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Dear Adelphi Colleagues,

As we work to understand what the months ahead will look like for each of us, I’d like to share the latest information we have regarding COVID-19 vaccination protocols for employees in higher education.

According to New York state’s phased distribution of the vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has advanced New York into Phase 1B. However, the state has shared that the supply of vaccines received from the federal government falls shy of the 4.2 million needed for those eligible under Phases 1A and 1B.

To address this, the state has prioritized certain groups of individuals until additional vaccine allocations are secured for New York.

As of today, Monday, January 11, 2021, the following campus groups are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination:

  • 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 75 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

If you are one of the eligible community members listed above, review and complete the appropriate state form below for your vaccination:

  • Manhattan-based in-person faculty only: Review and complete this form.
  • All other eligible community members: Review and complete this form.

As the vaccine supply increases, additional categories of essential workers, including additional faculty and staff in higher education, will be added to Phase 1B eligibility in the coming weeks. The state estimates a timeline for vaccination of all those eligible in Phases 1A and 1B to be 14 weeks.

Adelphi’s leaders will continue to work with The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York (CICU) and our government and public health officials to press for timely vaccinations of all our faculty and staff. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to provide updates as the vaccine becomes available to additional community members.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email


Gene Palma
Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Vice President

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