What You Need to Know About the Vaccination Requirement
After considerable research and consultation with public health experts, Keuka College will require all students and employees to complete COVID-19 vaccinations for the 2021-22 academic year and provide documentation by Aug. 13, 2021.
Limited exemptions, such as medical and religious, may be granted on a case-by-case basis, and reasonable accommodations are provided under applicable law.
Keuka College’s decision is aligned with the recommendations of the American College Health Association, which issued a statement recognizing that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way for institutions of higher education to return to a safe, robust on-campus experience for students. New York State also recommends that public and private colleges require vaccination.
How to Submit Proof of Vaccination
Proof of one dose of the J&J/Janssen or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is due no later than Aug. 13, 2021 for all students and employees.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated before the start of classes, individuals have to obtain a complete immunization (one-shot dose or second shot of two-shot dose) on or before Aug. 13, 2021.
- For the Moderna vaccine, the first dose needs to be no later than July 16.
- The Pfizer first dose must be administered by July 23.
- The J&J/Janssen single dose by Aug. 13.
Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to the Vaccination Portal on or before Aug. 13. Acceptable proof includes:
- A written certification of vaccination, such as a CDC vaccination card.
- Medical documentation showing the date and type of vaccine administered.
- Do not include any medical or genetic information with your proof of vaccination.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Anyone in the Keuka College community can request vaccination during the summer at Yates County Public Health, and receive your COVID vaccine free of charge.
- Yates County Public Health officials will also make themselves available on campus to immunize any student, faculty, staff member, or contractor. Contact the College’s Office of Health and Counseling Services at (315) 279-5368 For additional information.
- In New York state: COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free — search by ZIP code, including pharmacies. (Their websites indicate whether a walk-in is available.)
- Elsewhere in the U.S.: Vaccines.gov — text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 800-232-0233.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rigorous scientific standards. Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the FDA. Click here to see evidence for each COVID-19 vaccine and the reasoning behind the FDA’s emergency use authorizations.
Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here:
- The Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use mRNA: Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
- The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine uses a viral vector approach: Understanding Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact
Depending on the nature of your questions/concern(s), Keuka College’s Office of Health and Counseling Services can help to arrange a conversation with a health provider. You are also encouraged to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines with your own medical provider(s).
If you would like to have a confidential individualized session to learn more, please contact Health and Counseling at (315) 279-5368.
Please email [email protected] to request an exemption form. Exemption requests are due back to the Health and Counseling Center no later than Friday, July 30.
Please email [email protected] to request an exemption form. Exemption requests are due back to Human Resources no later than Friday, July 30.
Medical and religious exemption requests will be reviewed and, if appropriate, approved by health care personnel in the Health and Counseling Center (for students) or Human Resources (for employees), in consultation with appropriate campus partners.
Students and employees will only be allowed to apply for a medical exemption or a religious exemption. Philosophical, political or sociological requests for exemptions will not be reviewed or considered.
We heard our students say they need and want engaging, interactive, in-person educational and social experiences. Requiring COVID-19 vaccination will allow Keuka College to more quickly achieve these goals.
According to federal health authorities, COVID-19 vaccines have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
Getting vaccinated to prevent COVID-19 will help protect you from COVID-19, and it may also protect the people around you. Evidence suggests that vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus to others. This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk, including individuals who are immunocompromised.
Given the medical and community benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations, we determined that requiring all students to be vaccinated is the most effective way — rather than requiring everyone to social distance and wear masks — to ensure individual and community health and safety, as well as to promote quality learning.
Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S.:
Keuka College will review, on an individual basis, additional vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Yes. You will need to be vaccinated regardless of your COVID history.
Vaccination data will be securely stored in College systems that comply with regulations and best practices regarding sensitive data.
In fall of 2021, the Keuka College learning experience will be in person, including in-person courses, and a full campus and residential life experience. We understand that there are members of our Keuka College community who will seek exemption from our vaccine requirement. For those students who have approved exemptions, COVID protocols such as daily screening, masking, social distancing, weekly COVID-19 testing, etc., will continue pursuant to CDC and other applicable guidelines.
Additionally, we understand that some members of our community will feel more comfortable masking and social distancing while being vaccinated. The community will demonstrate respect and care for all individuals by supporting these personal health choices.
Students who are not fully vaccinated, who do not apply and qualify for an exemption, and/or do not present vaccination documentation will be administratively withdrawn after Sept. 29, which is 30 days after the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. Students risk forfeiture of tuition, housing, or meal plan funds.
Keuka College acknowledges the history of troubling medical interventions, on top of the long-term impacts of bias in health and medical care, that disproportionately have impacted people of color, including the impact of the COVID-19 virus on people of color in terms of severity, mortality, economic and social impact, and vaccination rates. Please review the additional information below from reliable sources that provide additional details on this issue in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine and let us know if you would like to discuss your concerns with us.
We care about your concerns and will work with you to get reliable information.
Some additional resources:
You will not know who is and who is not vaccinated. All students on campus will either be vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption. We expect and support that some people will continue wearing face masks and/or social distancing for various reasons even if vaccinated.
The College will report based on New York State requirements. Currently, there are no state requirements in place.
Unvaccinated students will be subject to routine COVID testing.
Yes. The College plans to provide quarantining/isolation space on campus for the 2021-22 school year.
Keuka College will comply with all New York State public health requirements. As of now, there are none except that unvaccinated individuals must wear masks when inside and must socially distance themselves from others. Separate rules may also be applicable to Health Services.