• Health Services

    Consider Health Services your source for information, tools and resources to help you address health questions and concerns. We’re focused on keeping you healthy and helping you continue your studies.

  • Health Alert: Coronavirus MONKEYPOX INFORMATION

    CUNY recently announced that the vaccine mandate will end on the last day of the Spring 2023 semester. For more information click here.

    Updated Vaccine Information for 2022

    Students are required to submit proof of MMR vaccinations and complete the meningitis response form in CUNYfirst. Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must also submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

    CDC-approved vaccination and booster shot are required. Get more information about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and complete the necessary steps before coming to campus.

    The State of New York requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to present proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) to attend college. Please submit this information in CUNYfirst.

    Acceptable proof of immunization must include two doses of measles vaccine and one dose of mumps and rubella vaccine. All students, both degree and non-degree, who register for six or more tuition units, must comply with this law. Students who are not in compliance with all immunization requirements will be excluded from classes and given an administrative withdrawal grade for all classes.

    How to submit MMR documentation:

    1. Complete the MMR immunization form and upload in CUNYfirst - watch how.
    2. Email health-center@lagcc.cuny.edu to confirm your submission.

    All colleges are required to distribute information about meningococcal meningitis and vaccination to all students, regardless of age. Students are required to sign and submit a record of the immunization within the past five years or a meningitis response form to demonstrate receipt of the meningococcal disease and vaccine information.

    How to complete the form and submit documentation:
    1. Log into CUNYfirst to complete the meningitis response form – see instructions.
    2. If you choose the first option on the form, submit your vaccine record with the date of your vaccination. ( watch how to upload documents in CUNYfirst.)

    Note: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all first-year college students up to age 21 years should have at least one dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment, preferably on or after their 16th birthday, and that young adults aged 16 through 23 years may choose to receive the Meningococcal B vaccine series. College and university students should discuss the Meningococcal B vaccine with a healthcare provider.

    For more information about meningococcal disease and vaccination, contact Health Services or your family physician, or find out more from the New York State Department of Health.

    Do I have to submit immunization/vaccination records?
    All students, both degree and non-degree, must submit an immunization record before being able to register for classes. LaGuardia Community College requires proof of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunity as well as a completed Meningitis Response form.

    What should I do if I don’t have proof of immunization?
    If you don’t have proof but you have had the MMR shots in the past, you can get a blood test and have your doctor fill out this immunization form. Additionally, if you graduated high school in New York State, you can get a copy from your high school. If you are an NYC public high school graduate, LaGuardia can access your high school immunization record, which can be used as an acceptable form of proof of immunization.

    Can I transfer my immunization to/from another CUNY School?
    If you are transferring from another CUNY school, LaGuardia’s Health Center will be able to look up your immunization records in CUNYfirst. Other CUNY colleges can see your LaGuardia information as well.

    Can the immunization requirement be waived based on a medical or religious exemption?
    Medical or religious exemptions must be filed 30 days prior to the start of classes. Please contact the Health Services Center at Health-Center@lagcc.cuny.edu for more information. Note: Request exemptions early, so your course registration is not delayed.

    Am I required to get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?
    The meningococcal meningitis vaccination is not a requirement. However, submitting the meningitis response form is required. The purpose of the form is simply to establish that you received information on the meningococcal disease and the available vaccine.

    Who do I tell if I test positive for COVID-19?
    Please review the guidelines for reporting positive cases.

  • HIV Screening



    Come to the Health Services Center for

    HIV Screening
    - Screening includes a Risk Assessment to determine risk reduction behaviors to reduce HIV transmission  Follow by an Rapid HIV Test via finger stick for a few drops of blood.

    STI Screening
    - Screening includes Risk Assessment to determine risk reduction behaviors to reduce Sexually Transmitted Infection transmission.  Followed by urine sample, venous blood sample, and in some cases throat and anal swab (self performed). All samples are to screen for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, Herpes (HSV2), and Trichomoniasis

    HCG Screening
    - Screening includes Risk Assessment to determine likelihood of pregnancy. Followed by urine sample to screen for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone. Typically it takes at least 14 days after unprotected sexual intercourse for test to detect  HCG. 


    Wellness - Resources


    Contact Health Services at 718-482-5280 or Health-Center@lagcc.cuny.edu for COVID-19 or other health questions.

