Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about Wagner’s vaccination protocols and requirement for students announced on June 3, 2021. Updates will be provided accordingly as guidance is provided by local, state, and federal entities.
Yes. In order to have a safe return to campus, we are requiring all students to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test before returning to campus.
- Commuter students should submit their negative PCR test that is completed 72 hours prior to Feb 7th or before their first scheduled interaction on campus.
- Residential students should submit their negative PCR test that is completed 72 hours before your approved move-in. Please confirm your move-in time before you schedule your test.
If your result is not available when you are scheduled to move in, please stay home until your negative result is available. We will assist you with rescheduling your move in.
As of Monday, March 7, 2021 Wagner College will be mask–optional in all areas except where healthcare services are being provided. This policy applies to all college employees, students, and visitors. Weekly testing requirements for employees and students who have received exemptions from the college’s vaccination mandate will remain in effect.
Community members are welcome to continue wearing masks on campus. Some members of our community may be immunocompromised or otherwise at higher risk for infection, may be caring for high-risk individuals, or may simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask.
Wagner College will require the Covid-19 booster vaccination for students and employees. Please upload your updated vaccination card to ONTASK by January 25th if you have already received your booster.
If you are eligible to receive your booster but have not yet done so, you must complete your booster and upload your updated vaccination card by February 14th. We will hold an on campus booster clinic the week of February 7th.
Eligibility for Boosters:
- Pfizer: 5 months after 2nd dose
- Moderna: 5 months after 2nd dose
- Johnson & Johnson: 2 months after 2nd dose
If you are not yet eligible for the booster, you must receive and submit proof of your booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
If you already have an exemption with the college, you will be exempt from the booster requirement, but must participate in weekly testing.
Students must upload their updated Covid-19 vaccination record to ONTASK.
If your eligibility occurs during the Spring 2022 semester, you will be expected to obtain a Covid-19 booster shot. You must receive and submit proof of your booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
Yes. If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should wait to get vaccinated until you have completed isolation to avoid exposing others to COVID-19.
This means you should not be vaccinated until all the following are true:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started. Or, if you never had symptoms, 10 days from the date you were tested.
- You have not had fever for the prior 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicine.
- If you had symptoms, your overall symptoms have improved.
If you get COVID-19 between your first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you should still get your second dose after your isolation period has ended. It is important to get the second dose, even if you had COVID-19. (Taken from NYC DOH page)
If you test positive before you arrive on campus, please stay home and notify the Center for Health & Wellness via email to email@example.com and send a copy of your positive result. It is important to know that if you test positive, you will need to isolate for a minimum of 5 days, pending symptoms.
If you test positive and you are already on campus, please notify the Center for Health & Wellness. A nurse will contact you to collect more information and provide you with further instructions. It is important to know that if you test positive, you will need to isolate for a minimum of 5 days, pending symptoms. We have limited Isolation rooms on campus, and you may be asked to leave your assigned room. Students may be housed together based on the availability of quarantine or isolation rooms.
Please plan accordingly. It is our primary responsibility to protect you and our community. Once a positive test results, our plan for isolation is immediately put into place. If you choose to isolate at home, set your plan now with your parents or guardian.
You will be notified by the Center for Health & Wellness that you have been a primary contact of someone that has tested positive for Covid-19. Arrangements will already have been made to isolate your suitemate.
If you are vaccinated, you need to monitor your temperature twice daily and wear a mask for the next 10 days. You will count your day of exposure as day 0, and on day 5 you should be tested for Covid-19 with a PCR test and send the result to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unvaccinated, you will be required to quarantine for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 days after and continue to monitor your symptoms. You should be tested on day 5 with a PCR test. Send all results and report new onset of symptoms via email to the email@example.com.
How long is the quarantine or isolation period?
Note: Quarantine and Isolation housing is limited and available only to current residential students. We strongly advise that quarantine and isolation should occur at the student’s home address wherever possible. For additional information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on Quarantine and Isolation.
Quarantine for unvaccinated individuals or those not up to date on Covid-19 Vaccinations
In accordance with CDC guidelines, the quarantine period lasts for 5 days (day 0 through day 5). The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with Covid-19. Continue to watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with Covid-19.
