Vaccination Eligibility Update for Graduate and Professional Students

March 11, 2021

Dear Graduate Students,

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced new expansions of the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and the addition of 10 more state-run vaccination sites in the next couple of weeks as distribution of the vaccine continues to ramp up.

Effective immediately, the priority group eligibility for higher education now includes graduate and professional students who have paid assistantships, fellowships, or hourly positions that require in-person activities.

This includes:

  • Graduate assistants who have on-campus responsibilities.
  • Students on fellowships who have on-campus research or academic responsibilities.
  • Hourly student workers who have on-campus duties.

This does not include:

  • Students who are only attending classes on campus.
  • Students who are conducting research or performing activities related to their academic requirements without an assistantship, funding, or hourly employment.

The new guidelines from the state and county only cover students if they have paid employment, fellowships, or assistantship appointments that require in-person activities. Students who are working 100% remotely are not included. 

Please use the Cornell Vaccine Eligibility Attestation Tool to generate your eligibility letter. Then complete the state Am-I-Eligible Form and check the "in-person instruction" box to look for a site to make an appointment.

Cornell's COVID-19 Support Center is processing requests and generating letters as quickly as possible. It may take a few days for a response. Also, eligibility has been expanded recently. If you are on a fellowship and were denied your request, please resubmit.

Tompkins County is offering free bus service to the SUNY Binghamton Vaccination Center. 

Warm regards,

Kathryn J. Boor
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education