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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 STUDENTS TO SUBMIT THEIR COVID-19 VACCINE DOCUMENTATION IS JULY 19, 2021.

* 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. For students seeking an exemption due to sincerely held religious beliefs, the submission window for these exemption requests has closed, as those requests were due by July 19, 2021.

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

Important Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines for Students

Ithaca College REQUIRES that all enrolled students for the 2021-22 academic year (fall, winter, and spring semesters) MUST receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully immunized PRIOR to their arrival for the fall 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 fall 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.

**UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES**

  • JUNE 14-20 | Students who are receiving a two-dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) should plan to receive their first dose no later than this week.
  • JULY 18 | Students who are receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should plan to receive their dose by this date.
  • JULY 19 | Deadline for students to submit vaccine documentation to Hammond Health Center at healthcenter@ithaca.edu.

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.

Notifications about Tompkins County Vaccination Clinics

To receive local updates from the Tompkins County Health Department regarding COVID-19 and vaccine distribution in our community:

Vaccine Distribution and Appointments

On Campus

There are currently no on-campus clinics scheduled. Please place your name on the Tompkins County Vaccine Registry to be notified when local appointments become available.

Tompkins County "pop up" Sites

We strongly encourage that you place your name on the Tompkins County Vaccine Registry to be notified when local pop up site walk-in or appointments become available. This registry is only for those who have not received a first dose elsewhere. If you received a first dose elsewhere and require a second dose, please use the Second Dose Notification system instead. Please DO NOT call Cayuga Health System or Tompkins County Health Department requesting an appointment.

Once you receive your first dose of the vaccine, they will schedule your second dose at the same time. You will not need to re-register for an appointment to receive your second dose. 

Tompkins County Pharmacies Serving as Vaccination Sites

Most local pharmacies offer walk-in or registration for vaccination appointments.

New york State Vaccination Clinics

All individuals over the age of 12 who live, work, or go to school in New York State can walk-in or register for appointments at the New York State vaccination clinic sites. 

FIND AN APPOINTMENT NEAR YOU

Check out the vaccine finder tool for more information on how to secure a vaccine appointment near you.

Vaccine Exemption

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

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 fall 2021 semester. 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. 

Requests for sincerely held religious belief exemptions were due by July 19, 2021.

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.

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.

Individuals may experience an immune response after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Symptoms can range from mild to relatively robust symptoms. If you are experiencing mild symptoms but are able to report to class or work, these symptoms will present challenges when completing the Daily Health Screening. If you were feeling fine the day before your second dose, and then the next day or two after getting the vaccine are experiencing symptoms consistent with that second dose (e.g., fatigue, chills, body aches, or sore arm), when completing the Daily Health Screening you can say “no” to having COVID-19 symptoms and report to class or work as long as you feel that you are able to do so successfully.

If you are a student attending class or activities on campus, and then begin to experience additional or heightened symptoms, please return to your residence hall/apartment or off-campus living arrangement and contact Hammond Health Center at 607-274-3177.

If you are an employee that has reported to work, and then begin to experience additional or heightened symptoms, please alert your supervisor so that they can determine next steps which may include that you must leave campus for the remainder of the day.

If your symptoms are significant, please do not proceed to class or work, and fill out your Daily Health Screening accordingly. If a student, schedule an appointment with Hammond Health Center at 607-274-3177. If an employee, schedule an appointment with the telemedicine provider or your own health provider, and let your supervisor know.

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.

Since those who receive a WHO-approved vaccine are considered fully vaccinated.

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.

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. Requirements can be found on the CDC website for international travelers.
  • New York State no longer requires the Traveler Health Form.
  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • All international travelers must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test between days 3-5 after their arrival. A PCR test is different from a COVID-19 antigen test, so please ensure you are getting a PCR test.
  • Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days are exempt from testing. Please provide a copy of your test to healthcenter@ithaca.edu

DURING TRAVEL

ITHACA COLLEGE COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

  • To meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Ithaca College is accepting all WHO-approved vaccines. You are considered "fully vaccinated" two (2) weeks (14 days) after your final vaccine dose.

QUARANTINE INFORMATION

  • Unvaccinated students traveling from an international location must quarantine for 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated students living off campus must independently arrange for quarantine and testing at their own cost.
  • If an unvaccinated student wishes to quarantine on their own or at a relative's, this will be permitted. If choosing this option, the testing costs will be your responsibility. Please send your quarantine plans and your arrival test results to healthcenter@ithaca.edu.
  • Unvaccinated students staying in residential halls or campus apartments are eligible to quarantine in Emerson Hall. To arrange for on campus quarantine, please contact caremanager@ithaca.edu by August 2, 2021. Upon arrival, students will proceed directly to Emerson Hall to begin their quarantine period. Ithaca College will provide students approved to quarantine in Emerson Hall with the required testing between days 3-5. Linens, meals, and 24-hour support will be offered for each student.
  • Individuals not fully vaccinated must adhere to Ithaca College health and safety protocols.
  • Upon the completion of the 7-day quarantine period and having received a negative test result from days 3-5, students will be able to proceed to their fall housing assignments or access campus and the broader Ithaca community if quarantining in an off campus location.
  • Students will continue to test weekly until their 2-week post vaccination period and they are considered fully vaccinated.