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Cayuga Legislature will vote on resolution asking SUNY to undo COVID vaccine policy

The Cayuga County Legislature is set to vote on a resolution next week, which would ask SUNY to end its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students.

Legislators Jim Basile and Andy Dennison sponsored the resolution, which links the vaccine mandate to declining enrollment at Cayuga Community College, a trend that predates the pandemic.


The resolution urges SUNY to amend or remove its vaccination policy, which applies to on-campus students but not faculty or staff.

The legislators contend that mandatory vaccination policies are unfair to younger populations, such as students, while not being applicable to senior populations.

SUNY’s current policy requires on-campus students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with booster shots being strongly encouraged. The legislators claim that SUNY’s vaccine mandate has contributed to a decline in enrollment at Cayuga Community College.