Vaccination Requirements for Spring 2022

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Students enrolled in any in-person or hybrid class will be required to get the COVID-19 booster shot when they become eligible. Governor Hochul announced this policy recently knowing that the booster provides additional protection against the virus and its variants and that vaccines are the best weapon we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard our health and that of our community.

Here’s how the booster mandate will work:

If you are eligible for the booster on January 28: You must upload proof of receiving the additional shot to CUNYfirst no later than March 1. This deadline applies even if your college’s spring semester begins in March.

If you become eligible after January 28, but before the end of the semester: You will have 30 days after you become eligible to get the booster and upload proof to CUNYfirst.

You will become eligible for the booster:

  • five months after the second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • two months after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The CDC recommends you choose the Pfizer or Moderna booster in most situations, regardless of which shot you received. Learn more about the booster shot and find a site near you here:

Instructions on uploading your booster proof are available here. If you attended in-person or hybrid courses this past fall and already uploaded proof of your first vaccines, you will have to add the booster shot — unless you have an approved exception or exemption.

Students who miss the deadline will not be able to register for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 classes.

Continue to stay updated on our COVID-19 guidelines by visiting our website:

Safely Entering BCC Campus (step-by-step instructions see below)

Reopening Guidelines

All students who need to come to campus (on-campus/hybrid courses, use the library, visit administrative offices, etc.) MUST be vaccinated.   Until Sept. 27,  there is only one way that you will be allowed on campus without being vaccinated:

  • You have a negative COVID 19 test result that is no more than seven (7) days old that was administered by the CUNY approved vendor “CLEARED4”.
    • There are only three ways that you are allowed in the CUNY COVID 19 Testing Protocol
      1. You have an approved medical exemption.
      2. You have an approved religious exception.
      3. You are in between vaccination doses (Moderna/Pfizer) or are in the 14 day waiting period after the last vaccination dose
    • If you fall into one of these three categories and have not received your welcome registration email from, please note that you must first ensure that your BCC e-mail is your preferred e-mail on CUNYfirst. Please click here for the video instructions on how to update your contact information:
        • After you do this, go to and click on the blue button that says “CLICK HERE FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT DESK” to submit a ticket.

BCC will only accept COVID test results from the CUNY vendor (Cleared4) that is on-site at every CUNY campus.  We will not accept results from an outside vendor (e.g., Urgent Care, Medical MD, your private physician).

  • Results cannot be more that seven (7) days old.
  • The testing vendor (Cleared4) is experiencing heavy delays in uploading results.  We recommend that you test early.

Campus Access – updated October 15, 2021

  • All enrolled students are required to be vaccinated, or have an approved medical or religious exemption and be participating in the monitoring program. Student participation in on-campus activities will require proof of vaccination.
  • Every visitor to a CUNY campus, whether accessing indoor or outdoor spaces, must provide proof to CUNY that they (i) are fully vaccinated or (ii) have had a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab no more than 7 days prior to the visit.
  • Visitors who are on campus for 30 minutes or less per visit do not have to comply with any COVID-19 vaccination or surveillance testing requirements applicable to CUNY staff unless the visitor expects during that time to be less than 6 feet distant of another person for a total of 15 minutes of more.
  • Visitors under the age of 12 do not have to comply with any COVID-19 vaccination or surveillance testing requirements unless they are enrolled in programs, but are subject to mask requirements.


The President’s office announced beginning Monday, March 7 mask requirements for faculty, staff and students in indoor settings and other non-enclosed spaces will no longer be in effect.

Revised guidelines issued by the CDC last week led to this change in policy. Anyone who wants to continue to use a mask is free to do so. The mask mandate has been in effect since August of 2021. Masks will continue to be available on campus.

Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez, Ph. D in a memo to the CUNY community noted the following:

  • Non-vaccinated individuals or those with a religious or medical exemption must continue to wear a mask.
  • CUNY will continue to monitor the CDC guidelines and should evolving circumstances require a reconsideration of the policy it will make the necessary changes to keep the CUNY community safe.
  • Quarantine guidelines will remain unchanged if you are fully vaccinated and received a booster or if you tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days and came into close contact to someone with COVID. You do not need to quarantine and can return to work or school, but you need to wear a mask from 10 days from the date of your last contact and at least 5 days after a close contact.
  • Suspension of the mask mandate does not affect the student booster requirement for those enrolled in hybrid or fully in-person courses. Students must upload proof of a booster within thirty days from the date they first became eligible to receive a booster shot.
  • All full and part-time faculty, non-teaching and instructional staff and ECPs are required to be fully vaccinated and the proof of vaccination needs to be uploaded Into CUNY First by April 1st.
  • Monitoring COVID moving forward, CUNY’s mandatory testing for anyone with a medical or religious exemption and the random testing program for vaccinated individuals will continue to operate without change.
  • Free PCR testing continues to be available for student, faculty, and staff at BCC testing sites.

Anyone with questions on the BCC mask mandates can contact COVID liaison Susan Fiore at

The President would like to thank everyone in the BCC community during these difficult times as we look to protect each other moving forward.

In the Event of Exposure:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who (i) had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and (ii) shows no symptoms of COVID-19, do not need to quarantine after exposure, but should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure AND not report to in-person work or class until they receive a negative test result or medical clearance to return.
  • An unvaccinated person who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, should quarantine for 10 days after a positive test. Isolation should be longer if symptoms are present – at least 24 hours after no fever without fever-reducing medication and all symptoms are improving.
  • Isolation is required for all individuals when diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • CUNY will continue to require unvaccinated individuals enter quarantine in the event of possible exposure.

In the Event of High Transmission or Community Spread

  • CUNY and each College monitors community spread and adheres to the latest CDC guidance in determining safety protocols required for safe, in-person operations. In general, 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population testing positive using a 14-day rolling average would trigger a transition to remote learning or limit on-campus activities.
  • The scale back /shut down campus protocols are outlined in the Reoccupancy Plan located on the website and determinations will be made in consultation with Chancellor and the Office of the COO.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Safely Entering BCC

The Cleared4 system will now provide an “Access Pass” by which all vaccinated faculty, staff, and students, will be gaining entry to campus.  The Everbridge VaxPass system will no longer be available for campus entry after September 27th.

Currently, CUNY is in the process of uploading all approved vaccination information into the Cleared4 system.  At this time, the majority of faculty and staff data entries have been completed.  As the entries are completed, you will receive two emails from “no The first email grants you access to the Cleared4 system.  The second welcome message will outline with for a user to register and receive the CUNY Access Pass.  Please be on alert for the Cleared4 emails from “”.   For those student- facing offices, kindly alert the students and encourage them to look for the Cleared4 email.

The welcome registration email will provide you with a personal link.
1.     Copy the link and paste it into your browser, where you will get a CUNY welcome message and a link that states “Show Access Pass.”
2.     Click on that “show access pass” link and you will receive the green “Cleared for CUNY Access” message, with the date and time stamp on the pass.
3.     Once you have successfully received the access pass, if you are using an iPhone, you can *add the link to your home screen and avoid going back to finding and copying the link daily. To save the app on your smart phone please follow the steps below:

  1. From the Cleared4 welcome message, * click the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it) located at the bottom of the iPhone screen.
  2. Scroll down to the list of actions and click on “Add to Home Screen”.
  3. Type a name for your site link. This will be the title that appears beneath its icon on your iPhone Home screen.
  4. If you are using an Android, copy and paste the link into your Chrome browser, you will  get a CUNY welcome message and a link that states “Show Access Pass”.
  5. From the Cleared4 welcome message, Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand         corner), scroll down and click on “Add to home screen”.
  6. Type a name for your site link. This will be the title that appears beneath its icon on your Android smartphone  Home screen.
  7. You always have the option of pasting the link into your browser on every occasion that you would like entry to campus.
    1. The new access pass will expire one year after the date of your final vaccination shot.

If you have not received your welcome email from Cleared4, please check your personal email address.  The welcome email is sent to your preferred email address listed in CUNYFirst.  If you need assistance with changing or updating information in CUNYFirst, please reach out to  If you have not received the welcome email to your preferred email address, please reach out to Luisa Martich, with a copy to Susan Fiore,

Please note:  If you are listed as having “dual roles” within CUNY, (e.g., you are both a student and an employee) there may be a delay in receiving your welcome email.  CUNY is in the process of working on this glitch.

For additional information visit CUNY Access – Cleared4 Guide for Vaccinated CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff Cleared4 FAQs

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