Updates Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Availability for Eligible Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The University continues to update our campus community about ongoing developments related to the distribution and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York. The state has not yet expanded vaccine eligibility beyond those in Phase 1a and 1b groups and individuals with certain underlying health conditions. However, there are efforts underway to make vaccines more readily available to those who are already eligible. To that end, we have two important updates to share:

Vaccine Hours to Expand at New York State Fairgrounds

Yesterday, it was announced that with approval of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, the New York State Fairgrounds will begin operating as a 24-hour-a-day vaccination clinic beginning Friday, March 5. Extended hours and expanded vaccine availability will open up thousands of additional appointments, making it easier for those eligible to receive the vaccine. New appointment time slots at the fairgrounds will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 4.

To check your eligibility and make an appointment, visit the New York State eligibility tool website or call the state’s Vaccination Hotline at 1.833.697.4829. Again, the state is currently vaccinating Phase 1a and 1b groups, including those with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions, as outlined in its phased vaccine distribution plan. Only individuals determined to be eligible by the state should pursue an appointment.

Employment Verification Letters No Longer Required at County/State Vaccination Sites

Faculty and staff eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a county or state vaccination site (including the fairgrounds) are not required to bring an employment verification letter to their appointment as previously instructed. Employees should, however, bring the following items to their appointment:

·       Syracuse University I.D.;

·       A pay stub; and

·       Health insurance ID card (there will not be a co-pay or other out-of-pocket expense for the vaccination).

We will continue to keep you informed of any additional updates on vaccine eligibility and availability. As a reminder, New York State—not Syracuse University—makes all determinations related to vaccine eligibility based on a variety of factors, including the risk associated with workplace exposure and the availability of vaccine supplied to New York State by the federal government.


Andrew R. Gordon
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation

John Liu
Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost