Vaccinations

As we continue to plan for a return to normal campus operations and given the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines, the University has decided to require all students who are part of the on-campus community to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall semester.

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.

At present, the three vaccines authorized for use (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are readily available, and we are able to assist any students in locating a vaccine site.

All of the scientific data confirms the health benefits to you and others once you are vaccinated. We also are strongly encouraging every member of our campus community to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and are asking all employees provide their proof of vaccination.

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

Together we must each do our part to make our campus as safe as possible.

Students can upload proof of their vaccination through the Medicat system.

Employees can upload proof of their vaccination through the Hofstra portal.

 

Vaccination FAQ

Q: Why are you requiring students get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A:  Our focus is on bringing our community back together, on campus, while still following public health guidance in the fall. The best way to do that is by doing everything we can to ensure the entire community is vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective weapon we have to end this pandemic. Vaccination has been shown to significantly decrease your risk of COVID-19, to reduce the chance of severe disease, and to provide us with an opportunity to move beyond the pandemic. Hofstra’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will not only create a safer and more active campus, it will also contribute to society-wide immunity to the coronavirus.
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: Please consult with your health care provider to determine your best options about vaccination before your arrival. If you arrive for the fall semester unvaccinated, we will have information available to help you get a vaccine and separate housing facilities, with testing, pending your full vaccination.
Q: How do I request a medical or religious exemption?
A: Exemptions will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis for religious or medical reasons. For more information, go to hofstra.edu/vaxexemption
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 extracurricular or other program activities on 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. The University is encouraging all members of the campus community to get vaccinated, but only those who are part of the on-campus community – meaning they need access to the campus or a University building – are subject to the vaccine requirement.
Q: When am I considered fully vaccinated?
A: 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.
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: Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality, and have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. Any minor, temporary side effects are an indication that the vaccine is working.
Q: What are the most common side-effects after getting the vaccine?
A: 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.
Q: How much does the vaccine cost?
Do I need insurance to get one? A: No, the vaccine is free and no insurance is required to get it.
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:

Upload your Vaccination Status

STUDENTS | EMPLOYEES

STUDENTS:

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 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.

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

EMPLOYEES:

The University is strongly encouraging employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine to minimize the risk of infectious disease in our workplace.

To that end, we are requesting that all employees who have been fully vaccinated to provide their proof of vaccination. This information will remain confidential and within the Office of Human Resources and will assist us in better understanding the overall percentage of our employee population that have been fully vaccinated.

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, we ask that you 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. Click on the COVID-19 Vaccination Icon under “MyHR”. Note: If you received the two-dose series, please wait until you have received your second dose before uploading any information.
  4. Choose the manufacturer of your one or two-dose series vaccine.
  5. Enter the dose date of your vaccination(s).
  6. Upload the image of your vaccination card.
  7. Click Submit.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-6526.