“Let’s make a global statement. You cannot go back to school in-person, in September, unless you have a vaccine. That would be a major motivation for people to get the vaccine,” stated Governor Cuomo Monday.
The Governor has decreed New York public college students who attend class will be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations by this fall. He is further urging private schools to mandate vaccinations for students attending in-person classes.
Both Cornell and Syracuse universities are among the private schools that have such a requirement.
The vaccination rates among the 16-25 age group are lower compared to older residents. The age group with the best vaccination is 65-74, at 73.6%. But the youngest group of eligible New Yorkers, which includes college-aged people, have a 24.7% vaccination rate.