Adelphi continues to offer the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine to our students, faculty, staff and alumni at the Health Services Center on our Garden City campus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older on August 23, 2021. We are also offering the Pfizer vaccine booster to our community as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are 18 years or older you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot (ie: the same type you originally received or a different booster). The CDC recommendations allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots. Read more on the CDC website.

On-Site Vaccinations

Adelphi continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot to our students, faculty, staff and alumni at the Health Services Center on our Garden City campus. To schedule a vaccination or booster appointment, please contact Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 or at healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu. Individuals will be required to submit the online New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form before their appointment.

Adelphi students wearing masks while studying in the UC during COVID-19 pandemic.
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As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Long Island, New York state and the nation, Adelphi University announced on December 22, updates to its COVID-19 safety policies. These include a change to the criteria for being fully vaccinated to include a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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Dear Adelphi Community,  On November 19, 2021 the U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance on booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to permit everyone over the age of 18 to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if they are…

Vaccine Requirements and FAQs for Students

Effective July 26, 2021, Adelphi University required all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Effective December 22, 2021, Adelphi University additionally required all students to receive a COVID-19 booster shot by January 21, 2022 or within seven days of becoming eligible for a booster.

Eligibility is determined in accordance with the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Six months after the second dose of a Moderna vaccine
  • Five months after the second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
  • Two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Adelphi has continued to monitor the science and data regarding the spread of COVID-19. Our decision is based on the changing public health landscape and scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in preventing the spread of the virus:

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on current  COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
  • Scientific evidence shows the benefits of vaccination. It supports the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to protect those who are vaccinated and to help prevent the further spread of the virus.
  • The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), which spreads more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

Adelphi University’s vaccine and booster requirements apply to all current Adelphi students and Nassau Community College students living in Adelphi residence halls.

Your COVID-19 vaccine must be currently authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes those vaccines currently authorized for emergency use in the United States (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson).

On December 23, 2021, Adelphi expanded the criteria for full vaccination requirements to include a booster dose of the vaccine within seven days of becoming eligible.

Eligibility is determined in accordance with the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Six months after the second dose of a Moderna vaccine
  • Five months after the second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
  • Two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The original definition of fully vaccinated was: two weeks after administration of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks after administration of a single dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).

Yes. Once you receive your booster, follow the same steps as with your proof of vaccination:

Visit the Health Portal on e-campus and follow the instructions to upload.. Your documents will be securely stored and become part of your confidential health record.

As an alternative, proof can be emailed or faxed to the Health Services Center at the following:

If you encounter any problems or need assistance with submitting your documentation, please reach out to the Health Services Center at healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu or 516.877.6000.

Contact Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 or healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu immediately, unless you already have an approved exemption for medical or religious purposes.

If you are fully remote or in an online degree program, you are exempt from this policy. If you visit campus for any reason, you will be required to show proof of vaccination or wear a mask at all times.

If you are not in compliance with the University’s immunization policy, you will receive alerts and reminders to submit proof of vaccination. If you remain non-compliant beyond the indicated deadlines or any University-approved grace period, you will not be permitted on campus, which may impact your enrollment in classes.

You can submit a request for exemption from this policy. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions will be required to follow established health and safety protocols at Adelphi and must agree to regular testing protocols in place at the University.

If you have an approved medical or religious exemption and are unvaccinated, you will be required to abide by all health and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals in order to be allowed to participate in in-person learning and activities:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You must agree to and comply with regular testing protocols in place at the University.

If you do not have an approved exemption and do not want to get vaccinated, you will not be allowed on campus or in Adelphi learning centers for the academic year 2021–2022. Please reach out to the Office of Academic Services and Retention at oasr@adelphi.edu to discuss what options might be possible for you, depending on your course of study.

Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine and booster to you free of charge.

Call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus and to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you must upload your proof to our secure Health Portal.

Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You must agree to regular testing protocols in place at the University.

Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster to you free of charge only after you meet the CDC’s posted Recommendations for Unvaccinated People Traveling Internationally during COVID-19.

Before you return to Adelphi or begin your vaccine series, you must self-quarantine off campus at your own expense for seven days after arrival in the United States and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result after your quarantine period within 72 hours of your move-in.

Once you have completed your self-quarantine period and have a negative COVID-19 test result, Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to you free of charge.

Call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine on campus and to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you can upload your proof. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You must agree to regular testing protocols in place at the University.

Only hall residents and their family members as well as other current Adelphi community members (students, faculty and staff) are permitted in residence halls. Identification is required. Additionally, family members who plan to accompany you to campus must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your planned return and are also subject to all New York state and Adelphi testing requirements.

