Local colleges encouraging, not requiring, students to get vaccinated

The State University of New York says it will offer one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residential students before the semester’s end, but will enough students be willing to get a vaccine?

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 6:11 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2021 6:24 PM

Utica College is partnering with MVCC, and SUNY Poly to get as many students vaccinated as possible.

There will be a closed vaccination POD for any of those students interested in getting a shot.

Shad Crowe is the vice president of Emergency Management at Utica College. He’s hopeful this clinic will encourage students to get vaccinated.

"The majority of our faculty and staff have received the vaccine at this time, but you know the number of students who have received it is much smaller," said Crowe.

That may soon change with eligibility opened up to anyone over the age of 16, but if enough students don’t get vaccinated, will Utica College be requiring it for in-person classes?

"As far as requiring it, we’re not requiring it at this time. We’re strongly encouraging it, but we are not requiring it," he said.

Hamilton College is offering 250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to their students, and are willing to shuttle eligible students to and from local vaccination sites.

Herkimer College Director of Public Relations Rebecca Ruffing says the College continues to test students and staff on a regular basis, and has no immediate plans to require vaccinations to attend in-person classes.

"At this point we are not requiring the vaccination. We will take guidance from the Governor and from the SUNY Chancellor on that as things develop, and the legality of it is determined," said Ruffing.

Herkimer College Sophomore Ethan Patch is in favor of getting a vaccination, but knows not all students are planning on getting vaccinated.

"I think it’s a little bit of a mix. People have different views on it. I think they’re just worried about what is in the vaccinations, and like causes like what’s going to happen to them if they get it," said Patch.

New Yorkers can schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site on the 'Am I Eligible' website.

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