Vaccinations & Boosters

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, the health and safety of the Hofstra community remains our highest priority.


Student Health Services will offer free COVID-19 booster shots (Moderna) to employees and students at Hofstra USA (located on North Campus) on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 27th from 12-6:30 PM (last appointment will be 6pm)  
  • Friday, January 28th from 12-6:30 PM (last appointment will be 6pm)  

Hofstra students and employees may sign up for a booster appointment through this sign-up link.   Please bring your Hofstra and/or Photo ID & CDC Vaccination Card to your appointment.

NOTE: You may receive a Moderna booster even if your initial dose or doses was not Moderna.  The FDA has determined that it is safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster that is a different brand than your initial dose or doses.


Due to the increase of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and upon the recommendation of our partners at Northwell Health, all Hofstra students and employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination in 2022 once they are eligible.

All of the scientific data confirms the health benefits to you and others once you are vaccinated.

We are so proud of how our community worked together to make our campus as safe as possible during the pandemic, being vigilant about health and safety protocols like mask wearing, social distancing and surveillance testing is a big reason why we've had a very low incidence of COVID-19 at Hofstra.

All student and employee information about vaccination status will remain confidential.

Get Boosted.

Student Vaccination Information

All students attending class or programs on campus are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Information about uploading documentation, as well as FAQs on the booster and the vaccination, may be found below.

All students are required by the University to show proof of their vaccination against COVID-19. 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 my.hofstra.edu
  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.

Per University policy, any person who is eligible to receive a Booster dose per CDC guidelines must do so by January 18, 2022. Anyone who is not eligible by that date will have 7 days following their eligibility date to receive and upload the Booster dose.

Once you receive your Booster dose, upload your documentation by following these steps:

To open Medicat:

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

STEP 1: Enter your Booster 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”
  • At the bottom of this section you will see 3 date inputs for each manufacturer of the booster.
  • Input the date of your booster in the corresponding manufacturer box, 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 Booster information

  • 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 Booster”. A “Select file” button will appear.
  • After clicking the “Select file” button, find and upload the image of your vaccine card with Booster information.
  • 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 the My.Hofstra.edu portal or the Medicat app, please contact the ITS Service Desk at help@hofstra.edu or 516-463-7777. If you need assistance with uploading/inputting the dates, please contact Student Health Services at 516-463-6745.

Q: How do I know when I’m eligible for a booster?
A: Please see the most current U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for COVID-19 booster eligibility at this link.  Eligibility depends on the type of vaccine you received and the date of your last dose.  According to the CDC as of January 4, 2022, you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster five months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, five months after receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, or two months after receiving the single-dose Janssen/J&J vaccine.  The CDC continues to review booster eligibility for each of these vaccines.
Q: I received a monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19. How does this impact the date on which I must get the booster? 
A: The CDC recommends that individuals who were treated with monoclonal antibodies wait 90 days before getting a booster.  If you received monoclonal antibody treatment within the last 90 days, you must send an email to SHS@hofstra.edu with documentation of receipt of the monoclonal antibody treatment, including the date received. Sufficient documentation includes discharge instructions documenting administration from the medical site (e.g. hospital or infusion center), or equivalent documentation from an official patient portal. 

You must provide the documentation by January 18, 2022, or the date on which you would otherwise have been eligible to receive the booster, if you are not eligible for a booster by January 18th.  Individuals will be required to receive a booster within seven (7) days after the expiration of the 90-day period following monoclonal antibody treatment. 
 Q: I already received a vaccination exemption due to medical or religious reasons. Do I need to request another exemption from the booster shot?
A: No. If you already have an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement, you are exempt from the booster shot requirement too. 
Q: I am already fully vaccinated, but I need to request an exemption for the booster shot for medical reasons. How do I request this?
A: You may apply for a medical exemption for the booster shot, which will be reviewed by the University upon submission. Exemptions are not granted upon submission. Contact the Exemption Request team at ExemptionRequest@hofstra.edu.

Note that for the safety of our community, certain safety-related restrictions for exempt students will be in effect. Restrictions, of which exempt students will be notified directly in writing, will include: a testing requirement; the requirement to wear masks outdoors when reasonably foreseeable that physical distancing cannot be maintained (in addition to the indoor mask policy applicable to all); exclusion from certain events; and the requirement to perform a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptom (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) prior to the start of the day. 

