COVID-19 Updates

Last updated July 21, 2021

Community Messages

  • July 19, 2021 - Updated COVID Protocols and Decision

  • June 11, 2021 - How to upload your proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • June 1, 2021 - Updated Vaccine and COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Academic Year 2021-22 

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Key Takeaways

  • Pending full FDA approval of any one or more COVID-19 vaccine(s), LIM College will require proof of a COVID vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff who plan to study, learn, or work physically on campus in Fall 2021.

  • Up until the time that the FDA fully approves its first COVID-19 vaccine, LIM will continue to allow non-vaccinated students, faculty, and staff on campus.

  • All unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 baseline test prior to the start of the semester. This test must be administered on or after August 25 and the results must be submitted prior to September 3. This means:

    • If you get the Moderna vaccine, you must receive your first shot by July 23

    • If you get the Pfizer vaccine, you must receive your first shot by July 30 3. You must receive your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, no later than Aug. 20.

  • If you do NOT submit proof of vaccination by Sept. 3, in addition to the new baseline COVID-19 PCR test result mentioned above, you will also have to participate in ongoing testing throughout the semester until you are fully vaccinated. LIM College will NOT be providing testing on campus. You will need to obtain these tests on your own.

  • For information about how to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and test results, or other immunization records, click here.

Fall 2021 Coming to Campus FAQs

Yes. Pending full FDA approval of any one or more COVID-19 vaccine(s), LIM College WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF THE COVID-19 vaccine for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in Fall 2021. We encourage you to get vaccinated.

Easy. For information about how to upload your proof of vaccination, click here.

  • The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as being 14 days past the time your vaccination was completed –meaning after your second dose for a two-dose vaccine or after your single-dose vaccine.
  • Once you have completed the above, you will need to provide LIM with a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card after you are considered fully vaccinated. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”
  • If you have not submitted proof of full vaccination, you can submit a baseline negative COVID-19 test administered on/after August 25th so you are able to come to campus. All negative test results must be received by September 3rd in order for you to be approved to come to campus on September 8th (first day of classes). Generally speaking, all test results should be submitted two business days prior to your intended arrival on campus.
  • Proof of full vaccination must be received by September 3rd in order for you to not have to submit a negative baseline test to come to campus. You will run the risk of missing your first few days of classes if you are not fully vaccinated and you do not submit a negative baseline test.
  • You may not visit campus or your classrooms until LIM has received either your proof of full vaccination or your negative COVID test results.
  • Failure to submit your vaccination information and/or your COVID test results may prevent you from attending classes during the first week of classes or more.

No. For Fall 2021, Fully Vaccinated community members will not need to submit additional negative test results.

You may begin uploading your negative baseline results for tests administered on/after August 25th.

Yes. You will be asked to submit additional negative test results at designated times throughout the semester.

No. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to make the necessary arrangements to find a testing site in order to obtain and submit their negative test results.

Negative test results must be received by September 3rd or you will run the risk of missing your first few days of classes until the situation is resolved.

  • You may not visit campus or your classrooms until LIM has received either your proof of full vaccination or your negative COVID test results.
  • Failure to submit your vaccination information and/or your COVID test results may prevent you from attending classes during the first week of classes or more.

You will need to provide a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card AFTER you are considered FULLY VACCINATED. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”

Should the FDA approval take place after the start of the Fall 2021 semester, all community members will be given sufficient time to secure their vaccinations and reach fully vaccinated status.

  • Required to complete the Daily Health Screening
  • Required to wear a mask/PPE
  • Not required to show proof of vaccination or baseline negative COVID 19 test
  • Approved visitors include:
    • Invited guests with business interests: vendors, guest speakers, scheduled campus visits
    • Prospective student walk-ins allowed.
    • Admissions Campus Tours allowed
    • Classroom Guest Speakers are encouraged to continue participating virtually
      • If a guest speaker cannot participate virtually, masks can be removed if they present from behind plexiglass in the classroom
      • In-person guest speakers need to have a face shield provided by the College or present from behind plexiglass in the meeting space.

