GC Fall Plans – Newsletter #3

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

As you know from Governor Cuomo’s announcement and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s recent message, CUNY will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend in-person classes this fall. The vaccines are safe, effective, free, and easy to obtain. We urge all students, faculty, and staff to get their shots as soon as possible. Your own health and safety, and those of others, depend on it. 

All New York State vaccination sites accept walk-in appointments. You need only an ID that verifies your age and state residency. All New York vaccination sites are open to adults, regardless of where they live. The #VaxUpCUNY website has information on finding vaccination sites. 

CUNY offers employees up to four hours of excused leave per injection (up to eight hours total) to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations. 

What we know about the vaccines:

  • Mass vaccination is the surest path to herd immunity, meaning that the disease is less easily spread. 
  • The three vaccines that are widely available in the U.S. are extraordinarily effective, even against recently emerging COVID strains. The two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (mRNA vaccines) reduce the risk of symptomatic disease by 93–94%. The single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine (viral vector vaccine) reduces the risk of hospitalization by 93% and the risk of symptomatic disease by 73%.
  • As of May 9, nearly 3.5 million New York State residents have been fully vaccinated.

CUNY will provide additional guidance regarding the vaccine requirement and related issues, and we will continue to keep you informed. In the meantime, we urge you to get the vaccine now. It is the most important thing you can do to end this public health crisis. 

We look forward to seeing you on campus and to returning to the in-person learning, research, and gathering that make The Graduate Center so vibrant. 


Robin L. Garrell

Julia Wrigley
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brian A. Peterson 
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Submitted on: MAY 13, 2021

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