Sign up now for on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic on April 23
Dear Cornell Students,
We are pleased to announce that there will be an on-campus student vaccination clinic on Friday, April 23 in Bartels Hall. Because this vaccination clinic is offered on a wellness day, this is a great opportunity to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. Cayuga Health System (CHS) and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) will manage the clinic, which will administer the Moderna vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have not been associated with the potential complication currently being evaluated in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Students who wish to participate in the on-campus clinic must enroll in the TCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. If you have previously registered and indicated that you are a Cornell student, you do not need to register again. Beginning tomorrow afternoon, please monitor your email (including spam folder) for an invitation to sign up for an appointment.
The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. Your appointment to receive your second dose will be on May 25 at the same time of day as your first dose appointment. These second dose appointments will again be held on campus. If you choose to get your first dose on April 23, but you are unable to receive your second dose on May 25, you can request to reschedule your second dose appointment through the TCHD, where you will be notified of additional opportunities to receive your second dose. There are no classes over wellness days (April 23-26) when this first dose will be administered.
If you decide to take advantage of this vaccination opportunity on April 23, we encourage you to make arrangements to stay in Ithaca to receive the second dose on May 25 if at all possible. If your schedule requires you to be outside of Tompkins County by May 25, you may still want to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to receive a first dose, as state and federal officials anticipate being able to ensure vaccine availability across the county by the end of May. For many people, this should enable you to obtain the second dose elsewhere, but this cannot be absolutely guaranteed. It is of course extremely important for you to complete the second dose on time, regardless of your location.
We are tremendously grateful that CHS and TCHD were able to schedule this vaccination clinic for Cornell students. We are hopeful that this event, other local opportunities, and potential future on-campus clinics will allow all members of our community to be able to be vaccinated soon.
Sharon McMullen, RN, MPH, FACHA
Assistant Vice President of Student and Campus Life for Health and Wellbeing