Students who are in the middle of getting their covid vaccine, should delay travel to New York until they complete COVID vaccination. If the student is receiving a two-dose product, they should not travel having received only one as they will not be able to get the second dose while they are here.
Currently, New York State’s approach to those arriving from international locations is as follows (current as of 8am 16/3/2021):
- Individuals must demonstrate a negative test no more than 3 days prior to travel before boarding a flight to NY. (Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days can present documentation of having recovered from COVID – typically a letter from a treating clinician along with a copy of the positive covid test)
- All travelers must fill out NYS’s travel form/survey.
- After arrival in US, as of April 13, 2021, asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated HCP will NO LONGER be required to quarantine after international travel arriving in NY. Testing 3-5 days after arrival from travel is not required but recommended.
- “Fully vaccinated” is defined as 2 weeks or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine, or 2 weeks or more after receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. These are products that are authorized by the US FDA.
- Every student must inform Dr. Ed Figueroa, Director Student Health in NY, as soon as possible after arrival in NY by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Currently, New York State allows interstate travel without quarantine restrictions.
- Students can report to onsite activities at WCM. However, if you have symptoms of a viral infection, you should not step foot in any WCM buildings and should immediately inform Dr. Ed Figueroa by email or phone (646.962.6942).
Testing may be obtained through one of the public testing sites (usually the lowest cost) or private testing site. Insurance information must be collected for all tests. You need to pay for the PCR test, obtain a receipt, and apply for reimbursement to SA at WCM-Q.
You are encouraged to take steps to bring an adequate supply of your personal medications to cover yourselves during the entire time you are in the U.S. This past year, there were several instances of students not having maintenance meds, and not having U.S. based insurance. It was a struggle to access care or get medication supplies. This is especially important if they are again going to be on the Qatar based health insurance plan and not one of the U.S. commercial products.
Please reach out to the Division of Student Affairs, should you have additional questions or concerns.