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SUNY, CUNY students must have COVID vaccine by fall semester, or will not be eligible for in-person learning

Students who want to return to full, in-person learning this fall at SUNY and CUNY schools will need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

That was the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, who said that the State University of New York and City University of New York system will require students to be vaccinated by the fall semester.

Some private colleges around the state- like Cornell have already announced that they would require the vaccine by fall.

“Let’s make a global statement,” Cuomo said at his briefing Monday. “You cannot go back to school in-person, in September, unless you have a vaccine. That would be a major motivation for people to get the vaccine.”

SUNY has been offering the COVID vaccine to students before they return home and after the spring semester.