Booster Shot Requirement

On Dec. 31, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul expanded the SUNY vaccination mandate to require COVID-19 boosters for all students.

All students who will be regularly accessing campus facilities and are currently eligible for a booster must receive their booster as soon as possible. This requirement does not apply to students who will be fully remote for the spring semester.

Eligibility

You are eligible for a booster if:

  • You received the second dose of a Moderna vaccine at least six months ago OR
  • You received the second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least five months ago OR
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Students who are currently eligible for a booster but have not yet received their dose must get one by Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in order to attend classes in-person, access campus facilities or live in a residence hall this spring.

Students who are not currently eligible for a booster will be required to receive a booster shot within 30 days of eligibility in order to continue to access campus facilities, attend in-person classes or live on campus.

If you wish to apply for a religious or medical exemption/accommodation to this requirement, please contact Kim Irland, Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, at kirland@nccc.edu.

Proof of Booster Vaccination

Once you have received your booster shot, please submit proof to healthrecords@nccc.edu. A copy or photo of your vaccination record showing your name and date of the booster dose is sufficient.

Booster Clinics

COVID-19 boosters can be obtained from local pharmacies, healthcare facilities and county public health departments, some of which require appointments. See where to get a booster near you. These links are updated regularly:

Testing Requirement

Additionally, all students with an in-person presence will be required to participate in COVID-19 arrival testing for the spring semester. This testing will take place at each campus during the first week of classes. More information on dates, times and testing locations will be provided prior to the start of the semester. Alternatively, students may take a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival on campus and submit the test result to Tara Smith, Campus Safety Monitor, at tara.smith@nccc.edu.

Periodic surveillance testing of students, regardless of vaccination status, will take place during the spring semester. A schedule will be posted.

Stay Vigilant

All members of the college community are reminded that, regardless of vaccination status, proper-fitting face masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus unless you are actively eating or drinking. It is critically important that we adhere to these protocols for everyone’s safety.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 caseloads, transmission rates and public health guidelines. Any changes to our Spring 2022 plans and policies will be published on our website and communicated to our campus community via college email.

Thank you for doing everything you can to keep the college community healthy and safe, and best wishes to you for a successful spring semester.