A: All students, faculty and staff who will live, study or work on campus will be required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. For students, this requirement applies to all students who live on campus and/or participate in on-campus classes, studies, research, or activities.
All individuals who are eligible for a booster shot must receive a shot and submit documentation of the same by March 1, 2022 if applicable; for those individuals who become eligible for a booster shot after March 1 2022, evidence of the booster shot must be provided to the college within 30 days of eligibility.
A: All students and employees must either submit a record of full vaccination or receive a medical or religious accommodation. The original deadline for that was August 1, 2021. New employees and students must submit a record of full vaccination or an approved accommodation before beginning work or starting classes. All individuals who are eligible for a booster shot must receive a shot and submit documentation of the same by March 1, 2022 if applicable; for those individuals who become eligible for a booster shot after March 1 2022, evidence of the booster shot must be provided to the college within 30 days of eligibility.
A: Any vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA use in the U.S. (currently, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) is acceptable for purposes of the College’s vaccine policy.
A: As a campus community, we would like to return to what we love about our Hartwick experience: living and learning together in a way that is both safe and enjoyable. We want to return to group travel, in person music, in person theatre, in person athletics, and in person socializing, being together, learning together, and preparing for our future, together. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 challenge the best current tool at our disposal for reclaiming the Hartwick campus experience is vaccination.
A: Medical accommodations for those for whom a COVID-19 vaccine may be medically contraindicated will be considered in accordance with guidance from public health authorities, Hartwick College policy and applicable law. An individual who adheres to a sincerely held religious belief that conflicts with COVID-19 vaccination may also apply for an accommodation. The process for applying for accommodations can be found in the Hartwick College COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
A: We cannot be certain what, if any, public health measures related to COVID will be required in at any given point in the course of the pandemic. This may largely depend upon how many community members get vaccinated soon, whether more variants emerge with continued infections, and when/if we reach a level of community herd immunity through infection or vaccination. Whatever the conditions around us are, we anticipate that we will have more freedom on a fully vaccinated campus than if a significant portion of students and employees are unprotected. We are choosing the path that will lead to the best experience possible, for the greatest number of people. We will make adjustments to this policy as necessary based on factors such as the future course of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from local, state and federal agencies.
State-run mass vaccination sites no longer require appointments for people getting their first dose. Anyone 16-years-old and older who lives, works, or studies in New York state can walk in anytime while clinics are open to receive the first dose of a COVID vaccine. You can find more information, or still make an appointment if you prefer, on the state’s vaccination website or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.
A: Vaccination is not just about protecting yourself but helping to protect the ones you love and people in the greater community.
Also, the Omicron variant seems to be relatively good at evading immunity from earlier infection. The first recorded death from the Omicron variant was a man in Texas who had recovered from an earlier variant.
A: Vaccinated guests and visitors to campus are permitted. These visitors include attendees at college events (athletics, concerts, True Blue, etc.), guest lecturers, performers, etc. When necessary, we will limit capacity or access as public and campus in response to changing health conditions.
All campus visitors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to provide either their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Full vaccination requires at least one booster shot on or before March 1 2022.
Effective Thursday, March 3, 2022, any student, employee or visitor who has provided the College with evidence of an up to date vaccination status will no longer need to wear a mask in indoor settings on the Hartwick campus. Up to date vaccination includes a booster shot for those who are eligible.