GC Forward – Issue # 6

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

Vaccination Information: This week, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the University-wide student vaccination policy. This policy [cuny.edu], summarized below, allows for the safe return to in-person learning in the fall.

For a student to attend any class in-person in the fall 2021 semester, whether the class is wholly in-person or in hybrid format, they must be fully vaccinated or have been granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

As of the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 25, to enter a CUNY facility, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must either be fully vaccinated, or else show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous seven days.

Students who plan to attend classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated need to start the vaccination process soon. Here are timelines for the three vaccines for which the FDA has granted emergency use authorization in the United States.

  • Moderna vaccine: 28 days between doses + 14 days for full effect.First dose by early July to attend fall 2021 in-person/hybrid courses.
  • Pfizer vaccine: 21 days between doses + 14 days for full effect.First dose by mid-July to attend fall 2021 in-person/hybrid courses.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine (and other viral vector vaccines): 14 days for full effect. First dose by early August to attend fall 2021 in-person/hybrid courses.

Students who currently reside in other countries should review the vaccination timelines for the vaccines they can access in their areas.

We encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to do so to protect their own life and the lives of others, including families, friends, students, and colleagues. The recent Graduate Center presentation on vaccines given by two medical doctors in our community underscored the importance of getting vaccinated to protect one’s own health and to keep others safe.
The available vaccines have proven to be highly effective in preventing individuals from becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19 infections. COVID-19 vaccines are also the only proven way to keep the virus from spreading and mutating. This includes the highly contagious Delta variant that is devastating other countries and is becoming the dominant strain in the U.S.
For more information about the science behind the vaccines and their efficacy, you can watch last week’s presentation on YouTube.

The #VaxUpCUNY [cuny.edu] website offers detailed information on how to get vaccinated for free in New York State and New York City.

We will share more details about CUNY’s vaccination and testing policies as soon as they are available. In the meantime, we can address your questions at reactivation@gc.cuny.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you back for the fall semester.


Robin L. Garrell, President

Julia Wrigley, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Submitted on: JUL 8, 2021

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