COVID-19 Vaccines

Public health officials recommend vaccination as the first and best way to ultimately protect our community against COVID-19. However, stopping this pandemic requires us to continue to deploy all public health strategies, including those well-known to us (e.g., mask wearing, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding large groups, limiting travel).

New York state is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in phases based on need and risk. The state is currently in Phase 1B.

The distribution of vaccines is an evolving and dynamic process. We will do our best to keep the campus community updated on New York state’s progress; however, we encourage you to visit the Tompkins County Department of Health for the timeliest information.

Cornell is not requiring its employees or students to be vaccinated at this time, but participation in the community-wide vaccination effort is strongly encouraged in order to protect and safeguard the health of our campus and greater Ithaca community.

These FAQs will be updated as more information about vaccination at Cornell becomes available.

About COVID-19 Vaccines

Two different COVID-19 vaccines are currently being distributed in the U.S., one produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and a second by Moderna. Learn more about how the vaccines work, what side effects may be experienced, and what protection is offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccination at Cornell

New York state has developed a phased approach to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. Cornell is working actively with Cayuga Health System (CHS) and the Tompkins County Health Department, and is strictly following New York State regulatory guidelines to identify individuals within the Cornell community who are eligible for vaccination based on the New York State Department of Health distribution criteria. The vaccines themselves are being administered by CHS.

At this time, Cornell is not requiring our employees or students to be vaccinated; however, we strongly encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated when eligible. Vaccination is key to the resolution of this global pandemic, and we hope that all take this opportunity to protect yourselves, as well as our community.

The Tompkins County Health Department has the most up-to-date information on vaccination eligibility and status for our region.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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