    Complete the intake form in English or Spanish to access Wellness Center counseling services, and contact us at 718-482-5471 (option 2) or WellnessCenter@lagcc.cuny.edu.

    Please refer to the Campus Services page for current hours.

    Text “CUNY” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

    Visit NYCWell or the NYS Office of Mental Health to receive help with stress and anxiety about COVID-19.

  • Virtual Services

    Students who experience a medical incident that prevents them from continuing their classes can apply for a Medical Leave of Absence. You must make a request within six months following the end of the session in which your disability or illness occured.

    To be eligible, submit the Medical Leave of Absence form or letter from your doctor to Luz Ruyol at lruyol@lagcc.cuny.edu (as soon as possible so your academic record will not be jeopardized). The letter must be on official letterhead and must contain the following information:
    • Doctor's diagnosis and treatment (what is/was treatment that prevents the student from attending classes)
    • Date when treatment began
    • Expected date of return to class (if possible)
    During the period covered by the leave, you will receive grades of "W" for all courses taken.

    Our Insurance Facilitators can help you obtain free or low-cost health insurance. They are available for virtual consulations.
    • WellCare
      Michelle Climaco
      Marketplace Facilitated Enroller
      Cell: 347-504-4578
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
      Kabir Ahmed
      Marketplace Facilitated Enroller
      Cell: 917-495-4623
    • MetroPlus Health Plans
      Edelmira Garcia
      Marketplace Facilitated Enroller
    • Hispanic Federation
      Karina Santos
      Marketplace Facilitated Enroller
      212- 233-8955 ex.t 139
      Cell: 646-902-1508

    Virtual Resources

    Women’s Health Care
    Choices Medical remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Essential Services
    As an essential healthcare provider, Choices is seeing gynecological patients for serious, symptomatic vaginal problems and other services. The center’s prenatal program is open for existing and new patients. There are no age restrictions, and all of their services are completely confidential. Immigrants are welcome.

    Choices is focused on delivering the same high-quality care to patients that they would provide during an in-clinic visit and ensuring less barriers to care, especially in this pandemic when staying at home is so critical to saving lives. Through private, safe telehealth visits, you can receive counseling with licensed social workers as well as a range of essential gynecological visits, including follow-ups, lab results, prenatal care, birth control and general options counseling.

    Call 718-786-5000 to schedule your telehealth visit.

    We provide resources for safe sex, including information on abstinence, contraception and high-risk sexual behavior, as well as pregnancy and relationships.

    Twentyeight Health is a women's health organization offering affordable and convenient birth control online in three easy steps. To get birth control (pill, patch, ring, emergency contraception) delivered to you:
    1. Fill out a quick medical questionnaire online. A board-certified doctor will review your info to write/renew your prescription
    2. Get free, fast delivery within 2-3 days to any address you prefer
    3. Message the doctor directly at any time

    They are waiving the doctor evaluation fee ($20) with code ACCESS to make it easier during these challenging times. Birth control is often $0/month with insurance (including Medicaid) or starting at $16/month without insurance. Free delivery and messaging with the doctor are included.

    For further information, go to www.twentyeighthealth.com or email them at contact@twentyeighthealth.com.

    See the Guide to Surviving and Thriving at CUNY for help with overcoming educational, health and financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides tips on coping with stress and how can you can support peers who may be encountering problems.

  • Resources and Referrals

    • Health Care Services: Our health services are inclusive of everyone. We offer blood pressure monitoring as well as glucose and cholesterol testing.  
    • Nutrition and Fitness: See Contact Us for information on nutrition and food intake.
    • Mental Health: Get help with managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact the Wellness Center at 718-482-5471 or wellnesscenter@lagcc.cuny.edu for tele-counseling.
    • Smoking Cessation: Learn about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) options, gain strategies and resources for quitting and receive free nicotine patches. Visit www.smokefree.gov.
    • Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse: If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, please reach out to us with your questions and concerns.
    • Violence and Crimes: Get help for issues involving domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

  • Contact Us

    Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Room MB-40

    Renée Fuseyamore
    Shirley Solis
    Immunization Coordinator

    Medical/Emergency Response Staff Members:

    Luz Ruyol
    Assistant Director/Senior EMT Paramedic
    EMT-Paramedic State Certified
    Kevin Tenorio
    Emergency Medical Technician
    EMT-Paramedic State Certified
    Pratuang (Pat) Jimenez, RN
    College Nurse