Coronavirus Vaccine & Other Updates

Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021

FDA Approval

The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, 2021, triggering a 45-day final deadline for CUNY students to be fully vaccinated and their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst.

CUNY has extended the vaccination deadline for Guttman students who are currently enrolled in hybrid/in-person classes.

October 7 was the deadline to receive your single dose of Johnson & Johnson or your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. Students receiving their first shots after September 23 must receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The deadline to upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst was October 7.



Check Your Approval Status

Be sure and log back in to your CUNYfirst account and go back to the Vaccine 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 will be listed. Make the necessary changes and click Submit to re-submit the information. If you have any questions, email

CUNY Testing Program

If you will be on-campus for class (or any reason) between October 7-21 and have not had your vaccination information approved in CUNYfirst OR have an approved medical/religious exemption, you will be required to follow CUNY’s testing protocol and cannot enter the campus without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result specifically from a CUNY testing site within the last 7 days. More information on CUNY’s testing protocol can be found here.

Read Full Vaccination Policy FAQs

CUNY’s COVID-19 Testing Program for Students, Faculty and Staff

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:

if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to:

Office of Student Engagement

Faculty and staff,
if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to:

Office of Human Resources

Prospective students and supporters,
if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to:

Office of College Admissions and Access
(646) 313-8010

Information for Students

VP of Student Engagement Message – 2/1/2021

VP of Student Engagement Message – 1/11/2021

VP of Student Engagement Message – 1/4/2021

VP of Student Engagement Message – 12/14/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 12/8/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 11/30/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 11/16/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 11/9/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 11/2/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 10/26/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 10/19/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 10/5/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 9/28/2020

VP of Student Engagement: Message from President Doris Cintrón – 9/24/2020

VP of Student Engagement: Welcome to the 2020-2021 Academic Year – 9/23/2020

VP of Student Engagement Message – 9/21/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 7/27/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 7/20/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 7/13/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 6/29/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 6/15/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 6/8/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message: We Support You! – 6/2/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 6/1/2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 5/11/-2020

Dean of Student Engagement Message – 5/4/2020

Flexible Grading Website – 5/1/2020

Student Update – 4/20/2020

Student Update – 3/24/2020

Student Update – 3/23/2020

Meet-Ups Begin Online Today – 3/23/2020

Important Advising Updates – 3/18/2020

Student Update – 3/18/2020

Student Update – 3/16/2020

Student Update – 3/13/2020

Student Update – 3/11/2020

Student Update – 3/10/2020

Student Update – 3/9/2020

Information & Resources

Guidance to Campus Access – Offices of Human Resources and Public Safety

Faculty & Staff Update – 9/1/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 8/3/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/30/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/27/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/23/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/20/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/16/2020

President’s Message – Reopening Committee

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/13/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 7/2/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/29/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/25/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/23/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/22/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/16/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/15/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/11/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/10/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/9/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/8/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/5/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/2/2020

Provost’s Update – 6/1/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 6/1/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/28/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/27/2020

Provost’s Update – 5/26/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/26/2020

Faculty & Staff Update -5/22/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/21/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/18/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/15/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/14/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/13/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/12/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/11/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/8/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/7/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/4/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 5/1/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/30/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/29/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/28/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/27/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/24/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/23/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/22/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/21/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/20/2020

Provost’s Update – 4/20/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/17/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/16/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/15/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/14/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/13/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/10/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/9/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/8/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/7/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/6/2020

Provost’s Update – 4/6/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/3/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/2/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 4/1/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/31/2020

Faculty & Staff Update -3/30/2020

Provost’s Update – 3/30/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/27/2020

Faculty & Staff Update 3/26/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/25/2020

Faculty & Staff Update II – 3/24/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/24/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/23/2020

Edenred Commuter Benefits – Temporary Suspension Option – 3/23/2020

Provost’s Message – 3/20/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/20/2020

President’s Thank You – 3/19/2020

Faculty & Staff Update 3/19/2020

Ready to Launch – 3/18/2020

Help Desk Support During Remote Operations – 3/18/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/18/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/17/2020

