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March 11 Message from the Student Health Office

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Dear Mercy Community,

The New York State Department of Health has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include essential in-person college staff and individuals 60 years and older.

Below is a list of current groups who are eligible to receive the COVD-19 vaccine based on New York State guidelines (updates in bold):

  • Essential in-person college staff (This includes both staff and student employees. If you are eligible you will receive a letter from Human Resources by Wednesday, March 17, 2021.)
  • Individuals 60 years and older
  • Individuals with comorbidities, to view list click here
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised.
  • Faculty teaching in-person
  • Campus health employees with patient-facing roles (including clinicians, administrative staff, and any others who interact with patients in-person).
  • Campus staff who administer COVID-19 tests (those who actually do swabs for sample collection).
  • Students on clinical rotations who have patient-facing roles. Only SHNS students who are currently in clinicals are eligible and they will need a letter from their professor stating their eligibility.
  • Campus staff/student volunteers who administer COVID-19 vaccines (those actually doing the injections, not solely in administrative roles).
  • Individuals who meet the conditions above and work in New York and reside in another state.

As a reminder, here is the process to determine eligibility and make an appointment:

Process:

  • Click here to view New York State vaccination guidance on eligibility. 
  • Individuals must confirm eligibility and make a reservation through the New York State website, here. Please note that New York State is requiring that individuals receive both doses of the vaccine in the same location.
  • For those located in New York City, please use the scheduling tool available here.  
  • For a list of current regional vaccination locations, click here.
  • Beginning March 17, 2021 all sites can vaccinate all eligible individuals, except pharmacies which can only vaccinate those 60 years and older and teachers.
  • Individuals will need to bring proof of their eligibility to their appointment.  Accepted forms of eligibility include an employee ID, pay stub, or letter from Mercy.  The College will provide letters of eligibility to bring to your appointment (see above).

We will continue to provide updates as they are received.  For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Thank you,

Colleen Powers
Director of Health and Wellness Programs