January 21 Message from the Student Health Office

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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope you have had a smooth start to the spring term.  As was communicated by President Hall on January 7, the College has implemented a COVID-19 booster vaccine requirement for all students, faculty and staff, excluding those with previously approved medical or religious exemptions.

Outlined below is the schedule for obtaining your booster and instructions on how to provide proof of your COVID-19 booster:

Boosters are to be obtained on the following schedule

  • By January 31, 2022, for anyone currently eligible:
    • 5 months from the 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer
    • 2 months from J&J dose 
  • Those who have had a recent COVID infection are eligible to receive a booster shot as long as you are fully recovered from your illness and have completed your primary vaccination series.
  • Within one month of eligibility for those who are not yet eligible:
    • For example, if your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer was January 19, 2022, you are eligible for the booster on June 19, 2022. If your dose of J&J was on January 19, 2022, you are eligible for the booster on March 19, 2022.

Booster appointments are available every day at public sites, including the Westchester County Center and sites across New York City and at many pharmacies.  

Instructions to submit your vaccine booster proof:

  • Please submit your booster vaccine proof through our HIPAA compliant portal here. Those who previously submitted the dates of their initial doses only need to submit the date and proof of their booster dose.
  • Go to “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine Intake Questionnaire” link.
  • Follow the instructions to upload your dates and an image of your vaccine card.

We appreciate your efforts in keeping Mercy safe. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact healthoffice@mercy.edu (students) or the Human Resources Office at HR@mercy.edu(employees). 

Thank you,
Colleen Powers
Director of Health and Wellness