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Cornell University pushes vaccinate mandate for employees at Ithaca, Geneva campuses out to mid-January

Cornell University is delaying its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for faculty and staff.

The extension puts the mandate out to January 2022, according to officials.

Previously, employees were expected to be fully-vaccinated by December 8. However, they have until January 18 to get fully-vaccinated now.

An alternative would be getting a medical or religious exemption. However, the religious exemption would have to be valid under New York’s modified definition.

The rule applies to all Cornell employees at campuses across the state – even those in Ithaca, Geneva, and New York City.

The delay matches the federal delay that was announced this week due to pushback from unions. There is also the significant labor shortage, which has posed a huge threat to the country’s overall economic recovery.