Exemption requests for the Spring 2022 semester should be submitted by December 10, 2021.

Unvaccinated students and employees who receive a medical or religious exemption from the College will be permitted on campus, but will be required to follow the College’s policies for unvaccinated individuals. Because this is a College mandate, refusal to obtain the vaccine or booster for reasons beyond medical or religious exemptions will be considered a voluntary withdrawal or voluntary resignation.

Eligible Exemptions


The College makes determinations about requested exemptions on a case-by-case basis and will communicate a final decision in writing to the student’s SJFC email account.

Religious Beliefs

The College provides exemptions to students with sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit them from receiving all COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. Requests will require completion of the Request for Religious Exemption from Vaccination Form. Nursing and Pharmacy majors should consult with their individual Schools to discuss religious exemptions and New York State Law for healthcare professionals prior to requesting an exemption.

Please note that philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to immunizations will not justify an exemption from this policy.

Medical Reasons

Exemptions for medical reasons may be available on a case-by-case basis [e.g., severe or immediate allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or known (diagnosed) allergy to a component of the vaccine]. Such requests will require the completion of the Request for Medical Exemption from Vaccination Form and the submission of appropriate supporting documentation.

Submitting Forms and Documentation

Completed forms must be submitted to the College electronically.  

Upon review, you will be notified in writing at your SJFC email address if the exemption has been granted or denied.  At any time, the College reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation.  If approved, the exemption will remain in effect for the duration of the current academic year.  Requests must be renewed annually.

Policies for Students and Employees Who are Not Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19

These policies are for students and employees who have either received an exemption to the requirement or who are in progress with their vaccinations.  The College’s COVID-19 policies are subject to change as local and federal guidelines change and county indicators fluctuate. For your own health and safety and for the health and safety of our community, please be advised that until further notice, you are required to adhere to all policies for unvaccinated individuals on campus, including:

  • Wearing a face covering while indoors, including in residence halls and classrooms, and outdoors whenever at least six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained;
  • Weekly testing on campus, or administered by a medical provider off-campus, the results of which must be uploaded to the College’s Health and Wellness Center Patient Portal; and
  • Potential mandatory isolation, quarantine, or exclusion from campus for up to 14 days from the most recent diagnosed case should cases of COVID-19 be detected on campus.  

Violation of these policies are considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

  • Vaccine Availability

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    Most counties both in and outside of New York state are offering free vaccine clinics. Many community pharmacies are now also able to administer the vaccine by walk-in and appointment. Monroe County vaccine appointments can be found online. Vaccine appointments throughout the state can be found via the NY Forward website.

    NY Forward Website