Covid-19 Vaccination FAQs

Molloy University is requiring all students and employees, except those with approved medical or religious exemptions, to have completed the primary vaccination series before coming to any Molloy University facility

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Molloy requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students?

Molloy has continued to monitor the research and data regarding the spread of COVID-19. Our decision to implement this policy is based on:
    • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows that vaccination is highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death.
    • Scientific evidence that shows the benefits of vaccination and supports the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus.
    • Our focus on protecting our students and college community by implementing measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

Who does this policy apply to?

Molloy University’s vaccine requirement currently applies to all current Molloy students except those with approved medical or religious exemptions or those enrolled in a fully online program who will not visit any Molloy location.

What vaccines are accepted?

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines are those currently authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes those vaccines currently authorized for emergency use in the United States (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson).

What is the primary course of vaccination ?

Completion of the primary course of vaccination is two weeks after administration of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks after administration of a single dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). 

What if I am already vaccinated?

Upload proof of your completed vaccination to the Molloy Health Portal.

What if I am not yet vaccinated?

Complete your vaccine series before the start of the semester and upload proof of your complete vaccination before you come to any Molloy University location.

What if I have not completed my vaccination by the beginning of the semester ?

If you have begun the vaccination series but have not completed the primary course of vaccination by the beginning of the semester, you may request a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete the vaccination series. Once vaccination is complete you must upload your proof of vaccination.

Until you are fully vaccination, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Molloy to participate in in-person learning and activities - immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for Covid-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with Covid-19.

What if I am fully remote or in an online degree program (i.e.: won’t be on campus)?

You are exempt from this policy if you are a fully remote student. If you visit any Molloy location for any reason, you are required to show proof of vaccination.

Where can I go with concerns or questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Do I still need to wear a mask once I am fully vaccinated?

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to continue wearing masks indoors at all times and outdoors except while eating or drinking.
  • Local and state departments of health require that patients and providers in health care settings wear masks regardless of vaccination status. This applies to Molloy students and faculty in healthcare settings.
  • Some individuals may choose to continue wearing a mask for personal or medical reasons in all settings.
  • Some organizations and businesses may continue to require masks — individuals should honor all posted signage and wear masks indoors if requested to do so.
  • What should I do if I have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine?

    If you are unvaccinated, it is mandatory at Molloy to continue wearing a mask indoors at all times except while eating or drinking. After the deadline, if you are unvaccinated and have not been approved for either an exemption or a temporary waiver, you will no longer be permitted on at any Molloy location for any reason.

    By following established health and safety protocols, the Molloy community was highly successful at preventing the spread of the virus on campus and keeping our positive rate far below the threshold throughout the pandemic. All Molloy community members should continue with vigilant hand hygiene and stay home when feeling unwell.

    Where can I find more information about the currently authorized and recognized vaccine options?

    What else is Molloy doing to continue safeguarding our community?

    • Maintain our robust cleaning protocols.
    • Keep protective barriers in place in offices, study spaces and other areas.
    • Encourage all community members to continue with vigilant hand hygiene and stay home when feeling unwell, among other proven mitigation strategies.
    • Remain flexible in case the public health situation changes and state officials announce new requirements or restrictions.

    What are the benefits of being vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
    • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States and World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.
    • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you will get COVID-19.
    • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Experts continue to conduct studies to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may reduce spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Being fully vaccinated makes you eligible for the New York state Excelsior Pass, a mobile app that provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. This can help you get into places and do things that require proof of vaccination.

Can Molloy University require its employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally prohibits employers from asking disability-related questions. The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that employers may require documentation or other proof of vaccination as that is not a disability-related inquiry. For more information see, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” Question and Answer K.9.

Does the ADA, Title VII or any other federal Equal Employment Opportunity law prevent Molloy University from mandating that its employees physically entering the workplace be vaccinated against COVID-19?

No. Employer vaccine mandates are permissible under those laws, so long as reasonable accommodations are provided to employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless such accommodations would pose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.

How to upload proof of vaccination:

To upload proof of vaccination, please access the Molloy Health Portal by clicking here:

  1. Enter your Molloy user ID and password (same as your Molloy email),
  2. Click on the Forms tab at top of page,
  3. Click on COVID-19 Immunization History and input your vaccine dates,
  4. Click on the Document Upload tab at the top of the page and upload your vaccine card.

Uploaded of proofs of vaccination are confidentially stored in the Molloy Health Portal.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact