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NYFA COVID-19 Health and Campus Guidelines and Information


NYFA COVID-19 Health and Campus Guidelines and Information - ALL NYFA CAMPUSES

Updated August 30, 2022, 5:00pm

Dear NYFA Community,

NYFA strives to support our communities by tracking information on COVID-19 and basing our response plans on emerging scientific discoveries, as well as daily reviews of the health and travel advisories published by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health departments. The health and wellness of our communities are our deepest concern and the safety of NYFA students, faculty and staff is paramount.

The HUB is NYFA’s platform for offering our community best practice guidance. We hope that the information we share helps members of our community monitor their health, access appropriate health care as needed, and motivates all to abide by the public health directives designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our respective communities. We also hope that the information presented below helps our communities engage, persevere, and cope effectively with the many personal challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health guidelines noted below have been revised according to recent advisories published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State and Local Public Health Departments. The information presented on coping with COVID-19 related stress is gleaned from National Association of Mental Health (NAMI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Psychological Association (APA) and American Psychiatric Association (APA) publications.

Please read carefully the  revised guidelines  detailed below, as presented in a Q&A format.

Prevention and Safety

Get vaccinated against COVID-19!  And, when you are eligible, get a booster dose! For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccines please see the Getting Vaccinated section below and please review the CDC guidance on COVID -19 vaccines and boosters .  

In the US, everyone age 18 or older is eligible for a booster:

  • 2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • 5 months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have not received a booster dose and you are due for a booster, per the guidelines noted above, it is imperative that you follow the personal hygiene strategies recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Regardless of vaccination status, practicing good personal hygiene, such as frequent hand-washing, and wearing a mask whenever indoors or when outdoors and attending large group gatherings is strongly recommended.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is especially important to wash hands thoroughly before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after handling your face covering (mask, and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve) and throw the tissue in a lined trashcan.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arms’ lengths) from other people.
  • Wear an N95, KN95 respirator or mask of comparable quality that fits well and covers your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Avoid shaking hands and other close physical greetings with friends and family.
  • Avoid crowds and large gatherings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get a booster dose of an approved vaccine when you are eligible!

  • If you have family or friends who are older adults (over age 60), have chronic medical conditions (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, cancer, asthma) or a weakened immune system, do not visit them if you feel sick or if you have recently returned from travel or if you have been recently exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.  

  • If you are an older adult and/or you smoke/vape, have chronic medical conditions (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, cancer, asthma) or a weakened immune system, or if you share a home with an older adult or a person who has chronic medical condition or weakened immune system, be vigilant in regard to the physical distancing and personal hygiene directives noted above. Please consult the   CDC list of individuals at risk for severe illness  for additional information on vulnerable individuals and protecting vulnerable from illness.

  • Wear a N95/KN95 or mask of comparable quality when advised or required, when you are in quarantine and isolation, and when you are indoors in a crowded and poorly ventilated space.  

  • For additional information on how to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19, please review the   CDC Directives for Protecting Yourself From Getting Sick


COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

CLICK HERE to visit NYFA’s COVID-19 Testing web page on the NYFA website for all information on NYFA’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol and Requirements.

NYFA requires all students and employees to get a RT-PCR diagnostic COVID-19 test within 7 days of attending their first day of in-person class or activity. Students/employees must submit their negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result reports to their COVID-19 Team Administrators before gaining entry to their first in-person class or activity.   

Also, each campus has specific requirements for testing prior to production. Students and employees are required to know and follow campus-specific production protocols.

Students and employees experiencing one or more symptoms related to COVID-19, are also required to get a RT-PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test and submit a negative test result to be allowed to participate in any in-person NYFA class or activity.

Lastly, NYFA requires students/employees who have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to self-administer a rapid antigen test on DAY 6 of exposure ( DAY ZERO is the last day of exposure to the infected person).  NYFA provides the test kits at no cost. Students/employees must request a test kit on DAY 6 and submit test results to the COVID-19 Team Administrator within 24 hours.


If you are seeking testing to prepare for or return from travel or to satisfy the NYFA Pre-Entry Testing Requirement, it is strongly recommended that you only seek testing at free testing sites, if you do not want to incur any charges.  Presently, insurance companies may only cover fees associated with COVID-19 testing if you are referred for testing by your healthcare provider, if you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or if you have been exposed to person(s) diagnosed with COVID-19.