Restrictions, which may vary depending on activity, will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be guided by science and public health considerations. 
Q: Can you help me find a place to get a booster shot?
A: Booster locations near you can be found here
Q: For a booster shot, do I have to get the same vaccine that I originally received?
A: The CDC’s current recommendations state that individuals who are 18 years or older may choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster shot, noting that some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.  If you were vaccinated outside the United States, consult the CDC’s recommendations regarding the type of vaccine to receive.  
Q: I received a (WHO-approved) vaccine other than Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson. How do I fulfill the booster requirement?
A: Please refer to CDC guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html) and contact Student Health Services at (516) 463-6745 to discuss your individual situation. 
Q: I am currently out of the country and am not able to get a booster due to availability. What are my options?
Please contact Student Health Services at (516) 463-6745 to discuss your individual situation.  We will assist you in obtaining the vaccine when you arrive back in the United States. 
Q: I already had COVID recently. Do I still need the Booster?
A: Yes. All students, including those who have recovered from COVID, must receive the booster by the deadlines described above. Current CDC Guidance is that after you have completed the isolation process (typically 10 days) you are able to get your booster shot.  
Q: Why is the booster required?
A: Due to the increase of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the University’s partners at Northwell Health, the University has decided to require students and employees to receive the booster shot.  More information about boosters is available from the CDC here.
Q: What are the consequences of failure to comply with this policy?
A. Students who fail to upload their booster documentation will not be permitted on-campus to live, work, take classes, or otherwise utilize campus resources, and will not be permitted to engage in any in person University-sponsored activities, whether on- or off-campus, until documentation is submitted and may be subject to removal from courses. 
Q: Will remote learning be available for the Spring 2022 semester?
A: Most courses are being taught fully in-person and cannot be taken virtually. Students can register for courses that are designated as Distance Learning in Banner.  However, not all programs and departments offer distance learning courses. 
Q: Does Hofstra University require vaccination against COVID-19 for students? 
A:  Hofstra University policy requires that all students show proof of their full vaccination against COVID-19 as well as receipt of a booster shot when eligible as defined by the CDC.
Q: What vaccines will be accepted by Hofstra? 
Hofstra will accept all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO)
Q: I’m a student living outside the U.S., should I get vaccinated abroad before I come to campus? 
A:  Students traveling from abroad should do their best to receive a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine prior to their arrival. If you are unable to receive a vaccine due to availability in your country, please contact both International Student Affairs (ISA@Hofstra.edu) and Student Health Services (SHS@hofstra.edu) who can assist you with becoming vaccinated upon your arrival. 
Q: I am a newly enrolled student, how do I request an exemption from the vaccination requirement? 
A: For newly enrolled students for the Spring 2022 semester, information regarding both medical and religious vaccination exemptions can be found at https://www.hofstra.edu/together-again/vaccination-exemption.html

For continuing students, information regarding medical exemptions for the booster requirement can be found at https://www.hofstra.edu/together-again/vaccination-exemption.html
Q: Do students who are in a fully online program, or taking their full class schedule remotely, have to submit proof of vaccination? 
A: Hofstra is requiring vaccination for all undergraduate and graduate students taking part in any face-to-face classes, participating in University-sponsored extracurricular or other program activities in person (whether on or off-campus), using any facilities on campus including the library or residence halls, or working in Hofstra facilities. This applies to both full- and part-time students who spend time on campus, whether they live or work on campus or off campus.
Q: If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need to get a vaccine? 
A: 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. 
Q: Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? 
A: Please refer to the CDC’s information page on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, which advises that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective
Q: What are the most common side-effects after getting the vaccine?
A: Visit the following CDC page to learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Q: Where can I get vaccinated?
A:The COVID-19 vaccines are available at wide range of locations across the region and nation. Here are some ways to make an appointment: 
National CDC Vaccine Finder
Nassau County Vaccine Finder
Suffolk County Vaccine Finder
New York City Vaccine Finder
New York state Vaccine Finder

Employee Vaccination Information

We are all invested in the well-being of our community. To that end, all Hofstra University employees, i.e., faculty, administrators and staff, are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption.  Due to the increase of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and upon the recommendation of our partners at Northwell Health, all Hofstra students and employees are required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as they are eligible.

All Hofstra students and employees who are eligible to do so must get the booster shot and upload proof by January 18, 2022. Acceptable forms of proof are:

  • Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card.
  • If you don’t have a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card, or it does not list your booster shot, you may upload a copy of proof from your vaccination provider. Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.

Those who are not eligible to receive the booster by January 18, 2022 will have 7 days after becoming eligible to fulfill the vaccination booster requirement.

If you were previously approved for a COVID-19 exemption, your exemption applies to the COVID-19 booster as well and no further action is required.

Employees are required to submit proof of full vaccination and booster, when eligible, by uploading completed CDC COVID Vaccination Record cards to the Hofstra portal (see instructions below).

Information about the exemption process is available by contacting the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu or 516-463-6526.

Hofstra will follow best practices and comply with applicable laws in maintaining privacy and security with respect to employee vaccination documentation, which will be maintained by the Office of Human Resources

Instructions for providing your vaccination documentation:

  1. Go to the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu and select the “Employee COVID-19 Vaccination” icon.
  2. Scan your vaccination card or take a picture of it so you can upload it into the system.
  3. Select the appropriate vaccination type from the drop down menu (i.e., first of multi-series or one shot vaccination, second of multi-series vaccination or booster).
  4. Choose the manufacturer of your vaccine.
  5. Enter the dose date of your vaccination(s).
  6. Select the image of your vaccination card.
  7. Click Submit.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe. If employees have any questions, they should contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-6526 or visit our FAQs. Please note, this number is for Hofstra employees only.