Message from the Office of Human Resources & President Scott Evenbeck – 3/16/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/16/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/13/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/12/2020

Instructional Recess – 3/11/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/11/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/10/2020

Providing Continuity of Instruction – 3/9/2020

Faculty & Staff Update – 3/9/2020

Please note: All upcoming in-person admissions process related events are cancelled.  We want to reassure you that Guttman Community College has reviewed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it relates to the appropriate recommendations for minimizing the spread of the virus.  To address the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19 and to preserve the integrity and intentionality of our admissions process, applicants will still be required to complete the mandatory steps.  Moving forward the admissions process will only be offered ONLINE.   Admissions advisors will accommodate any reasonable requests to meet with students.

Starting Monday 3/16/2020, active applicants will receive email communication and be directed to their GrizzlyPath, where students can track their progress and offered the opportunity to complete required steps designed to help them make a well-informed decision.  Upon completion of the CUNY application and satisfying the group information session and individual meeting requirements, applicants will receive an acceptance letter via their GrizzlyPath and be able to submit an online commitment form.

For step by step instructions regarding how to satisfy the online admissions process, please view the Online Admissions Process Manual.

Please note:  The safety of students, faculty and staff continues to be the primary consideration that guides all decision-making involving the continuity of our operations.

There will not be any in-person admissions process-related events until further notice.  We want to reassure you that Guttman Community College has reviewed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it relates to the appropriate recommendations for minimizing the spread of the virus.


To ensure the safety of the community, Guttman is taking additional precautions to help eliminate the spread of germs. Our Facilities crew has implemented a new maintenance schedule and is actively disinfecting common-use surfaces. It is also extremely important to remember the steps YOU can take to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been, like the subway or bus.
  • Don’t shake hands — fist bump or elbow bump instead!
  • Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.
  • Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

Guttman encourages students feeling anxious or worried or have health-related questions because of the coronavirus to contact the Wellness Office at 646-313-8165 or

Please know, the Wellness Office is available to provide tele-counseling/therapy appointments by phone and/or video chat. Email or call 646-313-8165 if you’d like to set up an appointment or would like more information.

Additionally, students, staff, and faculty can sign up for the 10 Minute Mind to receive daily guided meditations for free. Sign up with your Guttman email at

The U.S. government has taken strict measures regarding coronavirus, including suspending entry in the United States of foreign nationals who have visited a country under a CDC level 3 warning (China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) within the past 14 days. Measures to quarantine and/or test for the virus those who have been in those countries and are allowed entry into the United States (U.S. citizens, legal residents and their families) are also being implemented.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after returning from a country under a CDC level 3 warning, or after close contact with someone who has recently traveled to them and is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact your health care provider. Your health care provider will work with the U.S. Department of Health and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for coronavirus.

If you have traveled to one of the affected countries in the last 3 weeks, please let the College know via phone or email before returning to campus.

Student contact:

Office of Student Engagement

Faculty & Staff contact:

Office of Human Resources

Employees who are sick and exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Employees should notify their supervisor and keep them informed of their absence. For the health and safety of all employees, staff members who report to work exhibiting these symptoms may be sent home.

Employees returning from a country designated as “Level 3” by the CDC are to contact the Guttman Human Resources office by phone, 646-313-8177 or email before returning to work.

Employees who may have international travel plans should check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for the country of travel.

CUNY asks faculty and staff to be prepared to accommodate, to the reasonable extent possible, affected students, including, but not limited to, facilitating enrollment after the deadline, fast-tracking academic advising, permitting make-up exams, and extending due dates of final assignments and projects.

Faculty should contact the Vice President of Students Office if they need to make any accommodations for any students related to COVID-19.

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed by the CDC to be low at this time, if you display symptoms of a respiratory infection—such as a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing—it is recommended that you contact your health care provider.

We encourage all students to also contact the Vice President of Students Office and faculty/staff to contact Human Resources.

The NYC Test & Trace Corps will make sure that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts will have the resources needed to safely separate in a hotel, free of charge, or at home to help prevent the spread of the virus. Find out more about Take Care hotels and the Take Care Package.