In accordance with CUNY’s vaccine mandate, as of May 27, 2022, with the exception of medical or religious exemptions, all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and their proof of vaccination uploaded into the RFCUNY vaccine verification portal in order to access CUNY campuses and worksites.

The deadline for employees to submit for a medical or religious exemption is May 18, 2022.  Criteria and standards for medical and religious exemptions can be reviewed here.

Employees who wish to request for a medical exemption should send their request to Yinet Conde at  Employees who wish to request for a religious exception should send their request to Mohammad Elayan at

The compliance date for uploading proof of vaccination into RFCUNY Vaccine Verification portal remains at May 27, 2022.  Anyone who completes the exemption application (religious or medical) process as outlined but has not received a response by May 27th will be considered in compliance while the application is pending review. Any change to the status of an employee’s application will be communicated via email to the employee.  An employee whose application for exemption is denied will have six weeks from the date of notification to comply with the vaccine mandate. 

Employees who are granted an exemption and are required to work onsite are urged to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and shall be required to test on-site for COVID .

We are defining the required number of dosages for full vaccination as both doses in a two-shot series (such as Moderna or Pfizer), or the one dose in a single-shot vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson), without boosters.

Here are the steps for entering your vaccine information through the Research Foundation’s portal:

  • Go to RF’s website at
  • Log in using your 6-digit RF-issued employee ID (EMP ID) and password
  • Under the Electronic Tools tab, select Vaccine Verification
  • Follow the prompts

RFCUNY employees who are fully vaccinated will receive an email invite from CLEARED4, which will give them access to the CUNY Access Pass. If you do not know your RF EMP ID or password, send an email to If you have other questions, send an email to response to revised guidance issued by the CDC, effective March 7, CUNY is lifting the temporary mask mandate that has been in place since August 2021 and requiring all RFCUNY staff to wear masks inside University campuses, office buildings, classrooms and other non-enclosed spaces. Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices for people who want them.

Masks will be required for those that are unvaccinated and have received a religious/medical exemption.

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