All residents of Adelphi’s living community, including Nassau Community College students, are required to be fully vaccinated (including a booster within seven days of eligibility). Visitors to the residence halls are restricted to hall residents and their family members as well as other current Adelphi community members (students, faculty and staff). Identification is required. Additionally,  any family members who plan to accompany you to campus must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your planned return and are also subject to all New York state and Adelphi testing requirements.

Vaccine Requirements and FAQs for Faculty, Staff and Administration

Effective September 13, 2021, Adelphi University implemented a policy requiring all faculty, staff and administration to either get fully vaccinated or to submit biweekly (every other week) COVID-19 PCR tests as proof of non-infection with the virus.

Effective December 23, 2021, in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s vaccine-or-testing emergency standard,

  • Adelphi expanded the criteria for full vaccination requirements to include a booster dose of the vaccine within seven days of becoming eligible. *subject to review by union representatives where applicable.

Eligibility is determined in accordance with the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Six months after the second dose of a Moderna vaccine
  • Five months after the second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
  • Two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Additionally, all unvaccinated Adelphi employees who work at the Garden City campus or Hudson Valley or Hauppauge centers (not Manhattan) must submit a PCR test every week instead of every other week beginning January 4 , 2022.
  • Note: Employees at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center are required to comply with Adelphi’s policies as well as New York City regulations. On December 13, 2021, New York City Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene Dave A. Chokshi, MD, signed an order that requires COVID-19 vaccination for private-sector workers. In compliance with the order, Adelphi University is requiring that all Manhattan Center employees—including both full- and part-time faculty, administrators, staff, interns, volunteers and contractors—be vaccinated against COVID-19 (including a booster within seven days of eligibility) unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. This requirement does not apply to employees working from home whose positions do not involve them interacting in person with coworkers or members of the public.

Adelphi employees (except for those who work at the Manhattan Center due to a NYC mandate) have  the following options regarding COVID-19 vaccination:

  • to be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot within seven days of eligibility) with a WHO-authorized vaccine (must provide proof of vaccine and booster) OR
  • submit a COVID-19 PCR test to Health and Wellness every week (on their own time and expense)

If you choose to be vaccinated and boosted, your COVID-19 vaccine must be among those currently authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes those vaccines currently either approved or authorized for full or emergency use in the United States (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson).

The COVID-19 vaccination / weekly testing policy applies to ALL University employees with an on-campus presence. This includes full-time, part-time, hourly, union and nonunion staff and faculty, including adjunct faculty.

The policy was announced on August 24, 2021 and became effective September 13, 2021.

The booster and weekly testing requirements were announced on December 23, 2021. The change to weekly testing goes into effect on January 4, 2022 and the booster mandate goes into effect on January 21, 2022.

The University implemented a vaccination/testing requirement for all our faculty, staff and administration to best protect our community and to better enable our full return to campus life and in-person teaching and learning.

Our decisions are based on current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

Throughout the pandemic, Adelphi’s COVID-19 planning and protocols have adhered to New York state and local government orders and the latest public health guidelines.

To request a medical exemption for a condition whereby receiving the COVID-19 vaccine would endanger life or health, complete the Medical Exemption form

To request a medical exemption for a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice contrary to the practice of immunization, complete the Religious Exemption form

You can email exemption request forms to healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu

As with all unvaccinated employees, even those with a documented exemption are required to obtain a COVID-19 PCR test every week.

Individuals at Adelphi who are unvaccinated (with required approval) are required to follow all risk mitigation steps and health and safety protocols in place.

If you have begun the process of getting vaccinated, please alert the Adelphi Health & Wellness team of your status by sending an email to healthandwellness@adelphi.edu.

Once your vaccination is complete, you must upload proof of your completed vaccine series to the secure Adelphi University Health Portal.

Yes. Once you receive your booster, follow the same steps as with your proof of vaccination:

Visit the Health Portal on e-campus and follow the instructions to upload. Your documents will be securely stored and become part of your confidential health record.

As an alternative, proof can be emailed or faxed to the Health Services Center at the following:

If you encounter any problems or need assistance with submitting your documentation, please reach out to the Health Services Center at healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu or 516.877.6000.

The vaccination and/or testing requirement is waived only for those employees who:

  • are approved by their supervisor to teach or work fully remotely
  • will not be coming to campus at any time
  • will not have in-person contact with students or other Adelphi employees, even for a very short period of time.

You should confirm this by sending an email to Human Resources at humanres@adelphi.edu — be sure to keep your supervisor copied on this correspondence.

Adelphi University offers free COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots for all our community members. Call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment on our Garden City campus.

Yes. Per New York state law, all Adelphi employees are entitled to four (4) hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccine injection. You can read more about it on the NYS website.

You should notify your manager of scheduled appointments in advance and note the time off as “½ CV” (Covid Vaccine) on your time cards/sheets.

