Proof of Vaccination Process
The Proof of Vaccination Process will help the university adapt to changing public health guidelines, and to determine when our campus has achieved the critical threshold of vaccination rate to reach herd immunity.
How to submit your proof of vaccination:
For Students: Click “Vaccination Proof” on the top menu bar of the Cornell Tech Student Daily Check page then click “Submit Your Proof of Vaccination” which will direct you to the Cornell University portal.
For Faculty/Staff: Click “Submit Your Proof of Vaccination” on the right side of the Daily Check home page which will direct you to the Cornell University portal.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility, please visit https://covid.cornell.edu/vaccines/
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain a vaccine in NYC?
Vaccine eligibility is determined by New York State. To check if you are eligible and to schedule a vaccine appointment please visit:
I am not a New York resident, but I currently live here. How do I prove eligibility?
Two forms of documentation are required along with your university ID.
Documentation must include:
- proof of age (e.g., driver’s license; copy or photo of birth certificate; document from Cornell with name and date of birth)
- proof of local residence (e.g., lease; utility bill; residence hall housing contract; Cornell document with local address)
I live in The House. How do I access my license agreement?
If you require proof of residency in The House, please log in to the housing application portal on the Apply for Housing page to print your current Housing License Agreement for the 2020-2021 term. Hard copy printing is available with the printing service in the lobby of The House.
Why is it important for the university to collect vaccination information?
As is already the case with travel and exposure quarantine restrictions, we anticipate that public health guidelines will continue to change as more people become vaccinated. It is important to have a system in place to verify vaccination status so we able to work with the Cornell community to implement these public health responsibilities.
Most immediately, the information will be used to verify which members of the community are required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health recently updated their respective quarantine guidance for asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals. As experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it is anticipated that federal and state guidance will continue to be updated.
What information will the university collect?
The system will allow community members to provide proof of vaccination, including the manufacturer of the vaccine (e.g., Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), the number of doses received, the dates, the location of vaccination and an image of your vaccination card.
Is it mandatory to upload my vaccination information?
Although it is not mandatory to upload your COVID-19 proof of vaccination at this time, we strongly urge anyone who is fully vaccinated to make the university aware of their vaccination status once the new process becomes available.
My vaccine appointment is not until later this spring. Should I inform the university of those dates now?
No, you should wait until you are fully vaccinated before attempting to upload your information. Be certain to keep your vaccination card in a safe place.
What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean?
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). Currently, New York state only recognizes COVID-19 manufacturers that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
I have been fully vaccinated. Do I need to continue to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and participate in surveillance testing?
Yes, you must continue to follow all campus rules for the time being. While experts continue studying the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. Until we know that the majority of our campus community members have been vaccinated, and therefore the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 has been greatly diminished, the university will keep current guidelines in place for everyone – regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated. This includes: wearing face masks or coverings, practicing physical distancing, frequent hand washing, de-densified spaces, avoiding large groups and unnecessary travel, and continued surveillance testing.
I have obtained a vaccine outside of the United States that is not currently approved by the U.S. FDA. Should I report this and what can I expect?
Please fill out the vaccination form if you have received a vaccine, even if it is not approved at this point by the U.S. FDA. We expect that guidelines for those receiving these vaccines will continue to evolve and encourage those affected to be on the lookout for new advice from the CDC and NYS Department of Health. Having your vaccination information on file will make it easier for Cornell to communicate with you if we learn of new guidance.
I don’t have an electronic copy of my proof of vaccination. Can I scan it to my computer or take a picture on my phone? Can I upload multiple images?
Yes, you may scan or take a picture of your proof of vaccination and upload it directly into the form using your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. If the necessary information requires uploading multiple images (e.g., front and back of your CDC vaccination card), the form has this capability. Once you’ve uploaded the first image, click on “add another file” to upload additional documentation.
What if I lose my vaccine documentation?
The CDC vaccination card you received is the best means to show you have been vaccinated. Keep it in a safe place. For any additional documentation, contact the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine. Most states require that vaccine providers keep records on paper or in a database. If you’re unable to get documentation from the provider, contact your state board of health for assistance.