COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Process now available

March 24, 2021

Dear Cornell Community,

The COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Process is now available through the Daily Check and allows all faculty, staff and students to easily upload proof of vaccination (e.g., an image of your CDC vaccination card).

As noted in last week’s message, public health guidelines will continue to change over the coming months, and many of these decisions at the federal, state and local level will be directly linked to vaccination status. Keeping track of this information will help us to adapt to changing guidelines, and to determine when our campus has achieved the critical threshold of vaccination rate to reach herd immunity.

When you select the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Process in the Daily Check, you will be asked to select or provide the following:

  • Attest that the vaccination information you are providing is true, accurate and complete;
  • Select the manufacturer of the vaccine (e.g., Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, other);
  • Date of each dose;
  • Location of vaccination; and
  • Upload an image of your CDC vaccination card or other appropriate proof of vaccination documentation. This can be done by taking a photo on your phone or uploading a file from your computer. There is also an option to complete the proof of vaccination process in person at a Cornell surveillance test site rather than online.
  • Please visit the Daily Check site for a full list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Although the university does not currently mandate COVID-19 vaccination or uploading proof of vaccination, we strongly urge anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so, and to upload proof of vaccination after you have completed your vaccination process.

This week, New York state further expanded vaccine eligibility to include individuals aged 50 and older. Appointments are currently available at a number of state-run sites, including a new site in Corning. Cortland County also has appointments listed at the SUNY Cortland Clinic. Tompkins County residents who are eligible for the vaccine but wish to be vaccinated locally may register with the Tompkins County Health Department to be notified when a vaccine appointment is available for you at the Tompkins County vaccination site.

Together, we can keep our campus and local communities safe!


Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Proof of Vaccination Process: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the acceptable types of proof of vaccination?
If you were immunized in the United States, the CDC vaccination card is the primary source of acceptable proof of vaccination. Other acceptable sources may include formal documentation from your health care provider or state or local department of health. All documentation must include your name, vaccine manufacturer, number of doses and date received, vaccine lot number, and site of administration.

I have obtained a vaccine outside of the United States that is not currently approved by the U.S. FDA. Should I report this and what can I expect?
We do not know whether international vaccinations will be considered valid in the U.S. at this time, or if vaccination abroad will affect eligibility to become vaccinated here in the U.S., but we hope that regulations will develop to enable appropriate recognition. In the interim, it is still valuable for you to complete the proof of vaccination process if you have received a vaccine abroad, even if it is not authorized at this point by the U.S. FDA. The documentation should include the equivalent information as outlined above. We expect that guidelines for those receiving these vaccines will continue to evolve and encourage those affected to be on the lookout for new advice from the CDC and NYS Department of Health. Having your vaccination information on file will make it easier for Cornell to communicate with you if we learn of new guidance.

I don’t have an electronic copy of my proof of vaccination. Can I scan it to my computer or take a picture on my phone? Can I upload multiple images?
Yes, you may scan or take a picture of your proof of vaccination and upload it directly into the form using your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. If the necessary information requires uploading multiple images (e.g., front and back of your CDC vaccination card), the form has this capability. Once you’ve uploaded the first image, click on “add another file” to upload additional documentation.

What if I lose my vaccine documentation?
The CDC vaccination card you received is the best means to show you have been vaccinated. Keep it in a safe place. For any additional documentation, contact the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine. Most states require that vaccine providers keep records on paper or in a database. If you’re unable to get documentation from the provider, contact your state board of health for assistance.

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Daily Check site.