Health and Counseling

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

To support the goal of our students having engaging, interactive, in-person educational and social experiences and to prioritize the health of our campus and the wider community, for the 2022-2023 academic year, Nazareth requires all students (residential and commuter), faculty, staff, and contracted employees to complete COVID-19 vaccination and one booster, as soon as you are eligible, and provide documentation.

Deadlines: For students, before starting classes. For faculty, staff, and employees, before starting work.

Students, do both:

1.Manually enter your COVID vaccination date(s) and booster date AND

2.Upload a photo of your full vaccination card(s) showing all details (including your name and date of birth), under Immunizations:

Naz student health portal

Questions? Email

Faculty, staff, and contracted employees are required to complete vaccination documentation; new employees must meet the requirement before starting work.

Limited religious and medical exemptions are considered; see Q&A below.

 Warning: Using a forged card is a felony crime.

Visitors: See COVID-19 Resources main page.


How do I submit proof of vaccinations? 

Students: In your Naz student health portal under immunizations — same place as other immunizations:

  • Manually enter the date(s) of each COVID-19 vaccination, including your booster, when you receive it.
  • And upload the official documentation for each shot (can be a photo of your card).
  • If you are partly vaccinated, enter the first dose date and immunization card photo now. Then return and add the second dose date and a new photo of your updated card. Follow the same process for your booster shot.

Naz student health portal

Faculty and Staff: 

Does Nazareth require a specific booster, such as the bivalent?

No. Any of the approved boosters is accepted. New York state's health department offers guidance.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

How do I apply for an exemption? 

Nazareth grants limited medical or religious exemptions, consistent with applicable law.

Students: Please send the appropriate completed form and supporting documentation to health and counseling services,, by July 31, 2022:

Faculty and Staff: Please email to request an exemption form and submit it as soon as possible.

Students, faculty, and staff who apply for an exemption will receive a reply by email within 10 business days.

Who reviews exemption requests? 

Students: Exemption requests are reviewed and approved by Health and Counseling and the Student Experience office, in consultation with appropriate campus partners..

Faculty and Staff: Exemption requests are reviewed and, if appropriate, approved by Human Resources.

What additional health and safety protocols will individuals with approved exemptions be required to follow?

  • Quarantine for 5 days if deemed a close contact to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19. (Not if vaccinated; see Testing/Quarantine webpage.)
  • Socially distance when eating and remain masked when indoors around others (except when around roommates/suitemates).

What if I refuse to comply with the vaccination requirement?

Students: Students who are not fully vaccinated, who do not apply and qualify for an exemption, and/or do not present vaccination documentation will be charged $100 fine at the start of Fall semester, and will be unable to register for classes in the following semester.

Faculty/Staff: Employees who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for an exemption will have their status reviewed and acted on by Human Resources.

Which vaccines are accepted?

All vaccines approved for use in the U.S. are accepted.

Nazareth will review on an individual basis additional vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

What if I have questions about the vaccines?

COVID-19 Vaccine Information >

Why do I have to get vaccinated and boosted?

Our students have told us they need and want engaging, interactive, in-person educational and social experiences. Requiring COVID-19 vaccination allows Nazareth to achieve and maintain those goals.

According to leading governmental and medical 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. Overwhelming evidence suggests that vaccinated people are far less likely to spread the virus to others. This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk, including individuals who are immunocompromised.

Also, if you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot, and are exposed to COVID-19, you will NOT be required to quarantine — so you won't have to disrupt your academics, athletic practices or games, music/theatre/dance rehearsals or performances, social life, etc.

Further, if you are fully vaccinated and happen to be in the small percentage of people who get infected with COVID, the vaccine protects you from getting very sick or needing to be hospitalized.

Nazareth’s approach is aligned with the recommendations of the American College Health Association, which says comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way for institutions of higher education to have a safe, robust on-campus experience for students. New York State also recommends that public and private colleges require vaccination.

How and where will vaccination data be stored?

Vaccination data will be securely stored in college systems that comply with regulations and best practices regarding sensitive data.

How will we know if someone has been vaccinated or not?

You will not know who is and who is not vaccinated. Given the vaccine requirement, you will know that students, faculty and staff have either been vaccinated or have been approved for medical or religious exemption. We expect and support that some people will continue wearing face masks and/or social distancing for various reasons.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

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