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.

[Updated 08-09-2021]

Yes. ALL individuals are required to wear approved face coverings (that fully cover the mouth and nose) inside at all times, except within their own private residence hall rooms or offices or when actively eating. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks OR socially distance when outside also.

This policy became effective August 1, 2021 and like all Covid-19 policies will be reviewed regularly and in accordance with Covid-19 government and health authority requirements and recommendations.

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.

No, although we encourage all students to be vaccinated, regardless of their enrollment status. Students who will not come to Wagner’s campus for any reason, meaning their programs are fully online, they are otherwise fully remote, or on leave for the entire fall semester 2021, are exempt.

Students on leave in the fall, but planning to return in-person in the winter or spring must receive and provide proof of having received an FDA- or WHO- authorized Covid-19 vaccine prior to their arrival for the winter term or spring semester.

Students on leave who are not vaccinated will be barred from entering campus or attending any programs whether on or off campus.

The college will accept all vaccines against Covid-19 authorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO).

Any student who receives a vaccine not listed as authorized by the FDA or WHO should notify the Center for Health & Wellness

Students must upload their completed Covid-19 vaccination record to their Wagner College Student Health Portal.

August 9, 2021. Students enrolling or otherwise planning to be present on campus during the 2021–22 academic year must provide proof of having received their final dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccine or one dose for single-dose vaccine) at least two weeks prior to coming on campus for any reason, including but not limited to moving into a residence hall, attending campus classes, and/or entering any campus building.

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.

Yes. New students and continuing students are expected to receive all required immunizations before arriving on campus. Students must upload all completed records, including the Covid-19 vaccination, to their Wagner College Student Health portal at least two weeks prior to arriving on campus. We will provide appropriate case-by-case accommodations for international students.

Medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis and granted in accordance with the college’s policies.

Find request forms at the Center for Health & Wellness webpage. Questions about exemptions can be directed to

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:

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)

Vaccine policies regarding employees will be determined and shared later this summer.

The college will conduct a surveillance testing program during the fall. Details of this plan are forthcoming prior to fall semester 2021.