Free testing sites are available in your campus region.


For a complete list of testing sites, please click here .  


Please report your positive test result to your COVID-19 Team Administrator. Your COVID-19 Team Administrator will contact you to provide support and guidance.


All COVID-19 Team Administrators are trained to keep your information private and your test results are securely filed in accordance with CDC and OHSA privacy laws.  


  1. Report positive test result to COVID-19 Team Administrator.
  2. Participate openly and honestly in the contact tracing process.
  3. Stay home:  Your COVID-19 Administrator will provide you detailed self isolation guidelines, as well as support you and provide you assistance if needed.  Follow the isolation guidelines provided to you by the COVID-19 Team Administrator
  4. Isolate for 10 full days. You may return to campus on DAY 11 of your isolation period (DAY ZERO is the first day you experienced symptoms, or if you are asymptomatic, the day you were tested) if you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication AND most of your symptoms are improving AND none of your symptoms are worsening AND you are experiencing no new symptoms AND you are cleared to do so by your COVID-19 Team Administrator
  5. You may be granted an Early Release from Isolation, if and only if you meet the ALL of the following criteria:
    1. You get tested with a rapid antigen test on DAY 6 (DAY ZERO is the first day you experienced symptoms, or if you are asymptomatic, the day you were tested) and you submit proof of a negative test result to your COVID-19 Team Administrator.
    2. You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    3. All your symptoms are improving
    4. You are cleared to do so by your COVID-19 Team Administrator.
  6. Wear a N95/KN95 mask for the 10 FULL DAYS of your isolation period. You will not be permitted to remove your mask for any reason other than to drink water while on campus and attending classes. It is also recommended that you wear your mask when home and when outdoors and in close contact with other.

Feeling Sick

STAY HOME and call your health care provider, health care facility, or virtual health resource when you experience any  ONE  of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Diarrhea

Other reported COVID-19 symptoms include: persistent cough with appetite loss/skipped meals, and other gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. If you have any combination of these symptoms, or if you have any one of the bulleted symptoms noted above, stay home and seek guidance from a medical professional (see below for information on medical resources available in your area).

Rely on the directives you receive from your healthcare provider. You may be referred for testing. Or you may be directed to stay home and monitor your symptoms.   There is no treatment for mild symptoms of COVID-19.  Your mild symptoms should improve with rest, increased fluid intake, and over-the counter cold and flu medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended to relieve fever and discomfort.

Keep track of your symptoms.  Record the first day, each succeeding day, and the last day you experience each of your symptoms.  Tracking your symptoms will help you determine when it is safe for you to end self-isolation.

For additional information on COVID 19 symptoms, please consult the  CDC Symptom List.

Call 9.1.1 and disclose your symptoms if you develop any of the following emergency warning signs of COVID-19:

  • Gasping for air or cannot talk without catching breath (extremely difficult breathing)
  • Blue-colored lips or face
  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in chest
  • Severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Acting confused (new or worsening)
  • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up
  • Slurred speech (new or worsening)
  • New seizure or seizures that won’t stop

Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19, the disease by a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Even young people can get seriously ill or die if they contract the virus.

Those people most at risk for severe illness include older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, lung, heart and kidney disease.

The CDC offers a thorough and detailed  list of those at greatest risk for severe illness.

Getting the Medical Care & Treatment You May Need

Call ahead before visiting a doctor’s office or medical facility.

If you do not have a primary care physician, you may call and seek care at an urgent medical care facility located in close proximity to your home or campus. The urgent care facilities will ask you questions and either direct you to go home, self-isolate and monitor your symptoms, direct you to a testing facility, or test you for the flu or COVID-19 on site. Please closely adhere to all medical directives you receive. If you need help understanding or following medical directives, please contact a NYFA staff person for assistance (see below for NYFA Resources). The Urgent Care Facilities located near each campus are noted below. These facilities all accept NYFASHIP insurance.

New York:
138 Fulton Street
New York,  NY 10038
Monday-Friday: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm

CItyMD: multiple locations throughout NYC

Los Angeles:
Burbank Urgent Care
3413 Pacific Ave. #110
Burbank, CA  91505

South Beach:
Baptist Health Urgent Care
709 Alton Road
Miami, FL  33139

Telemedicine is an option for all students, faculty and staff covered through the NYFA Student Health Insurance Plan (NYFASHIP), United Behavioral Health Care, and Kaiser.

