Message to Admitted Students

Requirement of Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

As you may know, NYU requires all members of its community to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster vaccination. We are writing to bring your attention to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulations entitled "Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities" (10 NYCRR 2.61). Those regulations require all covered healthcare facilities, including most facilities at the College of Dentistry, to ensure that their employees and students are vaccinated against COVID-19. Students accessing 345 E. 24th Street, 421 First Avenue, and 336 Flatbush Avenue are subject to these requirements, and NYU cannot currently permit access to these facilities without compliance with the DOH regulations. Please note that access to these facilities is required in order to fulfill the requirements of the College of Dentistry curriculum for your program, except in very limited circumstances, as/if indicated for students enrolled in non-clinical programs.

Importantly, the DOH regulations do not provide an exemption for religious beliefs. NYU Dentistry has no choice but to comply with the DOH regulations.

This notice serves to reiterate the requirements of both NYU policy and the DOH regulations and to remind you that proof of COVID-19 vaccination consistent with policy and law will be required for your matriculation and for access to NYU Dentistry buildings.  

Additionally, please be mindful that if you are granted a medical exemption, such exemption will be granted on a temporary basis when the underlying condition is expected to resolve. At NYU, requests for medical exemptions for students are evaluated by the Student Health Center and not by any office within the College.