Covid-19 Vaccination FAQs

Molloy College is requiring all students and employees, except those with approved medical or religious exemptions, to be fully vaccinated before returning to Molloy for the start of our Fall 2021 semester. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination for students is August 25, and the deadline for employees is September 1.

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 surging COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States, with most caused by the Delta variant.
    • 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.
    • The expectation, expressed by President Biden on Wednesday, July 21, that the COVID-19 vaccines will receive full FDA approval this fall.
    • 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 College’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).

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated 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 by August 25, 2021 for students and September 1, 2021 for employees.

What if I am not yet vaccinated?

Complete your vaccine series as soon as possible and upload proof of your completed vaccination no later than August 25, 2021 for students and September 1, 2021 for employees.

What is the deadline to upload proof of completed vaccination?

Proof of vaccination must be submitted by August 25, 2021 for students and by September 1, 2021 for employees.

What if I have not completed my vaccination by the  deadline?

If you have begun the vaccination series but will not be fully vaccinated by the deadline, you may request a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete the vaccination series. Waiver applications may be made in the Molloy Health Portal beginning August 5th. More details on this will be forthcoming.

Once vaccination is complete, you must upload your proof of vaccination.

Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Molloy in order to be allowed to participate in in-person learning and activities:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times except while eating or drinking.
  • You must immediately notify Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the College.

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.

What will happen if I am not in compliance?

If you are not in compliance, you will receive alerts and reminders to submit proof of vaccination. If you remain noncompliant beyond the indicated deadlines or any College-approved grace period, you will not be permitted on campus for any reason, which may impact your enrollment in classes.

How do I request a medical or religious exemption?

You may submit a request for medical or religious exemption in accordance with the College’s Immunization Policy. Please note that requesting an exemption does not guarantee that an exemption will be granted. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions will be required to follow established health and safety protocols at Molloy and must participate in the College’s ongoing monitoring and testing program in order to be allowed to participate in in-person learning and activities:

If I fall under an approved exemption (medical or religious) and am not vaccinated, will I be permitted at Molloy locations?

If you have an approved medical or religious exemption and are unvaccinated, you will be required to abide by all health and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals in order to be allowed to participate in in-person learning and activities:

      • You must wear a mask indoors at all times except while eating or drinking.
      • You must immediately notify Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the College.

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?

  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to continue wearing masks indoors at all times and outdoors except while eating or drinking.
  • Vaccinated individuals who are two full weeks out from the completion of a Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J series (or other World Health Organization-authorized COVID-19 vaccine), do not need to wear a mask.
  • 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?

    • Require all unvaccinated individuals (those with approved medical or religious exemption or who have been approved for a temporary waiver) to wear a mask indoors at all times except while eating or drinking.
    • Maintain our robust cleaning protocols.
    • Continue use of MERV-13 filters and the Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization System.
    • 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 College 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 College 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.

Does Section 564 of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) prohibit Molloy College from mandating a vaccine that is subject to an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

No, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ stated in a recent memorandum that the FDCA “concerns only the provision of information to potential vaccine recipients and does not prohibit public or private entities from imposing vaccination requirements for a vaccine that is subject to an emergency use authorization.”

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 restart20@molloy.edu