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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines are a longstanding medical and public health tool used to control infectious disease. Public health officials recommend vaccine as an important step to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. We all benefit from vaccination, and Ithaca College students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease and we strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and affiliates to do the same.

COVID-19 Vaccination Card Submission

Thank you for being vaccinated against COVID-19 disease! Once you have completed your vaccine series, please submit a legible copy of your vaccination card as follows:

  • Students*: please complete the steps below to submit your vaccine information to the Hammond Health Center:
    • STEP 1: Proceed to the MYICHealth Login Portal
    • STEP 2: Log in using Netpass Username, Password, and Date of Birth confirmation
    • STEP 3: Navigate to "Medical Clearances" tab on left side menu.
    • STEP 4: Select "COVID-19 Vaccine" and select the "Update" button.
    • STEP 5: Upload pictures (front and back) of your completed vaccine card.
    • STEP 6: Enter the date(s) you received your vaccine doses and select name of vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) from the dropdown menu.

Hammond Health Center staff will review all vaccine information submitted by students and will mark the submission once it has been verified. This verification process may take 1-3 business days following submission.

Students can utilize their personal Hammond Health Center web portal to track their compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine and all other medical compliances for the fall semester.

DEADLINE FOR NEW STUDENTS TO SUBMIT THEIR COVID-19 VACCINE DOCUMENTATION IS July 29th, 2022.

* For the few students unable to obtain the vaccine due to medical/disability, please complete the form at the bottom of this page to request an exemption from the Ithaca College requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

  • Faculty/Staff/Affiliates: please submit your COVID-19 vaccine information to the Office of Human Resources by completing this form.

Important Reminders for NEW Students

Ithaca College REQUIRES that all enrolled students for the 2022-23 academic year (fall, winter, and spring semesters) MUST receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully immunized PRIOR to their arrival for the spring semester. Students who have not submitted vaccine documentation to the Hammond Health Center and have not received a college-approved exception to this requirement WILL NOT be able to complete move-in and/or participate in spring classes/extracurricular activities. 

**IMPORTANT REMINDER**

You are not considered fully immunized for COVID-19 until 14-plus days following your FINAL vaccine dose. If you have received a two-dose (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine series, this will occur 14 days following your SECOND vaccine dose. You must receive both a FIRST and SECOND DOSE in order for it to be counted.

About the Vaccine

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 vaccines and the benefits of vaccination. Please be aware that the Pfizer (approved for age 12 and older) and Moderna (approved for age 18 and older) vaccines require that you receive two doses to be fully immunized; whereas, the Johnson & Johnson (approved for age 18 and older) vaccine requires one dose. You may not have a choice of which vaccine that you receive as it may depend upon what a specific vaccine clinic has available. The following organizations maintain extensive resources on their webpages regarding COVID-19 vaccines:

The vaccine is strongly recommended for Ithaca College employees. Students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.

International students may receive any WHO (World Health Organization) approved vaccine in their home country and submit their vaccination card as listed above. 

Vaccine Eligibility

All individuals over the age of 12 who live, work, or go to school in New York State are eligible for a vaccine.

Vaccine Exemption

For the few students unable to obtain the vaccine due to medical/disability, please complete the form below to request an exemption from the Ithaca College requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19: 

To request for a medical/disability exemption please use this form.

Ithaca College will also be offering an exemption to COVID-19 vaccination for any student who may have a sincerely held religious belief. Please complete the form below to request an exemption from the Ithaca College requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19:

To request an exemption for a sincerely held religious belief please use this form.

*The deadline for requesting a sincerely held religious belief exemption is June 24th, 2022*

We encourage students to educate themselves about the benefits of vaccination and weigh any concerns related to vaccination against the possibility of contracting COVID-19 disease, which can result in severe illness or hospitalization even for younger populations. Students should be aware that the widespread surveillance testing program that was available during the spring 2021 semester will not be offered in the same way during the 2021-2022 academic year. Unvaccinated students will be required to comply with all health and safety protocols, which may differ from those applicable to vaccinated students. For the health and safety of the campus community, unvaccinated students may be subject to additional restrictions regarding participation in certain activities or events.

Frequently Asked Questions After Vaccination

We greatly appreciate that you are vaccinated to protect yourself against developing severe COVID-19 disease, and to benefit the broader community by contributing to bringing the pandemic under control.

Effective September 13, vaccinated students and employees accessing campus will be randomly selected throughout the semester for testing. Individuals who are randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing will receive a direct message to their IC email address on Monday morning of each week notifying them of their selection.

Effective July 30, vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings in all indoor locations on campus regardless of vaccination status. In outdoor locations, unvaccinated individuals must wear a face covering where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Individuals accessing campus must adhere to all other required public health measures in effect. 

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated. (You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all of the above criteria must continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Please note that the Tompkins County Health Department (or appropriate health department based on your residence) makes the final determination about quarantine, and not Ithaca College.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that vaccinated individuals exposed to a positive case seek COVID-19 testing within 3-5 days after the exposure, even if asymptomatic. 

Yes, once you are vaccinated please complete the steps below to submit your vaccine information to the Hammond Health Center:

  • STEP 1: Proceed to the MYICHealth Login Portal
  • STEP 2: Log in using Netpass Username, Password, and Date of Birth confirmation
  • STEP 3: Navigate to "Medical Clearances" tab on left side menu.
  • STEP 4: Select "COVID-19 Vaccine" and select the "Update" button.
  • STEP 5: Upload pictures (front and back) of your completed vaccine card.
  • STEP 6: Enter the date(s) you received your vaccine doses and select name of vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) from the dropdown menu.

While you are not required to send your vaccination card to the college, it is helpful in the contact tracing process should you be exposed. Individuals meeting CDC criteria may be exempt from needing to quarantine. New recommendations from the CDC encourage testing between day 3-5 after exposure to a positive case, even if  vaccinated and asymptomatic. We recommend that you keep your original vaccination card in a safe place at home.

If a student obtains a WHO-approved vaccine and meets the definition of fully vaccinated (over 14 days since series completion), they are considered fully vaccinated. Per CDC guidance, they do not have to quarantine if exposed to a positive case if asymptomatic. New recommendations from the CDC encourage testing between day 3-5 after exposure to a positive case, even if  vaccinated and asymptomatic.

Students who have received a WHO-approved vaccine (both doses, if it's a two-dose series) do not need to be re-vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine, per the CDC.