COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The University is taking comprehensive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This page will be used to provide updates to the University Community about COVID-19 vaccination.

On June 16, 2021, the University announced that COVID-19 vaccination would be required for all students, faculty, and staff who did not obtain an exemption. Effective November 15, 2021, the University aligned exemption categories for all employees – including remote employees and student employees – with that of the federal government. On January 4, 2022, the University announced that COVID-19 booster doses would be required for all students, faculty, and staff who are eligible. Please read the full announcements on this page.

Important Notifications - Vaccination

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As a reminder, all students, faculty, and staff (including remote employees, staff, or adjuncts) who are eligible are required to submit documentation of a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose by Monday, January 31. View this short video message from Dr. Santella to learn more about the benefits of getting a booster dose.

    Beginning February 1, individuals who are not fully vaccinated – including a booster if eligible – must complete weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing and will not be eligible to participate in University-sponsored travel. Failure to test at least every seven (7) days will result in becoming restricted in CoVerified.

    If you know you will not receive the booster dose by the Jan. 31 deadline, you should schedule a weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 test during the week of Feb. 1 by clicking here (myCharger login required). For instructions on how to see if your booster has been accepted in CoVerified, click here.

    Individuals who are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose are required to submit proof of receiving a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Exemptions from the booster dose requirement for medical reasons can be requested by clicking here.

    Upcoming On-Campus Booster Dose and Flu Vaccine Clinics

    Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) and Yale New Haven Health
    Saturday, January 29
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Beckerman Recreation Center, Room 205
    Pfizer-BioNTech Booster dose and flu vaccine

    Walk ins will be accepted, but registration is strongly encouraged. Login to myCharger to view registration link under "Happening on Campus."

    Griffin Health and State of Conn. Dept of Public Health
    Monday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 8
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (each day)
    Beckerman Recreation Center, Rooms 204 and 205
    COVID-19 vaccine – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna first or second dose and Janssen (J&J) – or booster dose

    Walks in will be accepted, but registration is strongly encouraged. Login to myCharger to view registration link under "Happening on Campus."

    Please send questions to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Thank you for your cooperation and continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are looking forward to starting the semester on time and in person later this month. The high COVID-19 vaccination rate in our community positions us well to continue to be able to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community and our experience as Chargers.

    We are cognizant, though, that the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant has led to a dramatic increase in COVID cases around the region and across the country. To best protect the health and well-being of our community, and to minimize the impact on those who may contract COVID-19 in the future, we have made the decision to require all students, faculty, and staff (including remote employees, staff, or adjuncts) who are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose by Monday, January 31.

    This does not affect individuals who previously received University-approved vaccination exemptions. You do not need to re-apply for an exemption.

    Booster Dose Eligibility

    Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on determining your eligibility for receiving a booster dose.

    • Moderna – Booster dose six months following final vaccine dose
    • Pfizer-BioNTech – Booster dose five months following final vaccine dose (please note this was changed from six months earlier today by the CDC)
    • Janssen (J&J) - Booster dose two months following vaccine

    While we are hopeful we will be able to host an on-campus booster clinic at some point this spring, it is not guaranteed. Those who are eligible for the booster now should not wait. We encourage you to visit vaccines.gov to find a provider near you and get your booster dose as soon as possible, in advance of the January 31 deadline.

    Those eligible to receive a booster who have not uploaded proof of their booster dose to CoVerified by January 31 will be listed as restricted in CoVerified and will not be able to access University facilities or be permitted to be on campus until documentation of a booster dose is accepted.

    What if I am not currently eligible for a booster dose?

    Individuals who are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose are required to submit proof of receiving a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Required arrival COVID-19 test for students without a booster dose

    As a reminder, students whose booster documentation has not been submitted and accepted in CoVerified 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus will be required to have a COVID-19 test upon arriving on campus.

    COVID-19 arrival tests for students will be administered on campus January 13-15 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day) and January 17-20 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day). Please see the full schedule lower on this webpage, under the heading "Return to Campus Process for Spring 2022."

    Residential students must get their arrival test before returning to their University housing, and commuter students must get their arrival test before attending their first class.

    Please keep an eye out for a message in the coming days about the health and safety measures that will be in place for the Spring semester. Thank you for your cooperation and continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • In conjunction with Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which supports the federal government’s Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan, institutions employing federal contractors and/or receiving federal contracts must adhere to new worker safety protocols that are being put in place to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Failure to comply with these guidelines could jeopardize the University’s status as a federal contractor and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants and contracts the University has received.

