All students and employees are required to have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, the CDC defines “up to date” as a person having received all recommended doses in a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, when eligible.

All students and employees are required to submit proof of their vaccination and booster.

  • Colgate requires up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination for all new and returning students on campus effective May 17, 2021.
  • Ideally, all students should have received their booster by Jan. 7, so that the dose will be fully effective when residence halls open again on Jan. 22.  The deadline for receiving a vaccine booster is Feb. 1, 2022. Any of the currently available booster vaccines (Pfizer/BnT, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen) will qualify for this requirement. 
  • Find your preferred vaccine option for free at a location near you through
  • Keep an eye on your Colgate email for on-campus clinics slated to be held this semester.

Proof of vaccination and booster can be uploaded to the myColgateHealth Patient Portal, faxed to 315-228-6823, or emailed to (please be aware that email is not a secure way of sending information and confidentiality can not be guaranteed). Proof of vaccination includes a legible copy of your vaccine card.

  • Submission of proof of vaccination or of documentation of medical or religious exemption must be submitted on or before July 6, 2021.
  • Proof of booster vaccination must be submitted by February 1, 2022.

Vaccination status will be checked at student arrival and Student Health Services will be available at that time to assist you with making a vaccination appointment.

Contact Student Health Services and someone will advise you and assist with making an appointment to complete your vaccine series. You will be expected to follow face covering and physical distancing requirements until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the final dose).

At this time, if you have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization, then you meet the requirement and do not need additional doses of an FDA-authorized vaccine. 

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or WHO, you will be offered an FDA-authorized vaccine, assuming a minimum of 28 days has passed since your last dose of a different COVID-19 vaccine. You will be expected to follow face covering, physical distancing, and testing requirements until you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

Colgate will require all eligible students, faculty, and staff to provide proof of receiving a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster. Visit our vaccine page for more information regarding student and employee booster requirements.


A: Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “that’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible — although rare — that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.” Learn more on the CDC FAQ page.

The records you share in relation to this policy — as with all medical records — will be stored securely and accessed only by those with a need to know. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of your medical information. Read the Student Health Services Patient Rights and Responsibilities and Confidentiality policies for more information.

If you are a college student studying in New York State, you can be vaccinated here, even if your permanent residence is elsewhere. Just be sure, when you sign up for your first shot, that you will be in the area to receive your second dose. Don’t let out-of-state residency prevent you from signing up for vaccination if you are otherwise eligible.

Exemption Information

Completed requests for medical or religious exemptions can be uploaded to the myColgateHealth Patient Portal, faxed to 315-228-6823, or emailed to (please be aware that email is not a secure way of sending information and confidentiality can not be guaranteed).

A sincerely held religious belief and how this belief relates to your decision not to receive the vaccination. 

Unvaccinated individuals must follow masking guidelines, this is subject to change based on state and federal guidance.

Unvaccinated students who are exempt from receiving the vaccine will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing throughout the semester. This is subject to change based on state and federal guidance.

Any failure to report for required testing without making prior arrangements with Student Health Services will be considered a violation of the Commitment to Community Health. Per the Colgate University Code of Student Conduct, at any time during enrollment and regardless of location, students must “abide by all University policies and procedures and comply with directions of University officials acting in performance of their duties.” Failure to comply with these requirements may result in referral to the University Student Conduct Board.

Choosing Not to Meet the Requirement

Students who fail to meet the requirements for submitting proof of vaccination or a medical or religious exemption will not be permitted to remain on campus or to access campus resources.

General Vaccine FAQS

No. The mRNA from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines never enter the nucleus of the cell, where our DNA is kept. J&J uses a modified version of a different, harmless virus to deliver important protection-building instructions in the form of genetic material that does not integrate into a person’s DNA. At the end of either process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection from COVID-19 if the real virus enters our bodies. The takeaway: Opt for whatever vaccine is available to you. They’re all safe, effective, and vetted.
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection vary unpredictably from minor to deadly — even in young people. Our Commitment to Community Health helps to keep spread to a minimum, but SARS-CoV-2 immunity is the key to returning to normal in the fall. “No virus has ever eliminated itself by inducing natural immunity in a large percentage of the population. Only herd immunity induced by vaccination can eliminate viruses, as has now been shown for smallpox and two of the three different types of poliovirus.”
SOURCE: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

No. Because these vaccines do not use live strains of the virus, you will not show as positive on tests for current infection. (The CDC notes that your new immune response might result in a positive on some antibody tests, showing that you have “some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.”)