NYC Vaccination Mandate for Age 5 and Up

Dear JCC Families,

On Tuesday, December 14, NYC COVID-19 vaccination requirements for children aged 5 and up take effect for indoor fitness, dining, and entertainment venues, as well as certain extracurricular activities, including all sports and dance. We’re writing to confirm the JCC’s compliance with this mandate for all children’s swim, athletics, ballet, and Bold Pop classes.

Additionally, by February 1, we will be requiring that all children age 5 and up enrolled in any JCC program in our building be fully vaccinated.* While we recognize that the NYC guidelines relate specifically to fitness, entertainment, and certain extracurricular activities, we have decided to make this an institutional building policy as the best way to ensure wellness in our community.

Proof of vaccination for children aged 5 and up

  • Starting Tue, Dec 14, all children aged 5 and up participating in JCC sports, swim, or dance must show proof of one dose of vaccination in order to participate.
  • Parents and caregivers can upload a copy of your child’s vaccination proof here (it will be viewed by your program director) or you may show your proof directly to your child’s class instructor, who will make note of it.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC issued vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, the Clear Health Pass, or the NYC COVID Safe App.
  • After Tue, Dec 14, children aged 5 and up without proof of vaccination will not be permitted entry to JCC fitness, swim, sports, and dance programs.
  • By Tue, Feb 1, children aged 5 and up in all JCC programs must be fully vaccinated* to participate in any programs or services inside the building. (Please note that vaccination policies for summer programming, including our camps, will be confirmed closer to the 2022 summer season)
  • Children turning 5 during the program season will have 60 days following their birthday to become fully vaccinated* and provide proof to the JCC in order to remain in the class.

Mask policy reminder

Masks are required in the building for adults, children over 2, instructors, and any support staff present regardless of vaccination status in all classes and programs (except when in the pool or showers). JCC Health Club members are not required to wear masks within the Health Club once vaccination status has been noted in one’s account. JCC staff will also continue to wear masks.


Your cooperation with our health and safety protocols is appreciated. If you have questions or concerns about the timeline as it pertains to your child, please reach out to an individual program director (listed below). Should you have questions about your membership account, please email We trust that the steps that the city and the JCC are taking to ensure the health and safety of our community will provide greater peace of mind for all. It has been a pleasure seeing so many of you and your children return to the JCC this fall, and we’re looking forward to your participation throughout the winter/spring season and beyond.

Best in health,

Rabbi Joy Levitt
Chief Executive Officer

Program directors are happy to speak with you. Please email:

Sports: Coaches
Aquatics, Infants + Young Children: Caitlin Boker
Aquatics, School-Age: Elana Pici
Music, Dance, Pre-nursery: Yael Kahn Pinto
After School Clubhouse: Nick Goutman
Camps: Genna Singer
The Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School: Alicia Stoller

*"Fully vaccinated" per CDC guidelines means 2 weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized double-dose vaccine, or the sole dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized single-dose vaccine.