Health and Counseling

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Students: Enter your COVID vaccination date(s) and upload a photo of your vaccination card under Immunizations:

Naz student health portal

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To support of 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 2021-2022 academic year, Nazareth College requires all students (residential and commuter), faculty, staff and contracted employees to complete COVID-19 vaccination and provide documentation by July 31, 2021. Limited exemptions, such as religious and medical, will be granted, and reasonable accommodations provided under applicable law.

Nazareth’s decision is aligned with the recommendations of the American College Health Association, which made 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 do I submit proof of vaccination? What is the deadline? 

Proof of vaccination deadline: July 31, 2021 for all students, faculty, and staff.

Students who are not fully vaccinated, do not apply and qualify for an exemption, and/or do not present vaccination documentation will be disenrolled from fall 2021 classes August 20.

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

  • Manually enter the date(s) of each COVID-19 vaccination 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.
  • If you've already submitted your documentation and vaccination date(s), you're all set. You only have to do so once. If you have questions or problems, contact

Naz student health portal

Faculty and Staff: Complete the Human Resources Proof of Vaccination form, including uploading the official documentation (can be a photo of your card). If you have questions or problems, contact

HR Proof form

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Which vaccines will be accepted?

Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S.

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

How do I know if the vaccines are safe and effective? What if I have questions about getting vaccinated?

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources >

Why do I have to get vaccinated? Why can't I just wear my mask?

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.

Given the medical and community benefit of COVID-19 vaccinations, we determined that requiring all members of the Nazareth community 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 quality learning. 

We were heartened to learn from a spring survey of faculty, staff and students that approximately 90% of those surveyed were either already fully vaccinated or planning to become vaccinated. As we showed this past year, ours is a community that cares about each other and takes responsibility for individual and community health and vibrancy.

ALSO: If you are fully vaccinated, and happen to be exposed to COVID-19, you will NOT be required to quarantine — so you won't have to disrupt your academics, social life, athletic practices or games, music/theatre/dance rehearsals or performances, etc.

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

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 do I apply for an exemption? 

Nazareth will grant limited exemptions, such as religious and medical, and reasonable accommodations consistent with applicable law. Exemption requests are due no later than Friday, July 9, 2021.

Students: Please email to request an exemption form.

Faculty and Staff: Please email to request an exemption form.

Who will be reviewing exemption requests? 

Students: Exemption requests are reviewed and, if appropriate, 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 health and safety protocols will individuals with approved exemptions be required to adhere to?

In fall, the Nazareth learning experience will be in person, including in-person courses, and a full campus and residential life experience.

Some members of our Nazareth community have sought and received an exemption from our vaccine requirement. For those students, faculty, and staff, COVID protocols such as daily screening, masking, social distancing, weekly testing, etc. will continue, pursuant to New York state and other applicable guidelines. Watch for an announcement of the exact protocols.

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.

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 disenrolled from classes August 20. The College considers the vaccination requirement a health and safety rule for all members of the community. 

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.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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