Administration, Tompkins Department of Health encourage booster shots for eligible people

The University encourages Cornellians to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are eligible, wrote vice-president of academic integration Gary Koretzky and assistant vice-president of health and wellness Sharon McMullen in an email sent to the Cornell community on Monday.

“Cornell is not requiring members of our community to receive a reminder at this time; However, as groundbreaking cases continue to occur, we encourage you to consider receiving a recall once eligible, ”Koretzky and McMullen wrote. “Boosters are readily available to eligible people. “

This post comes as people who work or live in a residential educational facility, as well as those over 65, are eligible for the recall under current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Koretzky and McMullen recommended looking for information on where to get a recall on the Tompkins County Department of Health website or by using the website.

According to the CDC, eligible groups also include people 18 and older with approved underlying health conditions and those who face increased exposure to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional setting. The booster recommendations are different from the third dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine which is recommended for immunocompromised people who may not have full protection against the standard vaccination schedule.

Workplaces eligible for the recall include healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, grocery stores, public transportation, and schools and daycares where students are not eligible for the COVID vaccination due to their age. In addition to being in an eligible group, people must have received their dose of Johnson & Johnson at least two months ago or their last dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least six months ago to receive a booster.

“Booster injections are available and recommended to help increase your immune response before protection from the primary vaccine decreases,” Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County director of public health, said in a press release Monday. “All available vaccines continue to be safe and effective in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death.”

While Cornell does not require the recall or that the Cornellians document their recall, Koretzky and McMullen have encouraged those who have received a COVID-19 recall to upload the documentation to the Daily Check website.

“While not mandatory, it allows the university to adapt to changing public health guidelines and to understand the level of community protection on our campus,” wrote Koretzky and McMullen.

In addition to encouraging COVID-19 booster shots, Koretzky, McMullen, and TCHD recommend getting the flu shot.

“Public health guidelines indicate that there is no risk in receiving a COVID-19 booster and a flu shot simultaneously or shortly after the other,” Koretzky and McMullen wrote.

Cornell is offering on-campus flu shot clinics to all members of the Ithaca campus community until November 11. Walk-in tours are permitted, but Cornell recommends registering in advance.

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