Immunization Requirements

 

Immunization Requirements

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella and a completed Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form are required of all incoming students.


Please submit completed Immunization Forms, including the required Meningitis Response Form, and/or existing documentation (you may submit copies  of your vaccination documents; e.g. official documentation of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations from childhood or from another university/institution) as soon as possible to the Wellness Center. You will NOT be able to register as a student without proof of immunization.
If you need to be vaccinated, you may come in to one of our walk-in MMR vaccination clinics (check the GC Calendar for date and time) or visit one of the Department of Health clinics listed below.
While we do not impose a deadline, it is strongly advised that you start this process at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your registration date to avoid delays in clearance for registration.

Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from the MMR requirement. Please read the Student Immunization Record Form, linked on the right column of this page, for more details on how to file for this exemption. Students taking less than 6 credits are not required to submit immunization documentation.

Requirements are as follows:

MMR Documentation
Compliance with NYS Public Health Law 2165 requires the following:

  • Dates of two measles vaccinations or dates for two MMRs (combined measles, mumps, rubella vaccine). The two vaccinations are required to be at least 28 days apart, and the 1st dose must not have been administered more than 4 days prior to your 1st birthday.
  • Date of one mumps vaccine received no more than 4 days prior to your 1st birthday (not necessary if you have had at least one MMR).
  • Date of one rubella vaccine received no more than 4 days prior to your 1st birthday (not necessary if you have had at least one MMR).
  • Health provider’s signature AND an official health provider stamp (MD, NP, PA), clinic stamp, or records office stamp must appear on the Student Immunization Record Form or on any other measles, mumps and rubella documentation (including records from another university) in order for it to be processed by our office.
  • If you do not have any way to document past vaccinations, you may see a physician for a blood titer test. If you are submitting lab titer results as proof of immunity, a copy of the official lab report must be included.
Meningococcal Meningitis Response Requirement

Compliance with NYS Public Health Law 2167 requires all students review the meningococcal meningitis information attached to the Meningitis Response Form and file a record of an appropriate response with our office. The meningococcal vaccination is not required, however all Graduate Center students are required to either:

  • Review the meningococcal disease information attached to the Meningitis Response Form, check the appropriate response, complete, sign and submit the form to the Wellness Center Student Health Services
  • OR  Review the meningococcal disease information attached to the Meningitis Response Form and submit a copy of your documents showing vaccination against meningococcal disease within the last 10 years.

How to submit your forms:

Submit all completed forms and/or documentation to Student Health Services. A scanned PDF attachment emailed to wellness@gc.cuny.edu is preferred.  In person, mail, or fax is also acceptable. Please do not submit original documents and always keep a copy for your records.

We strongly advise that all new students begin this process early (at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your registration date) to avoid any delays in registration.

The Wellness Center Student Health Services
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6422
New York, New York, 10016
FAX: 212.817.1602
PHONE: 212.817.7020

NYC Department of Health Immunization Clinics

FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINICS INCLUDING SEASONAL FLU VACCINES are available at the following locations. No appointment is necessary; persons will be seen on a first come first served basis. Please arrive early.
For the most up to date information regarding locations' hours, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/immun-clinics.shtml.

Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, at the corner of Willoughby Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(Near the Fulton Mall and Long Island University, not on Flatbush Avenue Proper)
Adults and Children 4 years of age and over
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Directions: A, C & F to Jay Street, or 2, 3, 4 & 5 to Nevins Street, or R, Q, B & M to DeKalb Ave.

Corona Health Center
34-33 Junction Boulevard - 3rd Floor, Queens, New York 11372
(between 34th avenue & 34th road)
Adults
Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Directions: #7 train to Junction Boulevard

Tremont Health Center
1826 Arthur Avenue - 1st Floor, Bronx, New York 10457
(between Cross Bronx Expwy & Tremont avenue)
Adults and Children 4 years of age and over
Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:30 AM to - 2:00 PM
Directions: #2 or #5 train to East Tremont Ave-West Farms Square, or #4 train to Burnside Ave, then #40 or #42 bus to Arthur Ave

For additional information about clinic services, and to confirm the days and hours of operation, please call 311.
Visit nyc.gov/flu for the latest information about Seasonal flu.

Request a Copy of Your Immunization Records from the Wellness Center

Fill out a Request for Immunization Records form and return it to the Wellness Center. Please include your contact information in case we have any questions about your request.  Please note that we keep immunization records on file 7 years from the date of admission. 
Allow up to 3 business days for our office to process your request.

You may fax, email, mail, or drop-off your completed form to:
The Wellness Center
Room 6422
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10016
Tel. 212-817-7020
Fax 212-817-1602
wellness@gc.cuny.edu