Flu Vaccination Requirements

Flu Vaccination Requirements

During such challenging times, Teachers College and Columbia University have determined that the influenza (flu) vaccine will be mandatory for students who plan to access campus.

In order to gain clearance to campus, students must upload their flu vaccination immunization record received August 1, 2021 or later as soon as possible.  For students who do not have a recent flu vaccination, we recommend that you obtain the flu vaccination at your earliest opportunity, either through a health care provider or from Columbia Health.

Getting vaccinated against the flu is the best way to protect ourselves, family, friends, and colleagues from the flu - it is a protective measure. 


All students who wish to access the Teachers College campuses (including residents in campus housing) or the Columbia University Campus must submit proof of flu vaccine by December 15, 2021. A flu vaccine is valid if it was received anytime on or after August 1, 2021. 


Reporting Requirements 

Acceptable forms of documentation must include the following:

  • Date of Vaccination
  • Vaccination location (i.e., CVS, Primary Physician – with signature)
  • Scans or photos must be clear and legible 

Examples of acceptable forms of documentation include:

  • A signed statement or form, or an electronic form from a healthcare provider indicating when and where the influenza vaccine was received. 
  • A note, receipt, vaccination card, etc. from the outside vaccinating entity stating that you received the influenza vaccine at that location.

Failure to comply will result in restriction of access to campus buildings and facilities until proof of vaccination is submitted.  


How to submit proof of vaccination

Beginning on October 21, 2021 students will be able to submit proof of vaccination via the MyTC portal under the Student Resources tab. Vaccinations administered after August 1, 2021 will be acceptable. Please keep a copy of all the documents you submit. Please view this submit flu vaccination tutorial to guide you through vaccination submission. 

Once your vaccination records have been processed you will receive an email confirmation. 


How to Get Your Flu Vaccine at Columbia Health

Students may get the flu vaccine through Columbia Health. Vaccines will be offered by appointment only and at no-charge on the Morningside campus. 

      1. Eligible students can schedule an appointment using the Patient Portal. There will be no walk-in vaccinations to ensure physical distancing.

      2. Flu vaccination appointments are available in Lerner Hall, Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET. Appointments are being added regularly so please check back if your first choice of date and time is not available.  Generally, appointments are available 10-14 days in advance. 

      3. On the day of your appointment, attest on ReOpenCU, wear a face covering, bring your University ID card, and  follow signs and staff instructions. The flu vaccine clinic area is accessible only via the campus entrance of Lerner Hall and a one directional flow is required. 

In keeping with University public health measures, the flu vaccine clinic staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and sanitize check-in and vaccine administration points regularly. 

Any person that schedules and is subsequently found to be ineligible for a flu vaccine from Columbia Health (prior to appointment or on arrival) will be referred to the appropriate, population-specific resources.


Medical & Religious Exemptions

To request a medical or religious exemption, please complete the appropriate form (found below), read the Flu Vaccine Information Statement, and upload all documents to the MyTC portal. Students with existing medical and religious immunization exemptions will not need to take any further actions. New requests must be received at least 14 calendar days before the student will arrive on campus.

Exemption requests will not be considered if incomplete documentation is submitted. Each complete request is carefully reviewed and a determination is made based on the information submitted. All requests are considered but approval is not guaranteed. Please note that all exemptions are temporary and must be renewed as noted in the instructions. 

Please allow 10-14 business days for exemption requests to be processed. Upon review, you will be notified in writing whether an exemption has been granted. 

TC Influenza Medical Immunization Exemption Request Form

TC Influenza Religious Exemption Request Form



The flu clinic location is wheelchair accessible. If you require sign-language interpreting services to communicate with our health care providers or large print or electronic information, please contact Disability Services at  disability@columbia.edu  or (212) 854-2388. 


Getting a Flu Vaccine Off Campus

Students on the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan can get a flu vaccine at their local pharmacy or primary care provider. There is no co-payment, unless you request a high-dose flu vaccine. 

Note that students are responsible for submitting their flu vaccination records. If you received your flu vaccination from Columbia Health, you are still responsible for obtaining those records and submitting it within the MyTC portal. Also note that vaccinations administered outside of Columbia Health are acceptable. 

We want to thank you all for your continued cooperation in complying with the TC’s guidelines in satisfying the essential requirements to obtain campus access. As a quick reminder, please visit the Campus Access Requirements section of the TC Preparedness site for further instructions and detailed information.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at health-immunization@tc.edu


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