    For that reason, effective November 15, 2021, the University will align exemption categories with that of the federal government. Going forward, only two vaccination exemptions will be allowed for all employees, including remote employees, and student employees. Those exemption categories are:

    • Medical OR
    • Religious beliefs

    Any employee, including remote employees, and student employees, who received a vaccination exemption will need to reapply for an exemption based on the categories listed above or provide proof of being fully vaccinated -- or verification of starting the vaccination process -- by Monday, November 29.

    Those intending to be vaccinated must schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine dose, then submit a request for a temporary exemption, which lists the date of their first vaccination appointment, by Monday, November 29.

    By Monday, December 20, individuals must upload to CoVerified documentation of receiving their final vaccine dose. Per CDC guidelines, individuals will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days following their last vaccine dose. (Please note that remote employees must change their status in CoVerified in order to upload their vaccination documentation. A step-by-step guide is available on myCharger.)

    The requirement for wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, will continue as long as community COVID-19 transmission in New Haven County is categorized as “substantial” or “high” as defined by the CDC.

    Individuals on campus who are not fully vaccinated must continue to fulfill their weekly testing requirement until they are considered fully vaccinated, or they will be restricted in CoVerified. When on campus, individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) and observe six feet of physical distance at all times. (Please note that the six-foot distancing requirement has been amended from the previous three-foot distancing requirement.) Adhering to the six-foot physical distancing requirement will be incumbent upon the individual to ensure compliance.

      
  • Dear Members of the University Community, 

    Last week, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 booster vaccines. They also allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots. To find a vaccine site near you, please visit this website.

    Individuals who received Pfizer-BioNTech as their primary series 6+ months earlier are eligible for a booster if they are: 

    Individuals who received Moderna as their primary series 6+ months earlier are eligible for a booster if they are: 

    Individuals who received Janssen (J&J) as their primary vaccine are eligible for a booster if they are: 

    • 18+ years old, and 
    • at least two months out from their primary dose 

    If you do receive a booster vaccine, please DO NOT upload your updated vaccine card to CoVerified. When we are ready to receive those submissions, we will let you know. If you have additional questions about booster vaccines, please consult with your primary care provider. 

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community. 

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
        Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
        COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

         

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
        Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
        COVID Task Force Co-Chair

      
  • Dear Residential Students,

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for who is eligible to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to include individuals over the age of 18 who live in housing on a college or University campus.

    Note that individuals who received Moderna or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines for their primary doses are not included in the current CDC recommendations for booster doses.

    If you do receive a Pfizer booster vaccine, please DO NOT upload your updated vaccine card to CoVerified. When we are ready to receive those submissions, we will let you know. If you have additional questions about booster vaccines, please consult with your primary care provider.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    COVID-19 vaccine providers in Connecticut may begin administration of Pfizer booster doses in line with the FDA emergency-use authorization and current CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends:

    • People aged 65 years and older and residents in long-term-care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six (6) months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
    • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six (6) months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
    • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six (6) months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risk
    • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six (6) months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risk. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The CDC identifies education staff, including higher education employees, in this category. See Table 2)

    Note that individuals who received Moderna or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines for their primary doses are not included in the current CDC recommendations for booster doses. If you do receive a Pfizer booster vaccine, please DO NOT upload your updated vaccine card to CoVerified. When we are ready to receive those submissions, we will let you know. If you have additional questions about booster vaccines, please consult with your primary care provider.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
        Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
        COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

         

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
        Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
        COVID Task Force Co-Chair

      
  • Dear International Students,

    The University of New Haven, based on the latest guidance from the American College Health Association, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. All students must upload their vaccination record to CoVerified by August 1. Details on how to request a vaccination exemption are listed below.

    International students who have returned home for the summer (returning students), or who have not yet come to the United States to study (new students), and cannot acquire a World Health Organization-approved vaccine in their home country will be able to access the vaccine when they arrive to the United States. For questions about getting the vaccine in Connecticut, please emailHealthServices@newhaven.edu.

    Any members of our community who are not yet fully vaccinated (defined at two weeks past your final vaccine dose) must wear a face covering while on campus and participate in weekly testing until they are fully vaccinated. Once you are fully vaccinated, you must upload your vaccination documentation to CoVerified.

    If you arrive in the United States without being fully vaccinated, you must be vaccinated or granted a vaccination exemption within six weeks of the start of the academic year.

    Individuals who do not provide proof of vaccination or who have not been granted a vaccination exemption will not be permitted on campus.

    Exemptions for Vaccine Requirement

    Students may apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical reasons or based on religious or other strongly held personal beliefs.

    Unvaccinated students who are granted a vaccine exemption must wear a face covering on campus and complete weekly COVID-19 testing. In addition, they would, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, be required to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine if they are ever determined to be a contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    On-campus COVID-19 testing will be available for students who are granted a vaccine exemption. The cost for this weekly COVID-19 testing may be the responsibility of the unvaccinated students.

