ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell University has announced that it will hold its first student COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, April 23. The clinic will utilize the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses, and will be held in Bartels Hall on campus.

The announcement comes one week after the first clinic was announced, which was to involve all three local colleges. Now it appears that Cornell has split off, at least for the time being, as similar announcements have not been made by Ithaca College or Tompkins Cortland Community College. The first clinic was called off because of the recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine usage for a review of rare side-effects of the shot, which is still continuing.

Students who are interested in receiving the shot must enroll in the Tompkins County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine registry in order to receive an e-mail inviting them to sign up for an appointment. Those e-mails will start being sent out on the afternoon of April 20.

The clinic is being managed by the Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health Systems, both of which have been operating the vaccination clinic at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. The first dose takes place just before a long weekend for students, while the second dose will be scheduled for May 25; the school is encouraging students to remain in Ithaca until the second dose is administered.

Cornell announced earlier this month that they are requiring students to be vaccinated upon returning to campus for in-person learning in Fall 2021.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com