If you develop symptoms:
- Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay isolated or at home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
- Take precautions until day 10
For those up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and have been exposed: You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms.Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with Covid-19.
- Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with Covid-19.
- If you develop symptoms, Isolate immediately and get tested and contact the Center for Health and Wellness. Continue to isolate until you know the results. If you are isolating at home, wear a well-fitted mask around others. Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Isolation – regardless of vaccination status
In accordance with CDC guidelines, the isolation period lasts for 5 days (day 0 through day 5). The date of your positive test or when you begin to show symptoms is considered day 0. Regardless of vaccination status, the isolation period is 5 days. If isolating on campus, you will be in contact with a staff member from the Center for Health and Wellness.
Residential students who elect to stay in quarantine/isolation housing are expected to remain in their assigned housing for the duration of their quarantine/isolation period. No visitors are allowed and no deliveries can be made while you are in q/i housing.
Our quarantine and isolation housing is provided, as available, to residential students. Students are provided with materials when entering housing so they are aware of the expectations during their time in quarantine and isolation housing.
Compliance with the rules of the stay is paramount for everyone’s safety. If a student is found not in compliance with the expectations of quarantine and isolation housing, they will receive a formal warning and a $100 fine. If a second violation occurs, the student is removed from quarantine and isolation housing. They will incur all fees associated with the housing and will be expected to find housing for their quarantine or isolation period off site. Be advised that scholarships do not cover fines.
Wagner College will engage contact tracing when a member of the campus community has been primary exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid. Those who are vaccinated and asymptomatic will be asked to obtain a Covid test 5 days post-exposure, but can still come to class (and will be masked). Those who are not vaccinated will quarantine for 10 days.
Yes, all faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated and receive the booster when eligible. As with students, faculty and staff are eligible to apply for a medical or religious exemption. All exempted employees will be required to follow federal, state and city testing protocols.
Yes, you will follow the same protocol, which is outlined above, as those who were vaccinated in the United States. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding booster availability in your home country, please reach out to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Wagner College will require all students enrolled full time or part time in a Wagner school or program to receive, and provide proof of having received, a Covid-19 vaccination authorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, several other immunizations are required for all undergraduate and graduate students by the State of New York and the College. This includes our joint and collaborative programs with other institutions, as well as for all of our visiting, exchange, non-matriculated, and special-program students. For more information, please refer to the Center for Health and Wellness webpage.
This policy is subject to change based on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant requirements and recommendations from federal, state, and city health authorities.
Vaccines empower us to resume our lives together in more robust ways and safely. FDA- and WHO-approved vaccines are safe and extremely effective against Covid-19. The American College Health Association (ACHA) has strongly recommended that colleges require vaccination, and the State of New York has urged private colleges to do so. Throughout the pandemic, Wagner has been successful by relying on science and compassion, and a commitment to sustaining a rich in-person learning experience for our community.
Yes. Wagner College requires all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled or otherwise present on campus during the 2021–22 academic year to receive and provide proof of having received an FDA- or WHO-authorized Covid-19 vaccine. Only fully remote students are exempt.
Your information will remain in your health portal.
As is the policy with other required vaccinations, should you not submit the required proof of vaccination, the Center for Health & Wellness will notify appropriate parties (typically the Registrar’s Office and Campus Life) that there is a “health hold.” This hold inform relevant campus offices that your campus access is restricted.
Medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis and granted in accordance with the college’s policies.
No. Currently, there is no exemption for those who have been exposed to Covid-19 and have antibodies. You can find additional information about this topic on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following websites will help you locate a vaccination site in New York State and schedule an appointment:
- New York State’s Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool
- New York State Vaccination Sites
- New York City Vaccination Sites
- New York City Hospital Vaccination Sites
Additionally, New York State (NYS) and New York City (NYC) have each launched hotlines which may be used by eligible members of the community to schedule a vaccination appointment:
NYC: (877) VAX- 4NYC (1-877-829-4692)
NYS: (833) NYS – 4VAX (1-833-697-4829)