This year has taught us how much we want to be back together in person and the responsibility to one another’s health and safety that it entails. With this as our goal, Pratt Institute will require all students, faculty, and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

Everyone will be required to submit an electronic copy of their COVID-19 vaccination documentation online by July 30th before arriving on campus, with the exception of limited approved medical or religious exemptions. All employees are reminded that they are allowed time off for vaccinations without having to use accrued leave. Scroll down for more information. 

While greater widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines will make this requirement easier for more of our community, some domestic and international students may experience difficulty accessing a vaccine before arriving on campus, and Pratt will work to assist them. More information is available in the FAQ’s below.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccination Upload

Pratt Institute asks all students, faculty, and staff (including those currently working remotely) to upload their vaccination proof into our secure database for contact tracing purposes, proof of eligibility for using the vaccination day accrual, and to aggregate data about the progress our community has made towards vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  Proof of vaccination to meet the fall 2021 requirement is due July 30th.  

These are the steps:

  1. Login to the vaccine form using your OneKey ID.

  2. Be prepared to upload a clear image of your vaccination proof that shows your name, vaccine information and vaccination date.

  3. Select the vaccination brand you received and indicate the date(s) that you received the vaccination. If this is the first dose, you will also have to submit the second dose with the proof of the second dose.

  4. Click the submit button. You will receive a confirmation email of your submission.  Once your submission is reviewed, you will receive a subsequent email about your submission status (approved or rejected).

COVID-19 Vaccination Time-Off Policy

New York State legislation enables faculty and staff to use paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Faculty and staff would be allowed up to four hours of excused leave per injection that would not be charged against any other leave. Policy details can be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

New York State's vaccination eligibility now includes all residents age 12 and older—as well as non-residents (including international students) who work and study in New York with proof of age and employment or enrollment. Your Pratt ID or pay stub can be used as proof of work or study. 

New York State has also provided the following form to determine eligibility and find vaccine appointments. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling New York State’s hotline at 1-833-697-4829. Some vaccination sites are also accepting walk-ins. Find a city or state-run site near you for walk-in information.

You are encouraged to follow rapidly changing guidelines on the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and New York City websites for the most updated vaccine information.

If you are outside of New York State, the CDC has information for your location as well as general guidance on the vaccine. Currently, Pratt will not be distributing vaccines. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Requests 

Pratt Institute will consider exemptions from the vaccination requirement as a reasonable accommodation because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. You must submit a request for exemption for review by July 31 for access to campus in fall 2021. Please plan accordingly and allow sufficient time for the review process.  

Medical and disability-related exemptions:

  • May be granted if a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife (caring for a pregnant student, faculty, or staff member) certifies in writing that such vaccination may be detrimental to your health or is otherwise medically contraindicated.

  • Must include a statement indicating which vaccine(s) may be detrimental, including a detailed explanation of the medical basis for such determination, and the length of time for which it may be detrimental.

  • Should be based on the most recent guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

  • May be granted on a temporary basis depending on the nature of the medical condition.

Religious exemptions:

  • May be granted if a faculty, staff, or student sincerely holds a religious belief, practice, or observance that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Requests for an exemption should be in writing and explain the religious principles that prevent vaccination.

  • May require additional supporting information, if necessary.

Exemption requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Submit documentation to the vaccination exemption form.

You will be notified by Pratt email whether or not your exemption request is approved, or if additional information is necessary. If an exemption is granted, you will be required to comply with additional safety protocols while on campus, as determined by the Institute, including masking, maintaining appropriate physical distance, and participating in a weekly testing program. The Institute may modify these protocols as necessary and appropriate.