COVID-19 Vaccine Information

All students, faculty, staff, and certain visitors on the Henrietta campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Fall Semester.

Booster Requirements

RIT is requiring faculty, staff, and students to obtain a booster shot by May 15. However, if COVID-19 conditions change (e.g., a new variant), we reserve the right to reexamine our policies and set a new deadline. The best course of action is to get boosted as soon as you are eligible.

Booster eligibility time frame varies by vaccination and may change according to available data. If you were vaccinated with other WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, you are most likely eligible for a booster as well. See the CDC booster shot eligibility page for more information.

Students should upload their booster information to the Wellness Portal. Employees should upload their information into Oracle Employee Self-Service or the COVID Booster Information Upload page.

For Students:

The COVID-19 Booster form will appear in the RIT Wellness Portal for any student who has submitted proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine series. When eligible, students should receive their COVID-19 booster and complete the COVID-19 Booster form to submit proof of their compliance.

Students who have not submitted their COVID-19 vaccine series information yet will have the ability to include booster information in their COVID-19 Vaccine form -- submitting all vaccine information at one time. If they do not have their booster upon completion of the COVID-19 Vaccine form, they should submit proof of their completed COVID-19 vaccine series and will then receive a COVID-19 Booster form to complete at a later time.

Free On-Campus COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinics

Wegmans will be on campus to provide the COVID-19 booster vaccine to students, staff, and faculty. You must register for an appointment.

  • Monday, March 21, 2-4 p.m. - August Center, Student Health Conference Room

The following COVID-19 booster vaccines will be available:

  • Moderna – Eligible 5 months after second dose
  • Pfizer – Eligible 5 months after second dose

Register* for an appointment

*Search by ZIP code 14623 and use the date filter to select the date of the clinic you would like to schedule an appointment for. Pay attention to the name of each clinic to ensure you are selecting the clinic titled RIT Community COVID Booster Clinic.

Please keep the following in mind as you schedule your COVID-19 booster vaccine appointment:

  • You will need to wait 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine for observation
  • You will need to bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card and insurance card with you to your appointment

If you are unable to attend an upcoming clinic, vaccination site resources are available to help you locate COVID-19 vaccine options in the area.

Vaccination Requirements

All students, faculty, and staff on the Henrietta campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Fall Semester. RIT’s Mandatory Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy applies to all employees regardless of whether they work on-site or remotely, unless the individual qualifies for and receives an exemption.

Extended visitors, defined as individuals who are physically on the RIT campus for more than six consecutive days or more than 10 days in a rolling four-week period, are required to be fully vaccinated. Prospective students and families coming onto campus solely for purposes of visiting and/or touring the campus are not required to be fully vaccinated unless they meet the definition of extended visitor. The vaccination requirements apply to individuals age 6 months and older.

Read more about vaccine requirements in the RIT Safety Plan

Vaccination Site Resources

Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or approved by the World Health Organization.

Consider scheduling a vaccine appointment at the Wegmans located at 650 Hylan Drive. Rochester Regional Health Family Medicine Practice at RIT has a COVID-19 vaccine sign-up for eligible RIT faculty and staff.

VaccineFinder is a free, online service where you can search for pharmacies and providers that offer the vaccination. VaccineFinder is operated by Boston Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the CDC.

CDC Retail Pharmacy List includes various pharmacies offering the vaccine through the federal government. This site also allows you to search pharmacies by state.

Frequently Asked Questions

All students, faculty, staff, and certain visitors age 6 months and older (see full Safety Plan for details) must be vaccinated (initial one- or two-dose regimen). Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or on the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL).

Students whose coursework is fully online and who will not be on campus for any reason may request an exception. Please reach out to the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 to request an online exemption.

All faculty, staff, and certain visitors age 6 months and older (see full Safety Plan for details) must be vaccinated (initial one- or two-dose regimen). Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or on the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL).

Certain extended visitors (see full Safety Plan for details) must be vaccinated (initial one- or two-dose regimen). Extended visitors are defined as individuals who are (will be) physically on the RIT Campus for more than 6 consecutive days or more than 10 days in a rolling 4-week period. This does not include contractor/supplier employees whose work areas are physically (utilizing construction fencing, or construction barriers) separated from the campus population.

Individuals that are (will be) physically on the RIT campus for more than six consecutive days or more than 10 days in a rolling four-week period are required to be fully vaccinated. Ensuring compliance with this requirement is the responsibility of the Contractor/Supplier and the sponsoring department.

Prospective students and families coming onto campus solely for purposes of visiting and/or touring the campus, are not required to be fully vaccinated unless they meet the definition of extended visitor. (Extended visitors are defined as individuals who are (will be) physically on the RIT campus for more than six consecutive days or more than 10 days in a rolling four-week period.)

RIT students must provide proof of full vaccination by logging onto the RIT Wellness Portal.

Current RIT employees will need to provide proof of full vaccination in Oracle Employee Self-Serve and attach appropriate documentation. Any new employees/adjuncts will share their vaccination information with their hiring manager, who will fill out the Proof of Vaccination form and send it to hr@rit.edu.

Only medical and religious exemptions will be allowed. Employees who are unable to receive the vaccine for specific medical or religious reasons can follow the employee request for accommodation process. Students unable to receive the vaccine for specific medical or religious reasons can follow the exemption process through the Student Health Center. Visitors are not eligible for an exemption.

The booster requirement continues to be suspended indefinitely. We are monitoring the development of new boosters. We will evaluate future requirements based on how the virus progresses.

COVID-19 vaccines help protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death. The vaccines also help protect against infection. People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19, but they are much less likely to experience severe symptoms than people who are unvaccinated.