COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2022

Posted Aug. 22, 2022

Recent media attention has highlighted the college’s decision to not mandate, but still strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination for in-person students this fall.

Our reasons for this decision included:

  • the expiration of New York State’s Executive Order requiring student vaccination;
  • persistent concerns expressed by students and parents;
  • the fact that college faculty, staff, visitors and high school students on campus are not required to be vaccinated;
  • the reality that the college does not have dormitories or residence halls;
  • the lack of any mandate for area high school students to be vaccinated;
  • and the fact that most government agencies, businesses, community and not-for-profit organizations no longer require vaccination to participate in in-person activities.

Although our goal was to increase access and remove a barrier to higher education after an extraordinarily difficult time for many students, the State University of New York (SUNY) requires the college to continue to comply with its vaccination policy for the fall semester. In short, permitting vaccination to be optional for in-person students is not feasible at this time.

Already, more than 85 percent of fall semester students have submitted proof of vaccination to the college. Those who have not yet provided proof of vaccination or applied for an exemption, should visit www.hvcc.edu/covid19 for information on how to submit these documents.

Consistent with the vaccine policy’s rollout in Fall 2021, students taking on-campus classes will have up to 30 calendar days, until Sept. 29, 2022, to submit proof of receiving either a single dose COVID-19 vaccine or beginning a two-dose vaccine series.

Throughout the pandemic, Hudson Valley has ensured a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff, and supported the greater community’s fight against the virus. We will continue to do so as we monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 as the semester begins and respond in the best interest of our students and community.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at (518) 629-7307.

Sincerely,

Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
President
Hudson Valley Community College