COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine - Expanded Eligibility

Publication Date

Colleagues,
The state added to the list of populations who are eligible for vaccination. The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), our advocacy partner in New York State, has confirmed:

  • In-Person Staff - Eligible for Vaccination Beginning March 17: The state’s vaccination guidance has been updated to include “In-Person College Faculty and Essential In-Person Staff” (see page 10 here). This change means that staff at your institutions who are working in-person are now eligible for vaccination. Note that the state’s Am I Eligible website for scheduling appointments does not yet reflect this update. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling the state’s hotline, 1-833-697-4829.
    • Employees will be required to show proof of eligible employment which can take the form of an employee ID, pay stub, or letter from their employer.
    • The guidance says this is applicable to “staff” with no caveats beyond “in-person,” so we believe this is also applicable to student workers and contractors on your campuses who are working in-person.

Employment Proof for COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Age Lowered for Vaccine Eligibility: The Governor also announced yesterday that adults 60 and over will be eligible for vaccination beginning Wednesday, March 10, lowering the age limit from 65. Additionally, he announced that beginning March 17 all sites can vaccinate all eligible people, except pharmacies which can only vaccinate those 60 and older and teachers.

The College encourages all employees who meet any of these criteria, including student employees, to schedule appointments for vaccination. Please bring your Union ID or paystub with you to your appointment as proof. Employees who do not have an ID or paystub verifying their employment, including students, may email blessinj@union.edu to obtain a letter confirming their employment.

We will continue to provide more information on the vaccine as we have it and as federal, state and county guidance changes, as it has done frequently.

Warm regards,

Beth R. Glassman
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer