COVID-19 Vaccine Information For CUIMC Employees and Students

All Columbia faculty, staff, and students are required to have their primary series and one booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Students can register their compliance through the Columbia Health portal; faculty and staff may use the COVID-19 website or the ReopenCU app. 

For more information, please see FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination.

How to Upload Documentation

Uploading your vaccine and booster shot documentation can now be done either via ReopenCU website or via the ReopenCU app on your iPhone or Android. Please see Vaccine Documentation Upload Instructions or Columbia University Vaccination Attestation Tutorial for additional help.

Note that the IOS (iPhone) version of the ReopenCU app has now been updated, and documentation can be submitted directly through the app. 

  • If your app is set to automatically update, no action is required. The new version of the app, 1.7, should now be on your phone 
  • If your app is not set to automatically update, follow the steps below to update your app:  
    • Go to the app store and search for “ReopenCU” 
    • Select the ReopenCU app, and then click “Update” 
    • Once the app updates, the “update” button will change to “open” 

For questions or assistance with the ReopenCU app, please submit a ticket to the CUIT Service Desk, email askcuit@columbia.edu or call 212-854-1919. 

How to Schedule an Appointment

Individuals age 5 and older can get vaccinated. Those eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule their appointments at any of the NYC or NYS public vaccination sites. For scheduling at Columbia-operated vaccine sites, see instructions below.

ColumbiaDoctors locations appointments can be made via vaccinetogetherny.org or through your Connect account.

For information on scheduling booster shots, please see the tab below.

Updates and Announcements

Flu Vaccination

Reminder: Flu vaccines are mandatory for faculty and staff working in NYP locations. Given the current COVID-19 surge, this year’s NYP Influenza Vaccination Program deadline for receiving the flu vaccine has been extended to February 21, 2022.  

How to get flu vaccine 

To receive the flu vaccine on campus, faculty and staff must present their CU ID and UNI to the nurse administering the vaccine. Workforce Health & Safety (WH&S) will be providing the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge to all faculty and staff at these locations and times (excluding holidays): 

  • CHONY Winter Garden (behind stage) — Monday–Friday: 7:30am–3:30pm (Closed 12pm-1pm) 
  • Harkness Pavilion, 1st Floor, Room 112 — Wednesday Evenings Only: 4pm–6:30pm 
  • Milstein Heart Center, Myrna Daniels Auditorium — Monday–Friday: 7:30am–3:30pm (Closed 12pm-1pm)  

The high-dose flu vaccine (for those age 65 or older) is available at WHS, Harkness Pavilion, 1st floor, room 112 (Monday—Friday; 7:30am to 3:30pm). No appointment is necessary. 

Testing, Daily Attestations, and Gateway Requirements

Thursday, May 12, 2022 was the last day of the University testing program. Gateway testing for new hires, surveillance testing of current affiliates, and weekly testing for those with medical or religious exemptions have been discontinued.

Testing is now readily available in public and private locations, as well as through self-tests, and surveillance testing no longer plays the important role that it did previously, in the context of high vaccination and booster coverage at the University. Wastewater surveillance will continue for undergraduate residential buildings. Should public health conditions change, we will reassess the need for on-campus testing options. In addition, the Contact Tracing Program will continue to provide information and guidance as necessary. Information on accessing self-testing kits is available on Columbia’s Human Resources website.

CUIMC Vaccine Committee

Former Interim EVP and Dean Anil Rustgi, MD, appointed a committee to address a range of issues related to COVID-19 vaccines. The committee, which is being co-chaired by Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, and Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, will address the following:

  • Understand and assist in the equitable distribution of vaccines in the outpatient setting for faculty, staff, and trainees who are not in frontline emergency department and inpatient clinical roles. The committee’s work will complement the work of a University-wide vaccine committee and an NYP committee, both of which include membership from CUIMC. The NYP vaccine committee is addressing vaccine distribution to frontline health care workers. Both the CUIMC and NYP committees will also address the distribution of vaccines to patients in inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Help disseminate information and identify potential educational opportunities to increase vaccine confidence among faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • Prioritize clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
  • Understand the ethical and mental health implications related to the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. 
  • Understand the needs of the local community and potential risks related to health care disparities.
  • Pursue areas that the committee identifies, including needs related to research and education.

Committee Members are:

  • Lou Baptista, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Clinical Services 
  • Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Jack Cioffi, MD Chair, Department of Ophthalmology 
  • Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Clinical Medicine Ethics 
  • Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, Associate Professor, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Stephen A. Ferrara, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, School of Nursing 
  • Regine Grandmougin, Senior Executive Director, Patient Facilitated Services and Stewardship 
  • Andrew Lassman, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Chief of Neuro-Oncology 
  • Donna Lynne, DrPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CUIMC, Chief Executive Officer ColumbiaDoctors 
  • James McKiernan, MD, Chair, Department of Urology 
  • Rudina Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD, Vice Dean for Finance and Administration 
  • Biana Roykh, DDS, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Dental Medicine 
  • Steven Shea, MD, MS, Senior Vice Dean, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in Biomedical Informatics
  • Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of Infectious Diseases 
  • Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Family Health, Chief of Child Adolescent Health
  • Olajide Williams, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology, Chief of Staff, Department of Neurology

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