Students covered by NYFASHIP:

  • Teladoc.com/Aetna 1-855-Teladoc (835-2362)
  • In network providers delivering synchronous virtual care (live video conferencing)
  • Video visit through the CVS MinuteClinic App.

Faculty/Staff covered by United Behavioral Health Care ($25 copay)

Faculty/Staff covered by Kaiser

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is recommended, if your mild symptoms do not improve or if you begin to experience moderate to severe symptoms, that you seek the immediate care of health care professional.

For information on effective treatments for COVID-19, please click  here.

New York:
COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-364-3065) (9am-6pm)
3.1.1. to help find/access medical care
NYC Well-888-692-9355 or text “WELL” to 65173 for supportive therapy

New Jersey:
NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline 24/7
1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 (if using out of state phone line)

Los Angeles:
2-1-1  24/7 Hotline for general information and guidance

South Beach:
COVID Call Center: 1-866-779-6121 (8am-midnight)

Absolutely!  Students enrolled in NYFASHIP will receive the following:

  • Diagnostic COVID-19 testing fees are covered if referred for testing by a healthcare provider.
  • Telemedicine visits for zero copay for any reason for the coming 90 days
  • Students diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a free care package of over the counter medications to relieve symptoms
  • For additional information on the services available to students with NYFASHIP coverage, please click on the following link:  https://www.aetna.com/ individuals-families/member- rights-resources/covid19.html  

New York:  

  • Call 3.1.1 for guidance on where to receive the care you need
  • Download the NYP App (New York Presbyterian). Call the hospitals COVID-19 Hotline, 646.697.4000 or select Virtual Urgent Care. Fee of $50 may apply for those not insured.
  • NYC will provide all NYC residents COVID-19 screening and testing, irrespective of immigration status or ability to pay.

Los Angeles:

  • Call 2.1.1. for guidance on where to receive the care you need
  • Call Burbank Urgent Care (818.953.4408) for free screening and information regarding fees, should you need diagnostic testing.

South Beach:

  • Download Care On Demand App. Click on button, “Evaluation of Flu-Like Symptoms. Input code, “Care19” to ensure free diagnostics.

Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation

NYFA and the NYC Department of Health defines a “close contact” as “someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a cumulative total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  

Although the CDC continues to define a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, given the emergence and potential spread of new variants in NY, CA, and FL, NYFA is taking an abundance of caution and adhering to the most conservative public health department directive.



Regardless of vaccination status, students and employees are exempt from quarantine after having been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 if and only if they are ASYMPTOMATIC (not experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms).


If you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19:

  1. Report your exposure to the NYFA Symptom Tracker with immediacy, regardless of whether you are scheduled to be on campus and/or participate in a NYFA activity.
  2. You may enter campus and attend in-person classes and activities.
  3. Wear a N95/KN95 mask for the 10 FULL DAYS of your quarantine period. While on campus and attending classes, you will not be permitted to remove your mask for any reason other than to drink water. You may resume routine masking protocols for your campus on DAY 11 (Day Zero is the last day you were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19).
  4. Take a rapid antigen test on DAY 6 (Day Zero is the last day you were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19). Submit test results to your COVID-19 Administrator. NYFA will provide you a rapid antigen test to use on DAY 6 of your exposure at no cost. Please request a test from your COVID-19 Admininstrator on DAY 6 and submit your test result to the COVID-19 Team Administrator within 24 hours.
  5. If your test result is positive, follow isolation guidelines outlined above.

Please follow the CDC Post Exposure Guidelines.

  1. Wear a well-fitted N95/KN95 mask for 10 FULL DAYS,  whenever you are around others inside your home or indoors in public.
  2. You are permitted to enter campus, but you are required to follow CDC guidelines and wear your mask for 10 full days, at all times when indoors. You may remove your mask briefly to drink water, but for no other reason.
  3. Monitor your symptoms closely for 10 full days
  4. Self-administer a rapid antigen test on DAY 6 of exposure ( DAY ZERO is your last day of exposure to the infected person)
  5. If you develop symptoms are test positive, STAY HOME and SELF-ISOLATE and report your symptoms and positive test result to your COVID-19 Team Administrator.

You must self-isolate with immediacy if you experience one or more COVID-19 related symptoms and if you test positive for COVID-19.

