Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As CUNY continues to prepare for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory illness causing flu-like symptoms, it is important to gather facts, take preventative measures and chart the best course forward. Only by anticipating and planning for a wide range of scenarios, and taking appropriate precautions, can we alleviate the fears that often arise in such times of uncertainty.
CUNY is actively tracking all of the guidance it has been receiving from the NYC DOH and the New York State Department of Health to proactively manage the risk associated with 2019-CoV. The CUNY Health Services directors were also asked to contact their respective international student offices and study abroad programs to encourage them to check the CDC and NYC DOH websites for updates.
COVID-19 Vaccination Deadlines for Summer/Fall 2022
For the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters, the majority of CUNY courses will be in-person. Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must have up-to-date vaccination status when classes begin, or they will be de-registered before classes begin. Further, all students taking in-person or hybrid classes must upload proof of that status to CUNYfirst by ten (10) days before classes begin. Additional guidelines and deadlines below:
- If your vaccination documents are already approved in CUNYfirst, you do not need to re-submit them, but they must include proof of being up-to-date.
- All students (except those with approved exemptions or exceptions) must have up-to-date vaccinations in order to enter any CUNY facility.
- The deadline to submit a religious exception or medical exemption for the Fall ’22 semester is July 25, 2022. Late submissions will be considered, but the deadline is in place to ensure that anyone denied will have ample time to receive the vaccine before the start of the semester.
Governor Hochul announced that CUNY students taking in-person or hybrid classes starting in the 2022 Spring Term will be required to get a booster shot when eligible. Students become eligible for the booster:
- five months after they receive the second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- two months after they receive the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine
For example, if a student received the second dose of the Pfizer shot on August 27, 2021, they are eligible for the booster shot beginning January 27, 2022, five months after.
Students will have 30 days after they become eligible to receive the shot and upload proof to CUNYfirst.
Early Summer Session Begins on 5/31/2022
Late Summer Session Begins on 7/6/2022
Fall Session Begins on 08/25/2022
07/25/22 deadline to submit a religious exception or medical exemption
After uploading your vaccine information, vaccination card, or medical or religious exemption request, it will take a few days to verify the information. Note: The system will not automatically notify you whether or not your vaccine information has been approved. After a couple of days, begin checking CUNYfirst to see if your vaccine information was approved. Once it is approved, you will also see the approval on your QCC Connect app. Show your approval on the app to Public Safety to access campus.
Visit the CUNY Student Vaccination Mandate FAQ for more information.
Use these tools to find a free vaccine site close to you and to check which vaccine(s) they offer:
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Summer Office Hours
Monday to Thursday
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on Fridays, except June 24 and July 8 - the office will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on those days
Phone: (718) 631-6375
Fax: (718) 631-6330
As per NY State, immunization requirements are mandated by law for all students between the ages of 2 months and 18 years of age. Children must be exluded from school if they do not meet these requirements.
Infection Disease Protocols
To protect the health and safety of our campus community, CUNY has in place an Infectious Disease Protocol that all campuses adhere to in the rare case that an outbreak of an infectious disease is reported. This protocol is also available on the University¹s website.
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Information about the Zika virus
What is Zika virus disease (Zika)?
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito and sexual contact. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
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For students: If you're traveling for Spring Break, see the CDC's Zika virus travel tips and precautions» opens in a new window
Queensborough Community College will continue to monitor this situation and will notify you of any further developments. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. You can also visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website for more information on the Zika virus» opens in a new window as well as the CUNY website for more information on Zika virus opens in a new window.
NYS Higher Ed Immunization Collaborative is thrilled to welcome Queensborough along with KBCC, HOSTOS, BMCC in CUNY into the NYS Higher Ed Immunization Collaborative.
As the first of its kind in higher education, this Collaborative will support campuses in addressing the multi-level factors that impact immunization rates through rapid testing, adaptation, implementation, and dissemination of best practices using quality improvement methods and a shared learning approach. Participating in this new statewide Collaborative is a unique and high impact opportunity for learning, networking, improving, and leading within and across our institutions in developing new knowledge; bringing about change that will increase immunization rates; reducing the incidence of vaccine preventable disease on our campuses; and ensuring that our students are healthier and our campuses safer.
Joining as a partner in the NYS Higher Ed Immunization Collaborative gives CUNY access to all project activities and technical support for the period of June 2016 to January 2018. The faculty -- from New York University, the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other subject-matter experts on immunization and quality improvement -- will provide coaching and support to participating teams.
CUNY will be a tremendous asset to this exciting new endeavor, and we look forward to working more closely with you in the coming years.
The Office of Health Services provides feminine hygiene products as well as a variety of other services at no charge to all registered students.
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Our Mission and Goals
The Office of Health Services enthusiastically supports the College’s mission in promoting academic excellence and the development of the individual through health awareness, counseling and outside referral. A healthy student today ensures student enrollment and retention and Health Services provides an open door and confidential setting for medical assistance and assessment.
1. Reduce incidence of medical withdrawals through better utilization of existing health resources. Students can seek medical advice in a timely manner to avoid or decrease medical withdrawals to help them stay on track towards a degree completion.
2. To educate and raise awareness of primary care prevention in students to enhance the importance of taking responsibility of their health and all the resources that are available to them during the college experience. It also prepares them post-graduation to be successful in the workforce or continuing studies.