COVID-19 Announcements and FAQs
COVID-19 Announcements and FAQs
If you are fully vaccinated, you may travel without prior authorization. If your travel means you will fall behind on your testing requirement, please complete the travel form. If you are planning to travel internationally, please review Requirements for International Travelers.
If you have an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you may only travel outside of Connecticut in an emergency. To request permission to travel, use the travel request form.
If you are vaccinated but not through Yale Health, register your vaccination by submitting documentation through the vaccination portal after you receive your final dose. (Vaccinations through Yale Health are registered automatically.)
If you are a new student, you have a series of vaccination and medical documentation requirements; this may also be the case if you are returning after a gap in your enrollment. Instructions for meeting those requirements are available on the Yale Health page: New Undergraduate Student Forms.
Those documents were due by August 1. If you have already submitted your documentation and are still on Health Hold, please check the "Messages" section of the vaccination portal for information about any problems with your paperwork. You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Being on Health Hold will prevent you from being able to register for Spring 2022.
If you are in the United States and having troubling accessing a COVID-19 vaccination, call the CCRL for help: 203-432-6604 (toll-free at 866-924-9253), 7 days a week, 8:30 am–5:00 p.m.
If you are in a country where no approved COVID-19 vaccination is accessible and are not already in communication with the Yale College Dean's Office, please write to email@example.com for instructions.
Please write to Dean Sarah Insley to let her know that your plans have changed, then upload your vaccination documentation.
If you have already received a full vaccination series (one or two doses), submit or confirm your documentation through the Yale Student Vaccine Portal by following the instructions below. (Do this even if you can see documentation in MyChart; due to health privacy laws, you need to upload the information yourself into the vaccine portal.) Do this now.
- Log into the Yale Student Vaccine Portal.
- Select the Immunization button on the navigation bar.
- Enter your vaccination dates.
- Upload the appropriate documentation (vaccine card or other record with your name and date of birth).
- Allow one week for your documentation to be marked as “verified” in the portal. (If a week passes and your documentation is not marked as verified, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to troubleshoot.)
If you are partially vaccinated (having received one of a two dose series), you need to wait until you have gotten your second does to upload your documentation to the Yale Student Vaccine Portal.
If your second dose is less than two weeks before your scheduled arrival on campus, you will need to arrive one week early for quarantine. If you are living on campus, someone from the Yale College Dean's Office will be in touch soon to arrange for your early arrival. Otherwise, plan to arrive in New Haven early for a one-week quarantine in your off-campus house or apartment. Remember to follow public health guidelines for unvaccinated community members until two weeks after your second dose.
Yes. All students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption, by the time they arrive. The deadline for submitting materials for meeting this requirement was August 1, 2021.
Yes. If you are sophomore, junior, or senior, you may declare a leave of absence for one or two terms, just as you would in any other semester. Leaves in 2021-2022 will not count toward the usual two-term limit on leaves. The last day to request a leave for the fall term is September 15, 2021. You can make the request for a leave of absence in the Student Information Systems (SIS).
If you are a first-year student, you may request to postpone your matriculation until fall 2022 (i.e., take a gap year). If you are a first-year student and wish to take a gap year before enrolling, submit a request for postponement to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
All enrolled students must return for in-person learning in the fall term and are expected to arrive by the first day of classes, September 1. Private, standing arrangements -- any longer than two weeks -- for remote instruction are not permitted. Students who will not be in residence by the first day of classes must inform their residential college dean.
Yes. As of August 2, 2021, all individuals wear masks in indoor campus spaces regardless of their vaccination status. Masks must be worn indoors except when you are alone in a segregated space, like working in a private office or seated in a partitioned cubicle. More information is available on the Your Yale website.
Yes. If you are fully vaccinated, you will then need to test once weekly, starting on your arrival. Once-weekly testers may test on any day but must test at seven-day intervals.
If you have received a vaccination exemption, you will need to test twice weekly, starting during your quarantine week. Testing patterns (Mon/Thurs or Tues/Fri) for twice-weekly testers will be assigned in August and will be available on Yale Hub.
You will receive reminders by text and email if you are late for a test. It’s important that you meet your testing requirements in order to retain your access to campus.