No. Adelphi is not providing time off or reimbursement for your weekly COVID-19 testing.

Free COVID-19 tests are available in New York State. You can find a list of locations online a forward.ny.gov/covid-19-testing.

Employee COVID-19 testing is not offered by Adelphi University.

Not at this time. 

As we have done throughout the pandemic, Adelphi will continue to closely monitor the public health landscape and follow the recommendations of public health experts. adjust our protocols based on the science and how COVID-19 is affecting our region and community. After the winter break of 2021, we will have a better understanding of the transmission data and positivity rate in our region. Our Health and Wellness Team will evaluate this information and make an appropriate recommendation to leadership at that time.  

However, all unvaccinated Adelphi students (with approved exemptions) on campus are subject to mandatory regular (not random) testing and, all Adelphi employees who are unvaccinated and who come to campus are required to submit a weekly COVID-19 PCR test.

Random surveillance testing may resume if our regional or on-campus infection rate begins to approach thresholds that could trigger a campus shutdown. 

Anonymized metrics continue to be tracked on our Dashboard.

Visit the Health Portal on e-campus and follow the instructions to upload. Your documents will be securely stored and become part of your confidential health record.

As an alternative, proof can be emailed or faxed to the Health Services Center at the following:

If you encounter any problems or need assistance with submitting your documentation, please reach out to the Health Services Center at healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu or 516.877.6000.

PCR test results should be submitted by unvaccinated employees every week within 72 hours of the test.

If you are still in the process of getting vaccinated, please alert healthandwellness@adelphi.edu and then upload your final proof when your vaccine series is complete.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Categories of eligible individuals are set by the FDA and New York state; Adelphi does not determine who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments can be made through the state or authorized vaccination sites. 

On-Site at Adelphi University

Adelphi is offering on-site COVID vaccines for all community members on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule a vaccination appointment, please call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email healthservicescenter@adelphi.edu. Individuals will be required to submit the online New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form before their appointment.  

Through a State-Administered Site

Through an Authorized Vaccination Site (Including Hospitals and Pharmacies)

The definition of “Fully Vaccinated” means students, faculty, and employees:

(a) who have completed all doses including a booster shot of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine;

(b) for whom 14 days have passed since their booster dose; AND

(c) who have uploaded proof of vaccination to the Health Portal.

  • Until further notice, all individuals are required to continue wearing masks indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Local and state departments of health require that patients and providers in health care settings wear masks regardless of vaccination status. This applies to Adelphi students and faculty in healthcare settings.
  • Some organizations and businesses may also continue to require masks – individuals should honor all posted signage and wear masks indoors if requested to do so.

Yes. We will continue to require all community members to submit a daily health screening and agree to follow established Adelphi health and safety protocols. The screening questionnaire continues to be available on the AU2GO mobile app, online via eCampus, and using paper forms available at the Office of Public Safety or South Avenue Public Safety booth.

The only unvaccinated members of our community permitted on campus are those who have approved medical or religious exemptions. It is mandatory at Adelphi to continue wearing a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.  You should also continue to maintain social distance and wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently.

By following established health and safety protocols, the Adelphi community was highly successful at preventing the spread of the virus on campus and keeping our positive rate far below the threshold throughout the pandemic. All Adelphi community members should continue vigilant hand hygiene and stay home when feeling unwell.

Adelphi launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program on May 10, 2021.  All current Adelphi students, faculty and staff who uploaded their proof of full vaccination by the deadline received prizes. Read prize details here.

  • Requiring the proper use of a mask indoors at all times, and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • Maintaining our robust cleaning and air filtration protocols.
  • Keeping protective barriers in place in offices, study spaces and other areas.
  • Encouraging all community members to continue with vigilant hand hygiene and stay home when feeling unwell, among other proven mitigation strategies.
  • Remaining flexible in case the public health situation changes and state officials announce new requirements or restrictions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States and World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective at increasing protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.
  • According to the CDC, vaccination offers the best protection against COVID-19. Vaccination can provide a higher, more robust, and more consistent level of immunity to protect people from hospitalization for COVID-19 than infection alone for at least 6 months.
  • Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Being fully vaccinated makes you eligible for the New York state Excelsior Pass, a mobile app that provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. This can help you get into places and do things that require proof of vaccination.

Yes. New York state has passed legislation granting employees paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. All Adelphi employees are entitled to a maximum of four (4) hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccine injection. For more information, see the New York state Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccinations fact sheet.

  • It’s important that employees notify their managers of scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments in advance.
  • The time off should then be noted as “½ CV” (Covid Vaccine) on time cards and timesheets.
  • If you have any questions about paid time off for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, please contact Human Resources Representative Jenn Maron at 516.877.3298 or jmaron@adelphi.edu.
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