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. Please read the full announcement on this page.

Important Notifications - Vaccination
  • 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 for medical reasons or based on religious or other strongly held personal beliefs.

    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 Deadline Has Passed

The reporting deadline for the COVID-19 vaccination program was August 1. If you have not yet submitted your COVID-19 vaccination record OR requested an exemption, please do so immediately.

 

Upload your Vaccination Record

Submit your vaccination record to CoVerified after your final dose. Click here for instructions in myCharger (login required).

If you already submitted your vaccination record, be sure your record has 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.

WHO-Approved Vaccines:

  • J&J/Janssen
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Astra Zeneca
  • CoViShield
  • Sinopharm

 


COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions - Updated August 16

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