Returning to Campus
All faculty and staff coming to any CUNY campus will need to show proof that they are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccine. If you are unvaccinated, or do not want to show proof, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result from within the prior seven days.
- To submit proof of vaccination, go to CUNYfirst, click on the “Vaccination Verification” link, indicate the type and date of your last vaccine, upload a copy of your vaccination card and, if vaccinated in New York State, a copy of your New York State Excelsior Pass. Once uploaded, HR will review and approve your status, or be in touch with you if there are any questions about your documentation.
- To check your approval status, login to your CUNYfirst account. If your vaccination records have been approved, download or refresh your Everbridge application on your smartphone to access the VaxPass. Follow the detailed instructions. Have the VaxPass Access Approved confirmation open on your smartphone and ready for review by the CUNY screener when entering the CUNY SPH or any CUNY location. You will also need your CUNY ID card. (Find a helpful VaxPass Q&A here.)
- It is recommended that you take a photo of your vaccination card and/or sign up for the Excelsior Pass (for those vaccinated in New York State) as backups.
Student Who Are Also Employees
If you are registered as a CUNY student at CUNY SPH or another CUNY school, your student status supersedes your employee status, and your vaccination records will need to be approved by the Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) liaisons at the campus where you are enrolled. You can reach out the LVA at the campus where you are a student. See the LVA roster here.
If you are not vaccinated, or if you have not uploaded your vaccination records to CUNYfirst, you will need to get a COVID-19 test at one of the 20 CUNY testing sites. See below for details on testing.
CUNY COVID-19 Testing: We encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but for those who are not, CUNY has retained Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC (ADCL) to provide COVID-19 testing at 20 sites throughout the University.
Starting on Monday, August 9, all faculty and staff who did not provide proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst were sent an email from CLEARED4 (The health verification management system retained by ADCL), with the subject line “Welcome to safeCircle at CUNY,” describing how to enroll in the testing program. Be sure to check all your email accounts, including personal ones, that may be linked to CUNYfirst. Once registered, participants receive an overview of the program and instructions on how to proceed with making an appointment for an available time at the most convenient CUNY testing site. Appointment scheduling, test results, and other communications will flow through the CLEARED4 platform.
ADCL uses a PCR test with a nasal swab that is less invasive than the longer-stemmed swabs used elsewhere, but that is still highly sensitive and designed to detect the virus before a person becomes symptomatic and can begin spreading it.
Test results will be processed within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends). Test results will be sent via email.
For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ.