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Reminder to report vaccination status

July 9, 2021

A Message from Dean Cooley

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In this message: Reminder to document your vaccination by August 1

Dear graduate students,

I am writing to remind you that all students must fulfill the COVID-19 vaccination requirement in order to enroll in the fall semester, and the university has not yet received documentation regarding your vaccination status. Please attend to this now as the deadline is August 1, and it may take a little time to complete the necessary steps.

If you have been fully vaccinated but have not yet submitted documentation to the university

  • Please go to the Yale Student Vaccine portal to confirm your status and/or submit your information. Do this even if you can see documentation in MyChart or were vaccinated at a Yale-affiliated vaccination site.
  • Your university status will be considered “fully vaccinated” when 2 weeks have passed from your second dose of a 2-dose series, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you are partially vaccinated (having received one of a two-dose series), please complete your series on schedule and then upload your documentation as above.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, please start the process now:

  • If you are in Connecticut, you may self-schedule a vaccine appointment on campus at the Rose Center (101 Ashmun Street) or anywhere in the state through the CT Department of Health vaccine portal.
  • Once you have received your final dose of the vaccine, follow the documentation instructions above.
  • Remember you must be fully vaccinated by the time the semester starts on September 1, so you will need to get your final dose no later than two weeks before that date.
  • If you are not able to complete your vaccination on time due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the GSAS Health and Safety Leaders at

If you plan to request an exemption:

  • Complete the exemption forms on the Yale Student Vaccine Portal. More information about the exemption process can be found here.
  • Note that review of exemption requests may take up to 2 weeks. Medical exemptions will require additional information from, or discussion with, your healthcare provider.

If you are an international student, please refer to these detailed FAQs and guidance you have received from the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Students who are not yet fully vaccinated, as well as all students who have applied for or received an exemption, must follow all university health and safety requirements, which include masking, daily health checks, and weekly testing.

If you believe that you are receiving this communication in error because you have already submitted documentation to the university, please check the Yale Student Vaccine Portal first and then email

If you have questions about our COVID-19 Vaccination Program, please do not hesitate to call the Campus COVID Resource Line at 203-432-6604. Thank you for doing your part to make our campus community as safe as possible.

Lynn Cooley

Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vice Provost for Postdoctoral Affairs
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology