Vaccination Update

February 25, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

This week, the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announced a COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. The registry is intended to help TCHD better understand demand for the vaccine and will allow the health department to communicate directly with those who are in an eligible group to receive the vaccine when doses become available. This registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment.

Employees who are eligible to receive the vaccine based on their job roles and responsibilities at Cornell have received eligibility letters. In order to be vaccinated, you must bring that letter with you. Also, keep in mind that the registry is only for communicating about first doses. If you have already received your first dose from a state site, you must return to that site for your second dose and you should not register with Tompkins County.

The registry can also be used by caregivers, family members and friends in order to complete the registry on behalf of someone who is eligible but may not have access to the internet. Only those who are currently eligible within Phase 1a or 1b can fill out the form at this time. The registry form will be updated as New York state expands eligibility.

Cornell and TCHD continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get the vaccine when they are able.


Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Gary Koretzky
Vice Provost for Academic Integration

TCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Registry

As noted above, TCHD has created a registry to help identify how many currently eligible individuals wish to receive a vaccine. This is part of ongoing planning for a more adaptable and efficient distribution of the vaccine in Tompkins County. Information will be used by TCHD to communicate directly with those who are eligible when doses become available.

Caregivers, family members, or friends can complete this registry on behalf of someone who does not have access to the internet. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) and someone can register them over the phone. TCHD will use this registry to distribute links for eligible groups to register for available vaccineappointments. If indicated in the registry, individuals who do not have computer access will be called by a staff member from 2-1-1 or the County’s Office for the Aging to register for an appointment.

This registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment and eligible individuals should continue to seek available vaccine appointments through pharmacies and state-run sites if they are able. A full list of eligible populations is available on the Tompkins County website.

The registry form can be found at

Individuals who fill out the registry form can expect a confirmation email from Individuals should not call TCHD to ask where they are on the list.

If you are not currently eligible for the vaccine, TCHD is encouraging you to sign up to receive email updates. TCHD will invite more individuals to join the registry as eligibility expands.

Additional Resources

General comments or questions can be sent to the university's COVID Support Center.

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