As of April 21, 2021, St. John’s will require all students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and to provide proof of vaccination before the start of each term. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs (see Find a Program | St. John's University), defined as students not physically on-campus for the duration of the degree, do not need to provide proof of vaccination. This does not include students taking only some of their courses online. Courses will operate in the format indicated in UIS.
St. John’s University will require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna/Novavax or 1 dose of J&J/Janssen) if a student is planning to be on campus during the 2022-2023 academic year for any reason or enrolled in in-person classes.
Proof of vaccination to COVID-19 must be submitted online via Medicat, the online patient portal.
Summer and Fall semesters: June 30Spring semester: December 15
To upload your documents student health services health portal (Medicat):
St. John’s has an interface with the New York State and New York City Immunization Registries. If you received your COVID-19 vaccination in New York State it is very likely we already have your vaccination on file and do not upload anything. .
Take Action If You Are Exposed to COVID-19:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (or if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19) DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS and get tested or test yourself with a home test kit. To find a testing site near you, text "COVID TEST" to 855-48 or visit COVID-19 Testing Locations.
For students living in university housing who develop symptoms, please first call Student Health Services at 718-990-6360 to make an appointment. (Please do not walk in.)
You can end isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were.
Students who believe they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement must submit a completed exemption request. It is your responsibility to complete all documentation by the required deadlines.
The deadline to submit a religious exemption application was Thursday, December 15 by 4:30 p.m. (ET). Incomplete applications and/or late applications will not be considered.
If a student’s application for an exemption to the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement is not granted, the student must provide proof of receipt of COVID-19 vaccination to attend in-person classes.
If a student has been previously been granted a medical/religious exemption to the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, the student must reapply each academic year or when terms of the granted exemption expire.
For students living in University housing: Before being allowed to move in, a student must have submitted proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna/Novavax or 1 dose of J&J/Janssen) or have been formally granted a medical/religious exemption. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If you have any questions regarding the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement or immunization and vaccination policies, please email Student Affairs at [email protected].
To apply for a medical exemption, please complete both forms and submit them in Medicat via signon.stjohns.edu (Medicat > Upload > Select “Medical Exemption Application”).
We strongly recommend submitting a medical exemption application as soon as possible, as processing times may be extended if consultation with your medical provider is required. A student is not exempt from any University immunization requirement until formally granted an exemption.
Questions regarding medical exemption requests should be directed to Student Health Services. Please note during University holidays (e.g., December 23-30, 2022) Student Health Services is closed and is not available to answer phone calls or respond to secure messages. We will respond to you as soon as we reopen the next regular business day.
IMPORTANT: As of 4:30 p.m. (ET) on December 15, 2022, religious exemption application process for the Spring 2023 semester closed. The University will no longer accept applications for religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the Spring 2023 semester.
Please check back at the beginning of June 2023 for information on the 2023-2024 academic year religious exemption application process.
Please note any student who previously applied for a religious exemption to the University’s vaccine requirement and was denied, that student may not reapply. Decisions regarding vaccine exemption applications are final and not appealable.
If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 religious exemption application process, please contact [email protected].
Questions regarding religious exemption requests should be directed to Student Affairs at [email protected].
Please note during University holidays (e.g., December 23-30, 2022) the Division of Student Affairs is closed and is not available to answer phone calls or respond to emails. We will respond to you as soon as we reopen the next regular business day.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
Possible symptoms include:
For more information, please visit Symptoms of COVID-19.
Concerns about a new and unfamiliar illness are understandable.
If you are feeling anxious or uneasy, please don’t hesitate to turn to the Student Health Services (718-990-6360, select option 4) or the Center for Counseling and Consultation (Queens, 718-990-6384; Staten Island, 718-390-4451) or the St. John’s University Mental Health Helpline (718-990-6352).
For information and support resources, please visit Following an Emergency Situation or a Traumatic Event.
CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. Some people in your family may need to take more steps to be better protected from COVID-19, including:
There are many ways your actions can help protect you, your household, and your community from severe illness from COVID-19. For more information, please visit COVID-19 Prevention Actions.
For up-to-date information, please check the following websites:
People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Currently St. John's University recommends students and employees get their recommended boosters when eligible.
COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have decreased over time after your primary series vaccination. When you have received your COVID-19 booster dose, please upload proof into Medicat.