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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. You will benefit from vaccination, but until we achieve a high level of vaccination within our community, plan to test and abide by all required public health measures.

COVID-19 Vaccination Card Submission

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

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 16 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 accessing campus during the summer and for the fall 2021 semester are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease.

Vaccine Eligibility

All individuals over the age of 16 who live, work, or go to school in New York State are eligible for the vaccine.

Vaccine Supply

There is ample supply of vaccine available in Tompkins County currently. Please sign up for notifications as described below and use the New York State or applicable pharmacy site to register for appointments.

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 and we have no information at this time whether that will be possible prior to the end of the semester. There is vaccine available in the community. Please place your name on the Tompkins County Vaccine Registry to be notified when local appointments become available.

Tompkins County Vaccination Site

We strongly encourage that you place your name on the Tompkins County Vaccine Registry to be notified when local appointments become available. This is only for people who have not already received their first dose elsewhere - you cannot use the registry to obtain your second dose of the vaccine. When local appointments become available, they will notify you and you will be required to register for an appointment as walk-ins are not permitted. 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. Students who have received a first dose of the vaccine at home will need to return to the same location to receive their second dose. Students who are traveling to a location to obtain the vaccine where they are remaining overnight must complete the Emergency Travel Request form. The form does not need to be completed if you are able to travel directly to your vaccine appointment and back to Tompkins County in the same day.

The primary vaccination clinic for Tompkins County is located at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, in the old Sears store at the back of the mall near the movie theater (40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca NY 14850). 

Tompkins County Pharmacies Serving as Vaccination Sites

CVS PharmacyKinney Drugs, Walgreens, and Wegmans are offering vaccination appointments when vaccine supply is available.

New york State Vaccination Clinics

All individuals over the age of 16 who live, work, or go to school in New York State can register for appointments at the New York State vaccination clinic sites if appointments are available. Students do not need to complete an Emergency Travel Request form if they are able to go directly to the vaccine appointment and back the same day.

Student Emergency Travel Requests

We will no longer require that students who are leaving Tompkins County for a few hours, only for the purpose of obtaining their COVID-19 vaccine, to submit an Emergency Travel Request form. The expectation is that students are going directly to their vaccine appointment and returning to the campus. Students who are traveling to a location to obtain the vaccine where they are remaining overnight must complete the Emergency Travel Request form. 

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. Students who are fully vaccinated are exempt from surveillance testing provided the following conditions are met:

  1. You must be a non-athlete. Athletes MUST continue to participate in surveillance testing even if vaccinated. There will be no change to the required two times per week testing for varsity athletes (this does not apply to students participating in club or intramural sports). The twice weekly testing frequency must be continued to comply with Liberty League competition rules as well as our Return to Sport Guidelines approved by the Tompkins County Health Department. Athletes should continue to submit your tests to a blue collection bin before 11:30 am on your regular Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule.
     
  2. You must be fully immunized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently defines full immunization as two weeks after your final dose. This means:

    a.) If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, this will be two weeks after your dose.

    b.) If you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, this will be two weeks after your second dose.

    c.) Being vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved for use internationally, but NOT in the United States (e.g., AstraZeneca), will not exempt you from surveillance testing at this time. You must have received the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine in order to be eligible.
     

  3. Your immunization card must be on record with Hammond Health. Once fully immunized, submit your card to Hammond Health Center at healthcenter@ithaca.edu. You may cease surveillance testing and your IC Health Badge will be adjusted accordingly two weeks after your final vaccine dose.
     
  4. You must be asymptomatic. You are required to continue completing the Daily Health Screening that you receive from the Center for Counseling, Health, and Wellness. This will keep your IC Health Badge “green.” Should you become symptomatic for COVID-19, please contact Hammond Health Center to schedule an appointment for testing. 

Even when vaccinated, you must maintain all other public health requirements like completing the Daily Health Screening, wearing face coverings, maintaining six feet of physical distance and avoiding gatherings, and practicing good hand hygiene.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their guidance that 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.)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 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.

Students do not need to complete the Emergency Travel Request form if they are able to travel directly to their vaccine appointment and back in the same day.

Students must complete the Emergency Travel Request form prior to traveling for your vaccine if you must go outside of Tompkins County and remain overnight. Please complete this form at least two weeks in advance if possible. If you are required to remain overnight, then you must complete the re-entry process which includes a negative test with Hammond Health Center. Depending upon your day and time of arrival, this may require quarantine in Emerson Hall for residential students or in your independent living arrangement for off campus students. 

Yes, once you are vaccinated please scan or take a picture of your vaccination card and email it to healthcenter@ithaca.edu so that we may update your vaccination records. This will also expedite the process should you be named a close contact of a positive case, so that we are able to work more quickly with the health department to assess whether or not quarantine will be required.

While you are not required to send your vaccination card to the college, fully vaccinated employees will be exempted from surveillance testing if the following conditions are met:

  1. You must be fully immunized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently defines full immunization as two weeks after your final dose. This means:

    a.) If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, this will be two weeks after your dose.

    b.) If you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, this will be two weeks after your second dose.

    c.) Being vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved for use internationally, but NOT in the United States (e.g., AstraZeneca), will not exempt you from surveillance testing at this time. You must have received the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine in order to be eligible.
     

  2. Your immunization card must be on record with the Office of Human Resources. Once fully immunized, upload a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card here. The Office of Human Resources will email approval when you may cease surveillance testing.
     
  3. You must be asymptomatic. You are required to continue completing the Daily Health Screening. Should you become symptomatic for COVID-19, you must not come to campus until you seek medical advice from the Cayuga Health System's telemedicine service or your own health care provider. 

Even if you send your card to Human Resources, please keep the card in a safe place so that you are able to provide the information to the contact tracer or health department should you be named a close contact of a positive case. Individuals meeting the CDC criteria described above may be exempt from needing to quarantine.

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.