COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Required for All Eligible Students, Faculty & Staff by no later than January 28, 2022

The College has been studying the data regarding the rising positive COVID-19 cases in New York. As we expect most of you are aware, the Omicron variant of the virus is significantly more contagious than the Delta variant. Public health guidance strongly encourages all eligible Americans to receive a booster as the initial vaccines’ effectiveness weakens over time. 

In our desire to keep our campus safe, Cooper Union will require that all students, faculty, and staff who are eligible  (excluding those with approved exemptions) to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination by January 28, 2022.


Anyone who is 16 years old or older for whom 1) six months have passed since receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; 2) six months have passed since receiving their final dose of any WHO-listed vaccine; or 3) two months have passed since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Anyone who has not received a booster and recently tested positive for the virus should consult with a certified medical practitioner for advice on when they are eligible to receive the booster. 

Booster Shots are readily available in most locations around the City, State, and Country.  

Booster Days on Campus

To assist students, faculty and staff who are unable to schedule a booster appointment at an independent location, the College will have booster days on campus. We will be announcing those days shortly. Anyone wanting to receive their booster on campus, will be required to pre-register for a booster appointment. (More information to follow).

However, we urge you not to hesitate to book an appointment elsewhere through the city site, the state site, or other resources.  The vaccine shot is free regardless of where you register for it. 

Uploading Proof of the Booster Shot Is Also Required

Whether you have already received the booster, or you will be doing so between now and January 28th, you are required to upload your current vaccine/booster status on the CUSafe App.

If you are not eligible to receive a booster, please upload your present vaccine status. 

The College will send you a reminder email when you are eligible for a booster vaccine. 

Instructions for how to upload your current data will be sent out in an email later this week.

Please note: You should bring your vaccination card to be updated when you go to get your booster shot or remember to obtain some other form of proof you can upload. The earlier you upload proof, the better.

For those who are not yet eligible to receive a booster, you will be responsible to upload proof of receiving the booster within fourteen (14) days of becoming eligible.

Exempt Individuals

Individuals who previously received exemptions will continue to be exempted from the booster requirement.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.