Community Forum Recordings

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine: Myths, Facts and New York’s Distribution Plans presented by Adelphi’s Chief Administrative Officer Gene Palma, epidemiologist and Clinical Associate Professor Dr. K.C Rondello and Director of Adelphi Health Services Nicole Gaudino

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Categories of eligible individuals are set by New York state; Adelphi does not determine who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to a limited supply of the vaccine, New York state is following a phased distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible individuals in New York’s Phase 1B (as of Tuesday, January 12, 2021) include the following groups in higher education:

  • Higher education faculty teaching in-person classes
  • Childcare providers on higher education campuses (Alice Brown Early Learning Center faculty and staff members)
  • Faculty and staff members who are 65 years of age or older
  • Student health employees in patient-facing roles
  • Employees administering COVID-19 tests
  • Students on clinical rotations with patient-facing roles
  • Eligible individuals who volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Student teachers working in Pre-K through grade 12 during the spring semester

At this time, the demand for vaccines far outpaces available supply. For this reason, New York state estimates a timeline of approximately 12–14 weeks for vaccines to be distributed to all those eligible in Phases 1A and 1B.

The Adelphi Public Health and Safety team anticipates that more groups of people will be added to the eligibility list in the coming weeks. When we learn of new eligibility for groups in our campus community, we will share the information and update this webpage. Additionally, we encourage our community to regularly check the New York State Phased Distribution of the Vaccine website for the latest eligibility information.

The process for determining your eligibility and making an appointment for a vaccination is managed by New York state.

  • Step 1: Using the New York state online eligibility forms, you can schedule an appointment and find a vaccination location near you:
    • Manhattan-based in-person faculty only: Review and complete this form.
    • People 65 and older: Review and complete this form.
    • All other eligible community members: Review and complete this form.
  • Step 2: Once you have a confirmed appointment, you will be required to complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form online to receive a submission ID.
  • Step 3: When you go to your vaccination appointment, you must bring proof of eligibility (e.g., employee ID card, letter from employer, proof of age).

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York state currently receives about 300,000 doses of the vaccine each week from the federal government. There are more than 7 million New Yorkers eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1B.

Together with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (CICU), Adelphi leadership continues to advocate for increased quantities of vaccines and increased availability to the higher education sector.

We expect that vaccinations will be administered at SUNY and community college campuses, Jones Beach State Park, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Northwell Health locations.

Adelphi was highly successful at preventing the spread of the virus among our on-campus community in Fall 2020. (Our positive rate remained well below 3 percent.) We should all continue to follow established health and safety protocols—washing your hands, wearing your face mask and maintaining social distance.

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