SHAC: Immunizations

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As of April 2, 2021:
Attention All Students:

New students must submit proof of all immunizations/vaccines listed below.

Returning students (grad and undergrad) must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination by August 2, 2021. Those who register after that and will be on campus in the fall need to submit proof as soon as possible after registration. Students will not be permitted on campus without proof of vaccination. Other immunization information does not need to be resubmitted. 

There are NO exceptions other than a documented and approved religious or medical exception. Without the documentation submitted below, students will not be permitted to move-in to residence halls, attend classes or any Manhattanville sponsored activities.

Students who are enrolled in programs in clinical or student teaching programs may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as required by their off-site location. Off-site clinical or teaching placements may not allow for medical or religious exemptions at their facilities, and in such case they do not, the College cannot ensure that a placement that does not require a COVID-19 vaccine will be available. Students with questions about off-site clinical or teaching placements should direct them to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences or School of Education.

If you have questions please email shac@mville.edu or call (914)323-7277.

Immunization information is required for all students.  Students who are fully remote and will not be coming to campus for any reason do not have to submit their immunization records. 

This information must be on file with SHAC by August 2, 2021 and should be uploaded to the Student Health Portal, a secure medical records system.

You will not be able to begin attending courses if you have not submitted your immunization information. Your health history establishes a medical record and enables the Student Health Center to provide care for you throughout your college career. All medical documents are kept in a secure medical records system and are maintained with strict confidentiality.


Required immunization documentation:

COVID-19 – Proof of Vaccination

  • Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

If you are an international student and received a vaccine that has not yet been approved in the US, please contact us at shac@mville.edu to discuss your situation.

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)- proof of immunity

  • 1st dose must have been administered on or after your 1st birthday
  • 2nd dose must have been administered at least 1 month after your first dose
  • OR, if you cannot obtain a & b, documentation of immunity by titers

Meningitis – proof of immunity

  • Documentation providing date of meningococcal vaccine within past 5 years
  • OR, a signed electronic waiver for those opting not to have this vaccine (see important information regarding Meningitis within waiver)

How to Submit Your Immunization Record(s)

The tutorial below will provide you with detailed instructions for how to submit your immunization records and health information.  Submissions must be accompanied by supporting documentation from your doctor’s office or your prior academic institution.  All submissions will be reviewed by SHAC staff.


Requests for Immunization Exemptions – Medical or Religious

Students who would like to apply for a medical or religious exemption for any of the immunization requirements listed above may do so via the Student Health Portal. Please complete the Immunization Exemption form and submit with accompanying documentation. Review of exemption requests will take approximately ten business days so please submit your request with adequate time for review. Questions regarding this process should be directed to shac@mville.edu

Students who are enrolled in clinical or student teaching programs may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as required by their off-site location. Off-site clinical or teaching placements may not allow for medical or religious exemptions at their facilities, and in such case they do not, the College cannot ensure that a placement that does not require a COVID-19 vaccine will be available. Students with questions about off-site clinical or teaching placements should direct them to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences or School of Education.

Manhattanville will consider all applications for religious and medical exemptions for mandatory vaccinations. Students must submit supporting documentation with any exemption request. The submitted information will be evaluated and a determination will be made on a case-by-case basis by appropriate College personnel. Only those who qualify after a review of the request will be granted an exemption. The College may request additional information after evaluating documentation submitted by the student. Those who knowingly submit false information in pursuit of this exemption are in violation Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to discipline.

Vaccination Requirement for Students—FAQ

Why is Manhattanville College requiring vaccinations for COVID-19?

Manhattanville is requiring students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of our community, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The vaccine:

  • is the best approach for the College from a public health perspective;
  • creates a safer, more secure environment for Manhattanville community members by drastically reducing the potential for COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, which facilitates the resumption of a more normal semester;
  • may mitigate some of the mental health effects of pandemic student isolation;
  • helps to alleviate anxiety and distress for students, faculty, and staff related to the potential for infection, quarantine, etc.
  • helps provide clarity about the upcoming academic year;
  • reduces the foreseeable impact of local community COVID-19 spread; and
  • provides clear signals to prospective and admitted students and their parents about the importance of safety and health at Manhattanville.

Who is included in the vaccination requirement?
All members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, and contract services—will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Which COVID-19 vaccines qualify to meet the vaccination requirement?
It is up to you to decide which of the currently recommended vaccines you receive. Specific information about each of the vaccines is available on the CDC website. Currently, in order to meet the vaccination requirement, you must receive one of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

If you are an international student and received a vaccine that has not yet been approved in the US, please contact us at shac@mville.edu to discuss your situation.

When do students need to be fully vaccinated?
The Manhattanville community should provide proof of vaccination by August 2, 2021.  Employees of Manhattanville will need to submit their documentation to Human Resources.  Students should upload their documentation to the Student Health Portal.

What does it mean to be “fully” vaccinated?
Public health officials consider an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I need to be vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?
Yes. Anyone who previously had COVID-19 will still be required to be vaccinated.

What happens if I refuse to be vaccinated?
Manhattanville is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff are vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester in order to protect the health and safety of the campus and surrounding communities, and we are very hopeful that the members of our community will choose to be vaccinated. Undergraduate students who do not have an approved medical or religious exemption will not be permitted to enroll in the fall. There will be no remote study option next year. Graduate students who will be on campus for classes, events or use of facilities also are required to be vaccinated.

How do I prove I have been vaccinated?
Students need to submit all medical documentation of vaccinations to the Student Health Portal.

Will there be any exemptions to the vaccination requirement?
There are two potential exemptions to the College’s vaccination requirement:

  • Medical: A medical exemption will be approved for those whom receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is medically inadvisable. In order to qualify for a medical exemption, students must complete the Exemption to Immunization form and submit medical documentation that provides a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine from a licensed physician/nurse practitioner to the Student Health Portal.
  • Religious: In order to qualify for religious exemption, students must complete the Exemption to Immunization form and provide documentation detailing how their sincerely held religious belief conflicts with the COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Students who are enrolled in clinical or student teaching programs may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as required by their off-site location. Off-site clinical or teaching placements may not allow for medical or religious exemptions at their facilities, and in such case they do not, the College cannot ensure that a placement that does not require a COVID-19 vaccine will be available. Students with questions about off-site clinical or teaching placements should direct them to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences or School of Education.

What if I don’t believe the vaccines are safe?

There is a significant amount of information available on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.