COVID-19 FAQs - Fall 2022

Below, you'll find details about our Wells College's COVID-19 response and other important information about COVID-19.

Vaccines and Boosters

Will COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots be required for all students and employees?
Yes. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. According to CDC guidelines, a person is fully vaccinated when they have received all doses in the primary series (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax), plus any recommended booster. There are certain medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement.

How do I inform the College that I have been fully vaccinated?
As before, please email with a photo of your updated CDC vaccine card and/or other documentation of your booster shot, including the date and vaccine manufacturer. Please allow up to three business days for the College to update its records.

Why are booster shots required?
While booster shots do not fully prevent "breakthrough" COVID-19 infections among vaccinated individuals, they provide significantly enhanced protection against hospitalization and death. Remember: it's not just about your own health, but the health and safety of those you interact with on a daily basis—both on campus and off.

I have completed my primary vaccination series. When am I eligible for a booster shot?
Please visit the following website for up-to-date information on vaccinations and boosters:

How long after getting the booster shot am I exempted from the weekly testing requirement?
The CDC states that individuals are considered "boosted" and up to date immediately following receipt of the booster shot (more info at this link). Please send a photo of your updated vaccine card to so that we can update your vaccination records in our system.

I've already had COVID-19. Should I still get a booster shot?
Yes—the New York State Department of Health and the CDC both recommend doing so, but please speak with your medical provider first. Scientific research is not yet clear on whether recovering from COVID-19 provides sufficient immunity to protect against reinfection.

Where can I get a COVID vaccine/booster?
There are a number of options in Central New York:

  • National/regional pharmacy chains, including CVS, Kinney Drug, Rite Aid, Tops, Walgreens, Walmart, and Wegmans
  • Independent pharmacies
  • You can also search for providers on the federal government's website.

We strongly encourage all members of the Wells College Community to receive all eligible vaccinations and boosters, including the newly released bivalent vaccines.

Does my booster shot need to be the same as the vaccine I received initially?
Please see current CDC guidelines. Click here for more info from the CDC's website.

Does Wells College provide students transportation to receive vaccines/booster shots?
Yes! Our Transportation office coordinates regular trips to several locations in the area where vaccines/boosters are available. Students should contact Geoffrey Gabriel ( prior to making a vaccine appointment. Transportation is provided at no charge.

What type of test does Wells College use for weekly testing?
Wells is using a rapid antigen test. These tests provide results in 15 minutes, which allows us to immediately begin the contact-tracing process in the event that an individual is diagnosed as positive.

How is a rapid antigen test different than a molecular PCR test?
While not quite as accurate as a PCR test, the chief advantage of the rapid antigen test is that results are delivered on the spot within minutes—whereas a PCR test is usually sent to a laboratory for processing, and thus results can take 24 to 48 hours or more to be delivered.

I have completed my primary vaccination series. When am I eligible for a booster shot?
For all questions related to vaccination and booster eligibility, please visit the following website:

Can I be tested upon request?
Yes. Any student, staff or faculty member can request to be tested during regular business hours. Please contact Geoffrey Gabriel, the College's COVID-19 coordinator, at

Where else can I get a COVID-19 test in the area?
The College's on-campus medical center can provide a PCR test upon request during regular weekday hours. Appointments are required; please call 315.364.3273 or 315.364.3388 for more info. Other options include:

  • Most pharmacies and health care providers that offer COVID-19 vaccines also provide testing.
  • The Tompkins County Health Department, in partnership with Cayuga Medical Center. Visit for more details and to make an appointment.

This page was last updated on November 15, 2022.

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