Public health officials recommend vaccination as the first and best way to ultimately protect our community against COVID-19. However, stopping this pandemic requires us to continue to deploy all public health strategies, including those well-known to us (e.g., mask wearing, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding large groups, limiting travel).

Vaccination Requirement – Fall 2021

Cornell requires an approved COVID-19 vaccination for students returning to all campuses, including Cornell Tech, for the Fall 2021 semester. At this time, Cornell is not requiring our employees to be vaccinated; however, we strongly encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated when eligible. Vaccination is key to the resolution of this global pandemic, and we hope that all take this opportunity to protect yourselves, as well as our community.

Vaccination Eligibility

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all New York residents 16 and older. People who live outside the state but work or study in New York are also eligible.

Appointments are currently available at a number of state-run and city-run sites.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility, please visit