All SUNY Schools to Require Students to Have COVID-19 Vaccine
In a move that had been speculated about for quite a while, the State University of New York system will require all students to have received the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to campus for in-person classes.
WKBW-TV is reporting on an announcement that was made by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo today regarding this requirement.
All colleges and university centers in the SUNY and CUNY system will require students who are returning in the fall to have received the COVID-19 Vaccine before they are allowed on campus. The Governor also strongly encouraged private colleges and universities that are within New York State to follow suit and require their students to be vaccinated as well.
There is no factual argument against the vaccine, and there is no excuse not to get your shot. This vaccine is the weapon that will help us win the war on COVID, and so I urge everyone who still needs to take it to do so quickly at one of our many sites across the state.
-Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York
The SUNY University System serves more than 1.3 million students across 64 different campuses in the state. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast majority of those students received their education on campus in some capacity. The City University of New York (CUNY) serves an additional 275,000 people. This requirement is sure to ruffle a few feathers in New York due to the fact that it will impact so many people.
Getting the vaccine itself may be relatively easy since many SUNY and CUNY sites also host state-run mass vaccination sites.