To effectively self-isolate, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Do not report to campus until you are cleared to do so by a COVID-19 Team Administrator.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares
  • If needing to seek medical care, use a for-hire private transportation vehicle and
  • Wear a well-fitted N95/KN95 mask when leaving the home for essential travel.
  • If you share a home with others, wear a well fitted N95/KN95 mask in the home. f. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard tissue in a closed container.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the home, such as door and refrigerator handles, keyboards, tablets, phones, remotes, countertops, light switches, kitchen and bathroom faucets, etc.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; if soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do not visit friends and family member and do not let visitors enter your home.
  • Separate yourself fr om others by staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • If you need to share a bathroom, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom after each use.
  • Improve ventilation in the home: open windows, turn on fans, or use air filters, if possible.
  • Have food delivered to your room, if possible, and eat in a room separate from household members.
  • Contact your medical provider to report any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.


To gain entry to campus, you must submit a negative test result from a RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic Test.

You may attend classes and NYFA in-person activities or return to campus for work when ONE of the following conditions is completely true:

  1. You have been in isolation for suspected COVID-19 AND you have experienced one or more symptoms of concern AND upon getting tested for COVID-19 you receive a NEGATIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic test result AND you have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours AND you have experienced no new symptoms of concern AND you have consulted with the campus COVID-19 Team Administrator and your campus COVID-19 Team Administrator has released you from self-isolation.
  2. You have been in isolation for suspected COVID-19 AND you have experienced one or more symptoms of concern AND upon getting a RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic test, you receive a NEGATIVE test result AND since receiving your result you experience a new symptom or your symptom (s) are not improving, please contact a NYFA COVID-19 Team Administrator for guidance. You will be directed to get a second RT-PCR COVID-19 NEGATIVE test result. When you can participate in a NYFA in-person class or activity will be determined by the campus COVID-19 Administrator in accordance with CDC guidelines and in consultation with the NYFA medical consultant.
  3. None of the above is true AND in consultation with the COVID-19 Team Administrator and the NYFA medical consultant, you are released from isolation.


  • Heed your healthcare providers’ directives.
  • If you are recovered from COVID-19, you may release yourself from self isolation when you meet ALL conditions, recently revised by the  CDC noted below:
    • At least 24 hours has passed since your last fever without the use of fever reducing medications,  AND
    • All of your other symptoms have improved  AND
    • At least ten (10) days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If you never developed symptoms, then at least ten (10) days have passed since the day you received the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2RNA, the test approved by the CDC as most sensitive and specific.
    • You have been cleared by your COVID-19 Team Administrator to participate in in-person classes and activities.
  • Given what is presently known regarding spreading the coronavirus and developing immunity to the coronavirus, you are advised to follow these guidelines to ensure your own safety and the safety of others:
    • keep a 6 feet distance between you and another person at all times
    • wear a mask/3 layer cloth facial covering when leaving the home for essential travel
    • frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least  20 seconds
    • avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
    • cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or tissue
    • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home

Guidelines to Promote Emotional Health and Wellness


If you are experiencing stress and anxiety in response to the information you are receiving about the coronavirus, or if you fear for you own health and/or the health and safety of loved ones, you are not alone. It is normal to feel sad, anxious or overwhelmed in the face of these uncertain times. You also may be experiencing other normal but troubling symptoms of distress, such as difficulty sleeping, headaches or changes in appetite. NYFA Counseling Services is eager to help you cope and endure these stressful times. Please reach out for support. Counseling Services is prepared to respond to students’ needs when classes are in session or when students are engaged in distance learning.

New York:  counseling@nyfa.edu

Los Angeles:  CounselingLA@nyfa.edu

South Beach:  sobecounseling@nyfa.edu



NYFA Employees can access an 24/7 emotional support line, staffed by trained mental health professionals. This support line provides referrals to community resources to help with emotional concerns, as well as financial and legal concerns:

  • Call 1-866-342-6842

NYFA Employee Assistance Program (EAP): For unlimited phone consultations and live chats and up to 3 in-person sessions:

  • Call 1-800-854-1446
  • Login Instructions:
    • Visit < a href="http://www.lifebalance.net">www.lifebalance.net
    • User ID & Password: lifebalance

National mental health organizations have published numerous guidelines on ways to manage the many and diverse challenges we are facing. Please read the recommended coping strategies below:

  • Learn to recognize how you experience stress: Knowing the early warning signs for stress is key to intervening early and preventing the emergence of mental illness and compromised well-being and functioning. Below are examples of how stress is experienced by others:
    • An increase or decrease in your energy or activity levels
    • Having trouble relaxing or sleeping
    • Worrying excessively
    • An increase in irritability or a lowered tolerance for frustration
    • Crying more frequently than usual
    • Wanting to self-isolate, disengage and avoid all opportunities for social engagement with others
    • Having stomachaches or headaches
    • Eating too much or too little
    • Being easily startled
    • Feeling overwhelmed by sadness
    • Having difficulty staying focused, thinking clearly, and making decisions
    • Increasing your use of alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances
    • Blaming other people for everything
    • Having difficulty giving or accepting help
    • Inability to feel pleasure or have fun
  • Take stock: As routines drastically change, try maintaining focus on sustaining healthy choices in regard to exercise, nutrition, sleep and hydration. If you are experiencing stress, resuming your prior routine of self-care is an important first step in improving your emotional health and well-being. See below for resources to improve sleep, nutrition and exercise.
  • Identify and express your emotions: it is normal and expected for you to feel anxious, angry, frustrated, sad, and lonely. Acknowledge that you are experiencing these emotions and observe them without judgement. In sharing your emotions with others, you will discover that you are not alone, and you will feel relief from expressing how you feel.
  • Practice stress reduction techniques, those you have practiced, or learn new techniques to add to your repertoire. See below for resources for mediation, deep breathing, mindfulness practice, yoga, etc.
  • Have compassion for yourself and others: Recognize that everyone, including yourself, is doing their best to navigate challenging and unchartered territory. Anchor yourself and avoid reacting to the emotional instability of others.
  • Stay socially connected: Reach out to others via phone, email, text, social media, Zoom, etc. Plan virtual gatherings. Reach out to the elderly or those you know who may be socially isolated to offer support.
  • Limit your access to the news: Although it is good to be informed, reading and listening to reports of increasing rising death and unemployment rates, a volatile stock market, travel bans and restrictions, etc., is anxiety provoking and distressing. To sustain your health and well-being, limit your exposure to the news. Consider getting all the information you need twice daily, within a 30-minute timeframe.
  • Develop a plan to protect your need for personal space: stay-in-place orders are forcing families and those sharing households with others to be in close proximity for extended periods of time. During a stable time of emotional neutrality, discuss with those with whom you live a plan for providing each of you some privacy and solace. If you are a victim of domestic violence, do not stay home, and safely seek protection. Call the Domestic Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for immediate help and guidance on how to seek safety and shelter.
  • Let go of what you can’t control and focus on what remains within your control. In regard to this pandemic, we cannot control when the curve will flatten, when our campuses will reopen, how our family and friends behave in response to their hardships, and how the virus, if we are infected, will compromise our health and well-being. Yet there remains much within our control. We can control our physical distancing and personal hygiene practices, we can control the attitude we adopt and the perspective we take on our predicament, we can control how we behave toward others, and we can devise plans and back-up plans for the possible scenarios that may unfold. We can also decide to create meaning and purpose as we face this extraordinary challenge. And it is important to radically accept what we cannot change.
  • Practice gratitude and positivity. Train yourself to focus on news reflecting the generosity and courage of the helpers. Take notice of the ways your life may be impacted for the better. Think creatively of how you can use this time of isolation to volunteer, help others, resume a neglected project, develop a new skill or explore a dormant interest. Keep a gratitude diary by recording each day five small things for which you are grateful.

Wellness Resources (Apps and Websites):

National Mental Health Hotlines and Resources


Resources for Financial Wellness

If you do not have the financial means to purchase adequate food for yourself of for your family, please reach out to the local food backs in your area:

For help seeking financial relief from banks, credit card companies, the federal government, etc., consult:

Guidelines for Domestic and International Travel

NYFA has relaxed all restrictions on travel for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals traveling between and during semesters, domestically and internationally. However all members of the community are strongly advised to follow the CDC Travel Guidelines for International and Domestic Travel, and if traveling internationally, to consult with International Students Services and CDC Travel Advisories. NYFA encourages all travelers to follow the recommendations below:

  1. Do not travel if you have COVID-19 and your isolation period has not ended.
  2. Be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines before travel.
  3. Wear a N95/KN95 mask during air travel
  4. Get a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test 3-5 days after return from travel.
  5. Monitor for symptoms for 10 FULL DAYS after return from travel.

Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19

In the US, COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for individuals ages 6 months and older.

All currently approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines are  safe  and  effective  and  reduce your risk  of severe illness. 

For information regarding each authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine available in the US, please carefully review Different COVID-19 Vaccines , published by the CDC.

Please know that for weeks after being vaccinated, infection is possible, as the body needs time to build and strengthen its immunity to the virus. Continue to practice good personal hygiene.  The COVID-19 vaccines aren’t 100% effective and, although highly unlikely, it is possible to harbor the virus and infect others, even though you may be not experiencing symptoms.  Please refer to the  CDC Health Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated  for more information.

New York:   NYC Vaccine Command Center  and   New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program
Los Angeles:   LA County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
South Beach:  Miami Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.  Hours: 8am-7pm

The Miami Convention Center is offering free Pfizer vaccines, no appointment necessary for first dose, via a walk through service.

Booster shots when you are eligible are available at local pharmacies, doctor’s office and at the vaccination sites linked above.

In the US, everyone age 5 or older is eligible for a booster:

  • 2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • 5 months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

Students are considered “up-to-date” if they are fully vaccinated AND 14 days has passed since the administration of the final dose of a W.H.O. or F.D.A. COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use AND they have received their booster dose of vaccine, if eligible.

  • Examples of vaccines authorized for emergency use by the F.D.A. or W.H.O. include Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, BIBP/Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax/Covovax, Covaxin, Convidecia

If you received your final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or WHO authorized vaccine 5 months ago or longer, you are eligible for a Booster. If you received the single dose of the J&J vaccine 2 months ago or longer you are eligible for a Booster.

The Center for Disease Control publishes and updates important information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and provides answers to many commonly asked questions. Please click here for the  CDC COVID -19 Vaccines FAQ


Yes, please!  Although all the F.D.A. and W. H. O. vaccines approved for emergency use are proven to be extremely effective in preventing severe illness and death from SARS-CoV-2 infection, their effectiveness in preventing infection with the Omicron subvariants wanes quickly.  It is still possible to become infected with, for example the B5 Omicron subvariant, even if you are up-to-date on your vaccines, and especially if you live in a region where there is significant community spread and high rates of infection. 

To best protect  yourself from contracting the virus and spreading the virus to others, the CDC recommends the following:  

  • Wear a well-fitted N95/KN 95 mask when indoors and outdoors, in large crowds
  • Occupy well-ventilated spaces whenever possible
  • Move indoor activities outdoors
  • Get tested frequently
  • Stay home when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Increase space and distance from others.
The answers to the many questions you have about the COVID-19 vaccines can be found in  this document.
You may also visit the  CDC vaccine pages for the most current information available. 

NYFA Staff Resources

COVID-19 Team Administrators:

Each campus has staff trained and dedicated to providing students and employees support and guidance during quarantine and isolation and whenever help is needed.  The COVID-19 Team Administrators are also responsible for ensuring that safety protocols are followed. They perform contact tracing when someone in our community tests positive for COVID-19.  They monitor the data submitted through the NYFA COVID Symptom Tracker App. They take the temperatures of those entering campus.  They ensure that cleaning and disinfecting schedules are maintained. They are devoted to keeping students and employees safe.
And they are eager to offer assistance.  Their contact information is below.
COVID Team NY - 929-432-1432 - covidteamny@nyfa.edu
COVID Team LA - 747-292-9992 - covidteamla@nyfa.edu
COVID Team SB - 786-687-4800 - covidteamsb@nyfa.edu

Additional Staff Resources:

Please request support and guidance for accessing the care you need by reaching out to the appropriate individual on your campus:

New York:
Students: Sandra Schein, Dean of Students, NY:   sandra.schein@nyfa.edu
Faculty/Staff: Jeanine West, Associate HR Director:   jeanine.west@nyfa.edu


Los Angeles:
Students: Susan Ashe, Dean of Students, LA:   susan.ashe@nyfa.edu
Faculty/Staff: Jeanine West, HR Director (LA):   

South Beach:
Students: Maylen Dominguez, Campus Dean, SB:    maylen.dominguez@nyfa.edu
Faculty/Staff: Jeanine West, Associate HR Director:   jeanine.west@nyfa.edu

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