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Hofstra University is very pleased to announced that Northwell Health is setting up vaccination pods on our campus from April 6 to April 9 and April 15-16.

A batch of 2,000 Pfizer vaccines was administered April 6-9, and a second batch of 1,000 Moderna vaccines will be administered April 15-16 on a first-call/first-sign-up basis. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment.

Please call 855-519-VACC(8222) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to schedule your appointment.  You must have your ID available to schedule your appointment.

The hotline will be shut down as soon as all available vaccine appointments are taken, so if you are unable to get through, it means the current vaccine supply has been used. If we get additional batches of vaccines, we will notify students and reopen the hotline.

All appointments will take place in the Physical Education Building (the PEB) on North Campus. Your second appointment will be scheduled at the time of your first dose. As has been the practice for all vaccination clinics, the second dose must be administered here at Hofstra.


I’ve heard sometimes they are extra vaccine doses at the end of a day that have to be administered or they will go bad. Can I just show up in case there is an extra dose that has to be used?
No, you MUST have an appointment. However, we expect to establish a waiting list. The University will notify the campus community about how to sign up for the waiting list via email.
Can I still get the vaccine at Hofstra if I’m a student, but not from New York state or the US?
Yes, so long as you have a Hofstra student ID and a government-issued ID.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
Bring your Hofstra ID card AND a government-issued ID and to their appointment. Please do not bring any bags or food to your appointment.
When am I considered fully vaccinated?
With the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, an individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose. With the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you get your shot.
Once I am fully vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask and stay socially distant from others?
Yes. The University’s health and safety protocols remain in place. You will need to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene for the foreseeable future as the vaccine gets rolled out in phases.
Are there any reasons why I may not be able to get the vaccine?
A clinician will complete a questionnaire with each person to determine if there are any medical reasons you cannot receive the vaccine. If you have COVID-19 and have symptoms, you should wait until you have recovered from your illness and have met the CDC criteria for discontinuing isolation before getting vaccinated. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you need to wait until after your quarantine period has ended.
If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need to get a vaccine?
Yes, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.
What are the most common side-effects after getting the vaccine?
After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Will there be additional vaccination sessions scheduled in the future?
There may be. It will all depend on availability of vaccines. If we get additional vaccine doses, we will notify students and re-open the appointment hotline.
How do I get my second dose appointment?
The second appointment for students will be scheduled at the time of their first appointment. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is administered 21 days after the first, while the second dose of the Moderna vaccine is administered 28 days after the first shot.
Which vaccine are you offering?
The Pfizer vaccine April 6-9 and the Moderna vaccine April 15-16.

Upload Vaccination Status

As more people become vaccinated, state and federal COVID-19 public health guidelines will continue to change, and many will be contingent upon an individual being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines currently available have been shown to be highly effective in the fight against COVID-19 and we strongly encourage all members of our community who are eligible, to receive this vaccination to minimize the risk of infectious disease in our workplace.

We are asking students to provide their proof of vaccination. This information will remain confidential.

Once you have received either the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, you can upload your vaccination documentation by following these steps:

  1. Scan your vaccination card or take a picture of it so you can upload it into the system.
  2. Access the Hofstra portal at
  3. In the top right-hand corner of the page, click the 3x3 grid,
  4. A number of apps will appear. Click “Medicat” to enter the Patient Portal.

STEP 1: Enter your vaccine information

  • Using the menu at the top of the screen, click “Immunizations”, then “Enter Dates”
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to a heading called “COVID Vaccines”
  • Input the date(s) of your dose(s), then hit “Submit.” This will bring up a prompt informing you that your information has been saved. A pop-up will direct you to Step 2.

STEP 2: Upload a copy of your vaccine card

  • Following the link on the pop-up screen or using the menu at the top, navigate to “Upload”
  • Scroll to the drop-down box at the bottom of the page and select “COVID Vaccination Card”. A “Select file” button will appear.
  • After clicking the “Select file” button, find and upload the image of your vaccine card.
  • Your document should appear in the box titled “Documents Already on File”. The staff at the Student Health Services will review your paperwork and contact you if needed.

If you need assistance accessing your portal or the Medicat app, please contact the IT Help Desk at or 516-463-7777