COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 vaccine available to students on campus beginning April 9

Publication Date

Dear Students,

I am pleased to inform you that Union College Health Services has received 600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which requires only one dose. Per the New York State Department of Health, these doses are designated for students only.

  • 50 appointments are available tomorrow, April 9 between 1 p.m and 4 p.m.
    Sign up for an appointment now. Please select “appointment scheduling” and then “schedule appointment” to select a time.
  • 550 appointments will be available April 12-14. A separate email will be sent tomorrow, April 9 around noon with a link to sign up for these appointments.

All appointments will be obtained on a first come, first served basis.

We encourage all students who have not yet received any doses of the vaccine to sign up for these appointments. See the FAQ below for additional information. Thank you for committing to your health and the health of the Union community.


Fran’Cee Brown-McClure
Vice President for Student Affairs



  • I have already signed up for an appointment elsewhere, should I sign up for an appointment on campus? We encourage all students 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. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another.
  • 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 not a residential student this term, can I be vaccinated? Yes. If you are able to be in the region, you are welcome to sign up for one of these appointments. Note that if you do not have campus privileges and are not tested weekly, you may only come to your vaccine appointment and then you must leave the campus.
  • Can I bring another individual to campus with me for a vaccine? No. These appointments are for Union College students 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 class to obtain my vaccine appointment? We will be providing multiple days and hours of testing and ask all students to secure an appointment outside of class time. If you must have an appointment during class time, you need to discuss that with your professor
  • 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 the vaccine throughout the term.