    Fully Vaccinated University Community Members

    Fully vaccinated students will be able to immerse themselves in work and learning environments featuring pre-pandemic norms for class formats, student life, and other staples of the Charger experience, including:

    • Classroom and dining hall capacity at 100 percent.
    • No limits on gathering sizes on campus.
    • No limitations on fully vaccinated current students visiting the residence halls.
    • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff would not have to wear face coverings on campus.
    • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff would not have to complete COVID-19 testing before coming to campus for the Fall 2021 semester or complete weekly COVID-19 testing.

    If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at OGISL@newhaven.edu or 203-479-4570.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Macchiarolo
    Director of Graduate & International Student Life

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We have made the decision, based on the latest guidance from the American College Health Association, to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. All students, faculty, and staff must upload their vaccination record to CoVerified by August 1. Details on how to request a vaccination exemption are listed below.

    Faculty, staff, and students whose vaccination documentation has not been accepted in CoVerified or who have not been granted a vaccination exemption will not be permitted on campus.

    We strongly believe the decision to require a COVID-19 vaccination, which was made in consultation with local, state, and federal public health guidance, is the best way to protect the health and well-being of our University community. More than 475 colleges and universities across the country – including many of our peer institutions in Connecticut – have implemented this policy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their campuses.

    Over the last several months, as the availability of vaccines has become widespread, we have seen a dramatic reduction in infection rates. In Connecticut, specifically, where more than 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the daily positivity rate is less than one percent.

    Fully vaccinated University community members

    Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be able to immerse themselves in work and learning environments featuring pre-pandemic norms for class formats, student life, and other staples of the Charger experience, including:

    • Classroom and dining hall capacity at 100 percent
    • No limits on gathering sizes on campus
    • No limitations on fully vaccinated current students visiting the residence halls
    • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff would not have to complete COVID-19 testing before coming to campus for the Fall 2021 semester or complete weekly COVID-19 testing

    Exemptions for vaccine requirement

    Faculty, staff, and students may apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement.

    Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are granted a vaccine exemption must wear a face covering on campus and complete weekly COVID-19 testing. In addition they would, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, be required to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine if they are ever determined to be a contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    On-campus COVID-19 testing will be available for students who are granted a vaccine exemption.

    Employees who are granted an exemption from vaccination will be required to submit to their own weekly COVID-19 testing results from an off-campus provider and must upload those results to CoVerified.

    Please note that exemptions will not be given to students participating in study abroad or study away programs. Exemptions may not be allowed for other special campus populations, such as clinical programs, where vaccination may be required by outside institutions and authorities.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and for your attention to this important matter.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

Reporting Deadlines for Spring 2022

The reporting deadline for the COVID-19 vaccination program for Spring 2022 was January 2. If you have not yet submitted your COVID-19 vaccination record OR requested an exemption, please do so immediately. The University community has until Jan. 31 to receive a booster dose, if eligible, and upload the booster record to CoVerified.

 

Accepted Vaccines and Boosters

Primary Series

The following FDA-approved vaccines are accepted for meeting COVID-19 vaccine requirements:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty®) — 2 doses
  • Moderna (Spikevax) — 2 doses
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen — single dose

The following WHO-approved (emergency use listing, EUL) vaccines are accepted for meeting COVID-19 vaccine requirements:

  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Covovax™
  • Covishield™
  • Covaxin®
  • Nuvaxovid™ (Novavax)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)
  • Sinopharm/BIBP

If you have received a first dose of any of the WHO/EUL listed vaccines, you must receive a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech to complete your primary series. You should then follow the booster dose guidance, listed below.

Booster Dose

On January 4, 2022, the University announced that, to be considered fully vaccinated, COVID-19 booster doses would be required for all students, faculty, and staff who are eligible:

  • 5 months after the primary series of Pfizer
  • 5 months after the primary series of Moderna
  • 2 months after the single dose of Johnson and Johnson
  • 5 months after the primary series of an EUL vaccine

After you become eligible, you have 30-days to complete the booster requirement.

International students who received a primary series in the U.S. after receiving a non-WHO approved vaccine are considered fully vaccinated and are not eligible for booster doses at this time.

 

Upload your Vaccination Record

Submit your vaccination record to CoVerified after completion of your primary series, and again after receipt of your booster dose. Click here for instructions in myCharger (login required).

If you already submitted your vaccination records, be sure your records have been accepted by going to Testing > Clipboard (upper right side) in the CoVerified app.

New students should be sure to check out the Road Map for details about signing in to Coverified for the first time.

 

Why Get Vaccinated?


COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions - Updated January 4

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