Updated: February 25
Vaccinations to halt the spread of COVID-19 have begun and many members of our own community are currently eligible.
NYU is committed to assisting with an efficient roll-out of the vaccination, in keeping with New York State mandatory guidance for priority groups. Though demand currently outstrips supply, we anticipate that all members of the community will gradually become eligible as the program expands.
The University strongly encourages all those who are eligible to be vaccinated; it is an important action to take for your own health, and to help keep each other safe.
We understand that many members of the NYU community are eager to be vaccinated. Nevertheless, please do not contact the NYU COVID Prevention & Response Team (CPRT), PeopleLink, StudentLink, or others to attempt to determine if you are eligible. When you are eligible, we will email you as promptly as possible.
All community members — both those awaiting vaccination and who have been vaccinated — must keep up safe behaviors and habits. Mask wearing, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, hand hygiene, regular testing, and use of the daily screener will continue to be mandated to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Please keep in mind that vaccinations immunize the individual, but during this process, it is equally important to sustain community health. Immunized individuals, even if they aren’t sick, can still spread COVID-19 by carrying the virus on their bodies and pose considerable risk to others who haven’t been vaccinated.
Vaccinating our community against COVID-19 will allow us to resume many of our pre-COVID activities and routines. However, it will take some months before we have vaccinated a substantial majority of the University community.
At this point, NYS authorities are permitting vaccination of the people who fall into Category 1A or 1B, as defined by New York State.
NYU Langone Health recently began making appointments available to members of the NYU community in Category 1A, including personnel from College of Dentistry, the Meyers School of Nursing, and the Student Health Center.
In accord with State directions and in partnership with NYU Langone, NYU recently began extending appointments to individuals that fall into Category 1B, including individuals aged 75 or older and those teaching in-person classes in the spring semester, among others. Individuals in these groups should be alert for forthcoming communications from the University about setting appointments for vaccinations.
The University has already started emailing some of those in the NYU community who fall into Categories 1A and 1B to make them aware that they are eligible to receive the vaccine and how they should go about setting up vaccination appointments. The distribution of vaccines to those who are in Categories 1A and 1B are expected to take several weeks to fully complete, depending on vaccine availability. If you are in Category 1A or 1B and haven’t yet received a communication about scheduling your vaccination, you will receive it over this period.
As the State expands eligibility, we will contact members of the NYU community to let them know they are authorized to receive the vaccine and how they should make the necessary arrangements.
Note: Please be aware that if you’re eligible to be vaccinated, you are not required to receive your vaccinations through NYULH or the University. You can register to be vaccinated through the public vaccination process or through your own healthcare provider.
NYU Langone Health: At this point, those at NYU who fall into Category 1A and 1B are being vaccinated through NYU Langone Health’s locations.
Campus-based Vaccination Program: As indicated in a prior communication, the CPRT, on behalf of the University, applied to be a COVID-19 vaccination center. That application was approved and once the first shipment of vaccines arrives, we will begin to conduct on-campus vaccination operations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We will provide additional information as the arrangements are finalized.
State or Local Vaccination Site: Eligible members of the NYU community are not required to receive their vaccinations through NYULH or the University. If they wish, they can register to be vaccinated through the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination website, the New York City COVID-19 Hubs Vaccination Scheduler, through their healthcare provider, or another vaccine distribution center.