CORNELL COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM

Vaccination Update

March 30, 2021

Dear Cornell Community,

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that, beginning today, all New Yorkers 30 years and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, followed by expanded eligibility for New Yorkers 16 years and older on April 6. This is great news for our employees, students and broader community, and we encourage all individuals to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible to do so.

Please be aware that age eligibility is limited to those who also live in New York state. Although employees may have job-based eligibility through Cornell, working in New York is not sufficient criteria at this time to receive a vaccine based upon age. You can use the attestation tool to receive a job-based eligibility letter from Cornell.

For out-of-state students living on campus, including university-owned co-ops and university-owned Greek housing, the university is working on plans to support you with providing documentation of residency for vaccination appointments. We appreciate your patience and will communicate further details to those students by April 6.

If a vaccine requires two doses (i.e., Pfizer and Moderna), you should plan to receive both doses from the same vaccination location. If you plan to leave the area at the end of the semester, it is critical that you allow enough time to complete the full required vaccination protocol before departing, as you may be unable to receive the second dose in another state or country.

We recognize that transportation may be challenging for some employees and students. New guidance from New York state indicates that pharmacies are now authorized to vaccinate individuals 30 years and older, as well as individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions.

You can visit the CDC Vaccine Finder to search for vaccination sites, including pharmacies, or you can search for appointments at state-run distribution sites that are within a short drive or bus ride. Sign up for the TCHD Vaccine Registry to be notified about appointments at the Cayuga Heath site located at the Ithaca mall. There is also a new vaccination site in Cortland County on the SUNY Cortland campus, as well as multiple state-run vaccination sites, including those in Corning, Binghamton and Syracuse.

After receiving your final dose, it is important that you upload your Proof of Vaccination using the new portal in the Daily Check.

Sincerely,

Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Gary Koretzky
Vice Provost for Academic Integration


Additional Resources

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