Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

COVID-19 vaccine - expanded eligibility beginning April 6

Publication Date

Dear Union College Community,

As of April 6, all New York residents (including students living on or around campus) above the age of 16 may be vaccinated in New York. As a reminder, Union College strongly encourages all members of our community--students, faculty and staff--to be vaccinated if they are able as they become eligible.

Finding a vaccine appointment

  • Starting April 6, make an appointment online - There are several sites that list available vaccine appointments. You may need to look at more than one site before finding an appointment time and location that works best for you. The Schenectady County COVID Vaccine site lists several options and will provide updates when additional vaccination sites become available. To find the latest information, visit the section “Where to Schedule an Appointment/Resources.”
  • If you prefer to make your appointment via phone, you can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.
  • Individuals must show proof of both residency in New York and age in order to qualify.
    • Proof of residency can include one (1) of the following: either a state or government-issued ID, statement from a landlord, a current rent receipt or lease, or mortgage records; or two (2) of the following: statement from another person, current mail, school records.
    • Proof of age can include driver’s license or other government ID, birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, certificate of naturalization or citizenship, life insurance policy, or marriage certificate.
  • Students: Please avoid scheduling vaccination appointments that conflict with class times. Appointment-scheduling tools typically offer sufficient choice to facilitate this. If you are unable to do so, please communicate with your faculty member about your absence.
  • Faculty: Any flexibility you are able to extend regarding unavoidable student absences for this purpose will be appreciated.
  • Employees: 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 now 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.

Log your vaccination records in emocha
emocha now allows students and employees to report their vaccination records (first and second doses, where applicable). We ask all students and employees to record your COVID vaccinations by uploading an image or pdf of your vaccination record using the emocha app or website. See the emocha instructions to learn more.

If you need assistance uploading your vaccination record, please contact emocha at 240-343-9222 or helpdesk@emocha.com. If you would like to speak to a member of the Human Resources team, please contact Gwen Pulvirent at pulvireg@union.edu or Bonnie Mortensen Szczerba at mortensb@union.edu. Students who have questions can email Health Services at uchealthcenter@union.edu.

Transportation
Many of the vaccination sites have ample parking if you want to drive to your vaccination appointment. Union College students may use their Union College ID to ride the CDTA bus free of charge for access to locations, including local pharmacies. Please contact covid19@union.edu with any questions about transportation.

Vaccination on campus
The College continues to try to secure doses of the vaccine for students and employees. We have not yet received them. While we advocate for doses for our Union community, we encourage you to seek the vaccine at the sites surrounding our campus in the meantime.

We strongly encourage you to double mask where close contact with others cannot be prevented, and when using transportation. Thank you for all you continue to do to help protect our community.

Be well,

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Beth R. Glassman
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Strom Thacker
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs