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Attention all new applicants

Effective July 1, 2021, MSK will require all new hires, volunteers, and vendors who come onsite to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination based on the vaccines' high level of protection and our shared responsibility in protecting our patients.  Read more

06/24/2021 Admin

All new hires are required to provide documentation of the COVID-19 vaccination, self-schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at MSK or have a qualifying medical or religious exemption to be medically cleared for work by Employee Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I was vaccinated outside of MSK, how do I show proof of my COVID-19 vaccination? 

A: New hires who have been vaccinated outside of MSK will be informed during the onboarding process how they can upload proof of vaccination.  

Q: Upon hire, I will agree to be vaccinated at MSK, when will this happen?

A: The MSK onboarding team will reach out with instructions to schedule your vaccination appointment. As a new hire, you will only need to have received your first dose to begin employment, the second dose will be scheduled at that time.

Q: If I decline the vaccination can I still work at MSK?

A: No, this is an Institutional Policy and there will be no exceptions outside of qualifying exemptions.

Q: I signed an offer letter before July 1, 2021 does this apply to me?

A:  At this time, only offers made on July 1, 2021 or later are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: Where can I find information about the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

A: Please review the updated CDC Guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccine and recent articles published by MSK. https://www.mskcc.org/coronavirus/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-vaccines 

https://www.mskcc.org/coronavirus/don-t-wait-covid-19-vaccine 

Q: What are the details for a qualifying medical or religious exemption?

A: Requests for qualifying medical or religious exemptions will be submitted following employment offer and reviewed during the onboarding process.

Qualifying Medical Exemptions:

Employees will need a licensed medical provider to complete the request for medical exemption form for the COVID-19 vaccine. Reasons for medical exemption may include: Allergy, Pregnancy, Physical/Medical circumstance that immunization is not considered safe. Medical exemptions are designated permanent or temporary based on the associated medical condition.

Qualifying Religious Exemptions:

Employees may be granted an exemption from this requirement based on a sincerely-held religious belief, which if granted may necessitate periodic testing for COVID-19, working remotely, wearing additional PPE or social distancing. All requests for exemption based on a sincerely-held religious belief will be reviewed by HR Legal & Regulatory Affairs in consultation with Chaplaincy and Infection Control. Please note: a personal sentiment regarding vaccination unrelated to religious beliefs or principles will not qualify for this exemption.

In considering an exemption request, MSK reserves the right to require additional documentation, including but not limited to a letter in support of the request from a leader within the employee’s religious organization.

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