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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement & Safety Measures

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We are entering a new, less serious phase in the national response to COVID-19 in which the federal government will discontinue the public health emergency on May 11, 2023. This milestone is possible because of the significant decline in hospitalizations and deaths nationally and in New York compared with the start of the pandemic, and the availability of effective vaccines and therapeutics.  

With this new phase, NYU is making some important changes to our COVID-19 vaccination policy effective May 11, 2023:


Vaccination Requirement

NYU will end its requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and the requirement to upload proof of vaccination. The primary series will continue to be required for covered Dental students and Dental employees in accordance with applicable law.

Visitors, including vendors and alumni, will no longer need to show proof of vaccination. However, sponsors must submit an Access Request Form through NYU’s visitor management system each time a visitor or vendor needs access to NYU buildings or activities. 


Some employees may work in clinical settings or in certain programs or sites where a vaccine requirement may persist. In those instances, employees should follow the particular local guidance, in consultation with their program, dean’s office, or unit head, rather than this general guidance.


Notwithstanding these changes, I want to remind members of the NYU community of some important practices related to respiratory illnesses:

  • COVID-19 boosters are still strongly recommended
  • Masks are always welcome around NYU
  • Stay home if you’re sick


The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and to communicate with the University community in line with developments.

As we make this important transition, I want you to know that we are grateful to everyone for the spirit of cooperation and the level of dedication and perseverance that has prevailed during the pandemic.

Other COVID-19 Protocols

As of February 2023, there are a few protocols in place for the health and safety of the community.  These include the Violet Go Pass to enter any campus building or University-sponsored activity, optional masking, and reporting positive cases and isolating at home if ill or testing positive for COVID-19.  Up-to-date information on University campus health protocols can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

Reporting, Isolation, & Quarantine Requirements

Students, faculty, and employees with symptoms; who are officially exempted from vaccination and come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; who receive a positive COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status; or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.