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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

St. Francis College requires that all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of coming to campus and accessing College buildings (including the residence hall) during the 2021-2022 academic year. At this time, please note that the College is also strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff who are eligible for a booster to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and upload proof by January 18, 2022; students, faculty and staff who are not eligible by January 18, 2022 are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof as soon as they become eligible. New students who will start classes in Fall 2022 must also upload a separate Proof of Vaccination form.

General Guidelines for Community

Safety & Health Measures

Vaccine Requirements for Students

Proof of vaccination must be uploaded in order to access campus. SFC has created a process to enable students to upload proof of vaccination.

Students may seek an exemption from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Students requesting an exemption due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a completed the Spring 2022 Proof of Vaccination form and/or the Fall 2022 Proof of Vaccination Form and indicate their exemption request on it.

They will then need to complete a Request for Accommodation form and supporting documentation. Please contact Caitlin McGuire and the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations if you have any questions.
Safety & Health Measures

Vaccine Requirements for Faculty & Staff

SFC continues to require that all its employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus during the Spring 2022 semester. All faculty and staff must upload Proof of Vaccination form. Employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to enter campus. Exemptions for medical and religious reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. No unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employee will be permitted on campus unless he or she has an approved medical or religious exemption from SFC.
For Students, Faculty, and Staff

COVID-19 Booster

Against a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates, the new Omicron variant, and revised public health guidance, the College continues to strongly encourage all SFC eligible students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus in Spring 2022. Getting a booster is important to combating the spread of COVID-19 and is an essential part of our health and safety plan for the Spring 2022 Semester.

Students, faculty and staff who are eligible for a booster are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof by January 18, 2022; students, faculty and staff who are not eligible by January 18, 2022 are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof as soon as they become eligible (within 7 days).

Medical or Religious Exemption Process

Students may be granted an exemption from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement via medical exemption or religious exemption. Here is the process for requesting an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Students are encouraged to begin the interactive accommodation process as soon as possible. Accommodations may be granted where they do not cause the College undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

All students requesting a COVID-19 vaccination exemption must complete the Proof of Vaccination form and indicate their exemption request on it. Once that is complete, they must follow these steps:

Medical Exemption

  1. Complete the Medical Exemption Request Form (PDF)
  2. Complete and submit a Request for Accommodation form and upload the Medical Exemption Request Form (PDF). You may also email the Medical Exemption Request Form to [email protected].

Religious Exemption

  1. Complete the Religious Exemption Request Form (PDF)
  2. Complete and submit a Request for Accommodation form and upload the Religious Exemption Request Form (PDF). You may also email the Religious Exemption Request Form to [email protected].

Requests for exemption from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement will not be considered fully submitted until both the Request for Accommodation form and the applicable COVID-19 vaccine exemption request form have been received by OAA.

Please contact Caitlin McGuire, MSW, Assistant Director of Accessibility and Accommodations at [email protected] or 718-489-2047 with any questions regarding this process.

Confidentiality and Retention of Records

The information you provide will be used to prevent and respond to the presence of COVID-19 on campus and to comply with federal, state, local, and College public health guidelines. The information will be maintained confidentially and in accordance with all applicable laws and public health regulations.

Please note that our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations continues to evolve, and SFC will continue to monitor and rely on the most up-to-date scientific information, public health guidelines, and federal, state and local requirements available to make informed decisions about College operations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I qualify for COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

Exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate may be granted to students who have a documented medical condition that prohibits them from receiving the vaccine or to students who have a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. All exemption requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require documentation.

What documentation am I required to submit?

For medical exemption requests, documentation should be from a licensed medical provider and should specify the medical diagnosis and explanation for why you are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please ensure that documentation includes medical provider’s contact information, license number, and signature. For religious exemption requests, students should provide a written statement of at least 250 words attesting that their sincerely held religious beliefs prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I be approved exemption without documentation?

No. Please note that exemption requests will not be reviewed until appropriate documentation is provided.

When will I hear back about submitting exemption?

Once your request and documentation are submitted, please allow at least one week for a response. You will be contacted via email when a decision about your request has been made.

What steps can I take if exemption request denied?

If your exemption request is denied, you may appeal the decision by following the accommodation request appeals process outlined below:

If a student believes that they have not been provided with a reasonable accommodation based on access or reasonable consideration, the student should direct their concern via email to Dean Monica Michalski ([email protected]) within three weeks of notification of denial of their accommodation request. The student should provide, in writing, the nature of the concern and any other relevant information to their case.

Dean Michalski will confer with necessary stakeholders, including the student and OAA, to make a determination about the appeal. The student will be notified via email about the outcome of the appeal within ten business days of appeal submission. The determination reached by Dean Michalski at the conclusion of the appeals process is final.

How to Upload Your CDC Vaccination Card?

By August 1, 2021, students planning to come to College buildings (including the residence hall) during the 2021-22 academic year are required to provide either proof of vaccination or receive an approved exemption from the requirements.

SFC has created a process to enable students to upload proof of completed vaccination using the SFC COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Portal. Please let us know if you have been vaccinated already.

Uploads of proof of vaccination are confidentially stored in the SFC COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Portal.

How to Upload Your CDC Vaccination Card:

  • Complete the Vaccination Proof Form
  • Enter your SFC user ID and password (same as your SFC email)
  • Fill out the form and upload a copy or picture of your vaccine card

Spring 2022 Campus Visitation Procedure

As part of St. Francis College College’s health and safety guidelines, all guests and event attendees (other than those covered by Key to NYC) are required to submit the Visitor Form ahead of arriving to campus and to present the results to campus security upon arrival:

  • Proof of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the visit or event. Your vaccination series is considered completed 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or 14 days after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

OR

  • Proof of negative antigen COVID-19 test taken within SIX (6) hours of the visit or event’s start time.

OR

  • Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within SEVENTY-TWO (72) hours of the visit or event’s start time.

Visitors to the Pool, Gymnasium, Genovesi Athletic Center and Cafeteria must submit:

  • Proof of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the visit or event. Your vaccination series is considered completed 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or 14 days after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
  • Those visiting these areas of the College must provide proof of vaccination and corresponding identification at the front desk of the College in order to gain entry to these covered areas. Those who do not provide proof of vaccination will not be permitted in any covered areas other than for quick and limited purposes. A negative Covid-19 test result will not be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination in College areas covered by Key to NYC (e.g. indoor entertainment and recreational settings, indoor food service, indoor gyms and fitness settings).

St. Francis College will accept documents for any guests from a healthcare provider via hard copy or electronic (mobile application, screenshot, image). SFC will also accept New York State Excelsior Pass. Please note, you do not have to be a resident of New York to use the Excelsior Pass.

Vendors and Visitors defined:
People who are not SFC students, faculty members, or other employees and who do not have an SFC ID. Visitors include prospective students, parents, spouses, children and other family members, alumni, donors, the general public, and local community members. Vendors include, among others, suppliers, contractors, and others performing work on campus.

Am I eligible for a booster if I had COVID-19?

Yes. If you have recently had a COVID-19 breakthrough infection, public health authorities recommend that you should wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine until you have completed isolation to avoid exposing others to COVID-19 and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms started. Or, if you never had symptoms, 10 days from the date you were tested.

If you are not sure whether to get a booster shot or which type of vaccine you should get for your booster, or you recently received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, talk to your health care provider.

If I had COVID-19, should I get a booster dose?

Yes, public health officials believe you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because:

  • Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.
  • Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

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