SUNY Cortland President Eric J. Peterbaum sent the following message to students, urging them to get their COVID-19 boosters:
my dear students,
I would like to share with you some important news about the COVID-19 vaccine boosters.
This morning, the FDA authorized the use of single booster doses for all fully vaccinated individuals 18 years of age or older.
If you received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and received your second dose on or before May 5, you are eligible for a booster dose. If you received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine on or before September 5, you are also eligible for a booster dose.
I want to be clear: The SUNY Cortland and SUNY Cortland system do not mandate or require COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for students at this time. This policy may change in the future. If this happens, the university will pass this information on to you.
However, I would highly recommend all students to seriously consider getting a booster vaccine. These reinforcements will provide ongoing protection against COVID-19, which is vital to your health as well as the health of your family, colleagues, faculty and neighbors.
New York State has a COVID-19 vaccine website that can help you find an appointment. You may want to schedule this during the Thanksgiving break.
You should also seriously consider getting a seasonal flu shot to keep you and your loved ones protected from illness this winter. These shots are available at most drugstores, and you can often get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster at the same time.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, such as fever, chills, sore throat, cough, runny nose, or headache, please call the Student Health Service at 607-753-4811 to schedule a test or get advice on your best course. the job. Please stay home from class and other activities and contact your faculty regarding your absence. Your professors will work with you to make arrangements and will be grateful that you are doing the right thing to keep the campus community safe and healthy.
Please be safe and have a great weekend,
All the best,
Eric J. Peterbaum