COVID-19 Updates

[Faculty/Staff] COVID-19 vaccine appointments on April 14

Publication Date

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that Union College Health Services received additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Schenectady County Public Health Services this afternoon. While we recognize that this is short notice, we are making these vaccines available to staff and faculty tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to get vaccinated if they are able to do so.

Sign up for an appointment now. All appointments will be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Benefits of vaccination for members of the Union Community:

  • Once you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine if you have contact with a known positive individual. (Note: Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since your Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two weeks have passed since your 2nd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.)
  • Effective April 19, once you are fully vaccinated and your vaccination record is uploaded in emocha, you are no longer required to test weekly. If you develop symptoms you should not report to work and contact your primary care physician or schedule a COVID-19 test.

Notes for individuals signed up for April 14 appointments:

  • The Moderna vaccine requires 2 shots, four weeks (28 days) apart. You will be given a date and time for your second dose at your first appointment.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment for paperwork and plan on spending 30-45 minutes at the site to allow time for the vaccination and the post-vaccination waiting period.

As a reminder, once you have received your vaccine, please remember to record your vaccination in emocha by uploading an image or pdf of your vaccination record card using the emocha app or website. See the emocha instructions to learn more.

See the FAQ below for additional information. We are eager to get our entire community vaccinated and look forward to a return to a sense of normalcy.

Beth R. Glassman
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Strom Thacker
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs


I have already signed up for an appointment elsewhere. Should I sign up for an appointment on campus? We encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. You are welcome to sign up for one of these spots. After you receive a dose on campus, please cancel your vaccine appointment at the other site.

Should I wait to get another type of vaccine? No. The CDC recommends that you should get the first COVID-19 vaccine that is available to you. Do not wait for a specific brand.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine? According to the CDC: “Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.”

I am an employee who is not on campus this term, can I be vaccinated? Yes. You are welcome to sign up for one of these appointments. Note that if you are not in our testing regimen or test periodically, you may come to your vaccine appointment but should not plan to spend an extended period of time on campus.

Can I bring a non-Union individual to campus with me for a vaccine? No. These appointments are for Union College students and employees only.

Do I have to have an appointment to get vaccinated on campus? Yes. At this time we only have access to a limited number of doses. You will not receive a dose unless you have a confirmed appointment.

Can I miss work to obtain my vaccine appointment? Yes. If you require time off to get your vaccine, please speak with your supervisor about scheduling time off in advance. Under New York law, you may use a sufficient period of time up to four hours of paid time off per vaccine to attend your vaccination appointments. Click here for more information.

Will Union have more doses in the future? We have been attempting to secure doses of the vaccine for members of our campus community for months. While we are delighted to receive these doses, we do not know how difficult it will be for us to obtain vaccines in the future. We will continue to seek more doses.

Will the College receive sufficient additional doses to administer the second vaccine to those who receive the first Moderna vaccine at the College? Yes.