Face coverings will be required for all community members and guests regardless of vaccination status.

  • In-person student appointments and meetings will resume.
  • Virtual meetings and appointments will continue to be an option.

All events, field trips, and student club/organization meetings can resume occurring both in person and virtually.

  • On-campus meetings and events must follow all campus protocols, including but not limited to physical distancing and face coverings.
  • Off-site events are subject to the protocols of the host location, not LIM protocols.
  • Club/Organizations should find ways to include in-person and virtual participation.

Thorough disinfection and cleaning will continue occurring on campus both throughout the day and at the conclusion of each day.

Vaccine Requirement FAQs

The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as being 14 days past the time your vaccination was completed –meaning after your second dose for a two-dose vaccine or after your single-dose vaccine.

Once you have completed the above, you will need to provide LIM with a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card after you are considered fully vaccinated. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”

Even though the three vaccines listed above have been granted emergency authorization for use in the U.S., official FDA approval is being sought.

The College will allow those with a documented medical or religious reason to request an exemption. Approval is at the discretion of the College. As with other immunization exemption requests, students will need to submit a written exemption request to the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services (CAS [at] limcollege.edu). Employees requesting exemption will need to submit their requests to the Office of Human Resources (humanResources [at] limcollege.edu).

Medical exemption requests must be signed by a physician, physician associate/assistant, or nurse practitioner indicating medical contraindication to vaccination. Those who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices of immunization will need to submit an individual written statement referencing those beliefs.

LIM reserves the right to request additional information in conjunction with any exemption request in order to make a determination regarding approval.

Your privacy is extremely important to LIM College. Only the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services, and/or the College’s COVID Core Team, which manages LIM’s response to the pandemic, will have access to your proof of vaccination status and/or exemption documentation.

The College will provide a reasonable timeframe for any students, faculty, and staff who are not yet vaccinated to complete the vaccine process once this FDA approval is finalized.

Yes. The College has decided to require this proof and the CDC has affirmed that previously having COVID-19 doesn’t guarantee or ensure immunity to becoming re-infected nor is it a substitute for vaccination.

No. Once the FDA fully approves one or more vaccines, this will not be an option, except for those who have an approved exemption (see above). The College will provide a reasonable timeframe for any community members who are not yet vaccinated to complete the vaccine process once this FDA approval is finalized.

As indicated above, the College has decided to require this proof and the CDC has affirmed that previously having COVID-19 doesn’t guarantee or ensure immunity to becoming re-infected nor is it a substitute for vaccination.

No, but the vaccine is readily available at NO COST in many locations in New York City and throughout the New York metropolitan area.

You have many options available in your local area. Simply visit www.vaccines.gov to find the best option near you. To assist those in New York City and in the surrounding area, we have put together an extensive, though not complete, listing of vaccine resources at: LIM COVID Resource Kit.

Vaccines are available on both an appointment and/or walk-in basis at most major pharmacies, urgent care centers, clinics, and hospitals. Many communities, including in New York City, are now sponsoring pop-up vaccine sites at popular summer locations. (See the links in the previous question for further information.)

No. While LIM recommends that all community members receive a vaccine, any of the current vaccines approved by the FDA or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use will suffice.

No. It does not matter which vaccine gets approved by the FDA first. Upon approval of the first vaccine, LIM will require and accept proof of full vaccination based on receiving any COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. or those administered outside of the U.S. that have by recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use.

Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the U.S. and is available for free in New York State to all individuals of eligible age regardless of citizenship status.

Yes. We encourage you, if possible, to arrive in the U.S. as early as August 9 to begin your vaccination process as soon as possible.

In the U.S. you will have many options of nearby vaccination sites. Simply visit www.vaccines.gov to find the best option near you. To assist those in New York City and the surrounding area, we have put together an extensive, though not complete, listing of vaccine resources at: LIM COVID Resource Kit.

Currently the FDA has granted emergency authorization use for the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, as well as the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In addition, LIM will accept English-language proof of vaccines fully administered outside of the U.S. that have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use. For a current listing of those vaccines, see the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL).