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This message was sent to the Rockefeller community from the Office of the Executive Vice President on August 23, 2021 at 12:32 p.m.
Subject: COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Dear Rockefeller colleagues,

As announced last week, as part of our continuing efforts to maintain a safe workplace, the University is requiring all personnel, including faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, students, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption. The full policy can be found here.

The announced mandate is effective immediately given today’s news that the FDA has granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older.

All personnel will need to receive at least a first dose of a vaccine with full approval or emergency use authorization by September 15, 2021. The second dose must be received by October 13, 2021. 

Although Rockefeller’s policy previously stated that compliance would require a first dose of vaccine be received within two weeks of the FDA’s full approval, the University is relaxing that requirement and is instead using the dates above.

Appointments for on-campus vaccination can be obtained by contacting Occupational Health Services (OHS) at x8414 or emailing

Confirmation of vaccination must be provided to OHS by emailing a copy or photo of each side of the CDC vaccination card to

Full details of the policy, including additional venues/providers for obtaining the vaccine and requests for exemptions can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact OHS ( or Human Resources (

Thank you to everyone for all of the collective efforts to keep the community as safe and healthy as possible. Please continue taking care of yourselves and your loved ones,


Timothy P. O’Connor, PhD
Executive Vice President
The Rockefeller University