Vaccinations

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


A primary COVID-19 vaccine series is required for all students, faculty and staff as a minimum requirement at Hofstra University. Students who are in programs with clinical or internship components may have additional requirements, based on the guidelines of the organizations with which they are placed.

Booster shots will no longer be required in light of evidence suggesting that they are less effective against the currently circulating virus variants than against previously circulating strains. However, since public health authorities advise that boosters still exhibit protection for most people from severe illness and hospitalization, we continue to recommend that everyone be boosted.

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. This ethic of care and respect for our community is one of the things that makes Hofstra University such a wonderful place.

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

Student Vaccination Information

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

UPLOADING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE SERIES IS A TWO-STEP PROCESS. YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR CARD AND INPUT THE DATES OF YOUR VACCINATION TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLIANT.

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 your 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 “Immunization”
    • The page may take up to 30 seconds to load
  • You will see blue boxes, click on the “COVID Vaccines” box to open it
  • 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.

While a booster shot is not currently required, please share with us any booster shot you have received so we can monitor public health. 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

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 “Immunization”

• The page may take up to 30 seconds to load

• You will see blue boxes, click on the “COVID Vaccines” box to open it

• 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.

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: 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. Booster shots will no longer be required in light of evidence suggesting that they are less effective against the currently circulating virus variants than against previously circulating strains. However, since public health authorities advise that boosters still exhibit protection for most people from severe illness and hospitalization, we continue to recommend that everyone be boosted.
Q: Does Hofstra require the booster shot?
As of July 2022, booster shots will no longer be required in light of evidence suggesting that they are less effective against the currently circulating virus variants than against previously circulating strains. However, since public health authorities advise that boosters still exhibit protection for most people from severe illness and hospitalization, we continue to strongly recommend that everyone be boosted. Boosters are widely available and continue to be offered to students through Student Health Services by visiting Hofstra.edu/Medicat or calling (516) 463-6745.  This change in policy may not apply to students or faculty who are in programs with clinical or internship components. If this applies to you, it is your responsibility to check with these programs.
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, information regarding both medical and religious vaccination exemptions 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.  Visit National CDC Vaccine Finder to find a vaccine appointment near you.
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
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.

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 a University approved exemption, and upload proof of the vaccination within seven days of when they become eligible. 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, you may upload a copy of proof from your vaccination provider. Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.

Employees are required to submit proof of full vaccination, by uploading completed CDC COVID Vaccination Record cards to the Hofstra portal (see instructions below). Please upload any booster shots as you receive them so we can continue to track the health of our community.

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

Please visit the employee protocols page for more information.

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 Vaccination/Booster Information

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, 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.