COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Vaccination Requirements & Guidelines for Fall 2022
Guttman remains dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2022 semester. We continue to adhere to the latest CUNY and CDC guidance and any requirements from New York State and New York City.
Vaccination and Exemptions
All students who are new and/or returning to campus in the fall for in-person and hybrid courses, or any other on-campus activities will be required to submit proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved in CUNYfirst. Students must upload proof of being fully-vaccinated prior to the start of classes for the fall term.
Fall 1 2022 Deadlines
August 26, 2022: Deadline to complete your vaccination series by either receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine OR your 2nd dose of Pfizer/Moderna.
August 30, 2022: Deadline to upload your vaccination information in CUNYfirst for approval. Step-by-step instructions can be found here.
Medical and Religious Exemption Deadline:
June 25, 2022: Deadline to request an exemption in CUNYfirst. Instructions for submitting an exemption can be found here. Those who receive an approved medical or religious exemption are required to follow CUNY’s testing protocol for campus access.
Failure to successfully submit your vaccination information in CUNYfirst by the deadline can result in being dropped from in-person and hybrid courses, unless you have been approved in CUNYfirst for a medical or religious exemption.
Check your approval status! Log back in to your CUNYfirst account and go to the Vaccination Verification page to check if your information has been Approved or Not Approved. If it was Not Approved, details as to why it was not approved and steps you can take to correct it will be listed at the bottom. Make the necessary change and click “SUBMIT” to re-submit the information for approval.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical exemptions and religious exceptions can be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYfirst. The COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form can be downloaded here. Students requesting medical exemptions will also have to submit additional documentation signed by a healthcare provider. Students approved for an exemption must follow CUNY’s testing protocol to enter campus (scroll down to “CUNY’s Testing Protocol” for details). They are required to show evidence of a negative COVID test from an approved CUNY testing site taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit to campus.
Students are strongly encouraged to receive vaccine boosters, once eligible. You can upload your proof of booster in CUNYfirst.
- Booster Eligibility:
- Those 18 and older are eligible for a booster shot at 5 months after the completion of two dose regimen of Pfizer, 5 months after the completion of two dose regimen of Moderna or 2 months after the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) shot. The Pfizer or Moderna booster is preferred in most situations.
- Those 12-17 year olds who initially received the Pfizer two dose regimen are eligible for a Pfizer booster 5 months after completing the regimen.
- Those 12 and older 5 months after the completion of a WHO-approved vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA, or 5 months after completion of a mix and match series of WHO-approved and FDA approved/authorized vaccines.
- The CDC recommends you choose the Pfizer or Moderna booster in most situations, regardless of which shot you received. Learn more about the booster shot and find a site near you here: ny.gov/booster.
- Upload vaccine documents, proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst
- Instructions on uploading your booster proof are available here. If you attended in-person or hybrid courses this past year and already uploaded proof of your first vaccines, you will have to add the booster shot — unless you have an approved exception or exemption.
Per CUNY’s mandates, Guttman will continue its robust testing program using various testing models for the safety and convenience of the Guttman community.
- All students are expected to test before returning to campus.
- Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated and expand to cover students in residence halls, regardless of vaccination status. Please note, all students taking in-person or hybrid courses need to be fully vaccinated, except students with an approved medical or religious exemption.
- Overall random testing of 10% of the on-campus population. Participation in the random surveillance testing is mandatory and failure to participate will result in the removal of the individual’s Cleared4 access pass to CUNY spaces. If selected for random testing, you must get tested at a CUNY testing site within the designated timeframe. For more information on the random testing program, go here.
CUNY COVID Testing Protocol
Students and employees who received an approved medical or religious exemption or whose vaccine verification form is “Pending 14 Day Approval”, must follow the Testing Protocol. They must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at a CUNY testing site within the past 7 days. See below for details. Testing is required each week they plan to enter campus.
- You will receive an email from email@example.com with a link to enroll and sign up for weekly testing. The email will be sent to your preferred email address in CUNYfirst. If you have not already, change your preferred email to your Guttman email. If you can’t find it, email COVIDvax@guttman.cuny.edu.
- Follow the link, review and approve the testing consent, validate your personal information (you must include your email address, phone number, and date of birth in your profile or you will not receive your results), and sign up from the list of CUNY testing sites.
- Arrive at your appointment with a photo ID and mask. Collect your sample
- Once test results are processed, you will receive an email with your results. If you test negative, you will be cleared to access campus.
- Your test must be from a CUNY testing site and through Cleared4
- Your test must be within the last 7 days. It is recommended you test every 5 days to avoid a gap.
- Results can take up to 48 hours so plan ahead
Employees who have not yet uploaded their proof of vaccination to CUNYfirst (or approval by Human Resources is pending), will get an email from Cleared4 asking them to sign up for weekly testing. Vaccinated employees who voluntarily upload their vaccination information by signing in to CUNYfirst and clicking on the Vaccine Verification link will be removed from the routine testing program after the documentation has been approved by HR.
Isolation and Quarantine
Per CUNY’s guidelines, Guttman will continue to require that individuals comply with CDC Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, prior to returning to campus. If you are required to isolate or quarantine, you must receive a negative test or doctor’s certification prior to returning to campus. Test results will be accepted from CUNY testing sites or other licensed test providers.
In compliance with the CUNY Visitor’s Policy, every visitor to Guttman, whether accessing indoor or outdoor spaces, must provide proof to CUNY that they (i) are fully vaccinated or (ii) have had a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab no more than 7 days prior to the visit.
- At this time, CUNY will not require face masks during the fall semester.
- Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices.
- Faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated are urged to continue to wear a mask. Mask requirements associated with isolation and quarantine remain in effect.
- Those who choose to wear a mask should continue to follow CDC guidance on acceptable face coverings.
All vaccination sites require an ID that verifies your age and N.Y. state residency, with no appointment needed. Find out how to obtain an ID for COVID Vaccination. Use these tools to find a free vaccine site close to you and to check which vaccine(s) they offer: