Cuomo says New York public colleges will require students to get vaccines

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the State University of New York and the City University of New York will require Covid-19 vaccinations for students returning this fall.

“If you must have a vaccine, get it now if you have to get it anyway,” Cuomo said. “I also encourage private schools to do the same thing. Let’s make a global statement — you cannot go back to school in September unless you have a vaccine. That will be a major motivation to get the vaccine.”

About 394,000 undergrads and graduate students are enrolled in the SUNY system. CUNY serves about 274,000 students on campuses in all five New York City boroughs.

Some New York schools, including prominent private schools like Cornell University and New York University, already require Covid vaccinations for returning students this fall, with exemptions for medical and religious reasons.


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