Upload Booster Information

Q: What is the University’s COVID-19 booster requirement for employees?
a: All eligible Hofstra University employees, i.e., faculty, administrators and staff, are required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination and upload proof of the vaccination by January 18, 2022, or within seven days of when they become eligible.
Q: How do I know when I’m eligible for a booster?
A: Please see the most current U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for COVID-19 booster eligibility at this link.  Eligibility depends on the type of vaccine you received and the date of your last dose.  According to the CDC as of January 4, 2022, you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster five months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, five months after receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, or two months after receiving the single-dose Janssen/J&J vaccine.  The CDC continues to review booster eligibility for each of these vaccines.
Q: I received a monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19. How does this impact the date on which I must get the booster?
A: The CDC recommends that individuals who were treated with monoclonal antibodies wait 90 days before getting a booster.  If you received monoclonal antibody treatment within the last 90 days, you must send an email to benefits@hofstra.edu with documentation of receipt of the monoclonal antibody treatment, including the date received. Sufficient documentation includes discharge instructions documenting administration from the medical site (e.g., hospital or infusion center), or equivalent documentation from an official patient portal.A

You must provide the documentation by January 18, 2022, or the date on which you would otherwise have been eligible to receive the booster, if you are not eligible for a booster by January 18th.  Individuals will be required to receive a booster within seven (7) days after the expiration of the 90-day period following monoclonal antibody treatment.
Q: I currently have COVID-19.  How does this impact the date on which I must get the booster?
A. According to CDC guidance, those with a current COVID-19 infection are eligible for the booster once they meet the criteria to end isolation (generally about 10 days after your symptoms first appeared or you tested positive).
Q: I already received a vaccination exemption due to medical or religious reasons. Do I need to request another exemption from the booster shot?
A: No. If you already have an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement, you are exempt from the booster shot requirement too.
Q: I am already fully vaccinated, but I need to request an exemption for the booster shot for medical reasons. How do I request this?
A: You may apply for a medical exemption for the booster shot, which will be reviewed by the University upon submission. Exemptions are not granted upon submission. Contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu to request the exemption form, which must be submitted by January 12, 2022.  

Note that for the safety of our community, certain safety-related restrictions for exempt employees will be in effect. Restrictions, of which exempt employees will be notified directly in writing, will include: a testing requirement; the requirement to wear masks outdoors when reasonably foreseeable that physical distancing cannot be maintained (in addition to the indoor mask policy applicable to all); exclusion from certain events; the requirement to perform a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptom (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) prior to the start of the workday; and prohibition against travel on University related business.

Restrictions, which may vary depending on role/job functions, will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be guided by science and public health considerations.
Q: Can you help me find a place to get a booster shot?
A: Boosters are widely available and a location near you can be found here.
Q: For a booster shot, do I have to get the same vaccine that I originally received?
A: The CDC’s current recommendations state that individuals who are 18 years or older may choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster shot, noting that some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.  If you were vaccinated outside the United States, consult the CDC’s recommendations regarding the type of vaccine to receive. 
Q: What are the consequences of failure to comply with this policy?
A. Employees who fail to upload their booster documentation will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, subject to applicable collective bargaining agreements.
Q. If I have additional questions, who can I contact?
A. Please contact the Human Resources department at 516-463-6526 or benefits@hofstra.edu

Q. What vaccines are accepted?
A: Authorized and Recommended Vaccines on the CDC website are all acceptable: Pfizer-BioNTechModerna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. In accordance with CDC guidance, Hofstra will also accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). For information about COVID-19 vaccine safety, please visit the CDC website.
Q. I have already had COVID and recovered, do I need to get the vaccine?
A. Yes, all Hofstra University employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption, regardless of whether they have already had COVID. 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.
Q. Is my vaccination information or test results maintained in a confidential manner?
A. Yes, Hofstra will follow best practices and comply with applicable laws in maintaining privacy and security with respect to employee vaccination documentation and test results, which will be maintained by the Office of Human Resources
Q. Will there be any health & safety-related restrictions for employees with religious/medical exemptions?
A. Yes, for the safety of our community, certain safety-related restrictions for exempt employees will be in effect. Restrictions, of which exempt employees will be notified directly in writing, will include: a testing requirement; the requirement to wear masks outdoors when reasonably foreseeable that physical distancing cannot be maintained (in addition to the indoor mask policy applicable to all); exclusion from certain events; the requirement to perform a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptom (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) prior to the start of the workday; and prohibition against travel on University related business.

Restrictions, which may vary depending on role/job functions, will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be guided by science and public health considerations.  Exempt employees will be notified directly in writing of the details of these requirements.
Q. If I have been approved for a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement, am I required to provide the results of a COVID-19 test on a weekly basis?
A. Yes. All employees who have been approved a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement must upload the results of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus each Monday by no later than 8:00 am. Employees may submit either a recent rapid antigen COVID test result, which may not be more than twenty-four (24) hours old, or a recent PCR test, which may not be more than seventy-two (72) hours (three days) old. Home tests or self-tests are not acceptable.