Vaccination at Cornell

Student Requirement

Cornell requires vaccination for students attending classes on the Ithaca, Geneva and Cornell Tech campuses or participating in any other Ithaca-based program, at any point of the 2021-22 academic year. Students who have already provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or received a religious or medical exemption, do not need to take any further action to meet the 2021-2022 COVID-19 vaccine requirement. All others enrolling for the winter 2021-2022 or spring 2022 terms must be compliant with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by December 15, 2021.

Employee Requirement

In September 2021, President Biden issued an executive order that requires that all employees of certain contractors that do business with the federal government be vaccinated, unless exempt for medical or religious reasons. The university has numerous federal contracts that are covered by the provisions in the executive order, therefore the university requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In November 2021, the federal government extended the deadline for its vaccination policies. All employees, whether they work on campus in Ithaca, Geneva, New York City, or any other location, are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, or to have obtained a university-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement extends to temporary and casual employees as well as those who work fully or partially from a remote location.


Additionally, in November 2021 the FDA and CDC expanded the use of COVID-19 boosters to all individuals over 18 who received a final dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months prior, or of Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months prior.

Cornell is not requiring members of our community to receive a booster at this time; however, as breakthrough cases continue to occur, we encourage you to consider receiving a booster. Refer to the Tompkins County Health Department for information about options for vaccination locally or visit for more general information.

Vaccination is key to the resolution of this global pandemic, and we hope that all take this opportunity to protect yourselves, as well as our community.

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Getting Vaccinated

The CDC offers a tool to search for vaccination sites near you, and the Tompkins County Health Department has several local vaccination sites. For more details, visit the Cornell Health website.

Student and Employee Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources