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SUNY Cortland President advising students to get booster over break rather than here


SUNY is not yet mandating COVID boosters for students, but here in Cortland, President Erik Bitterbaum sent a message advising students to schedule an appointment over break rather than trying to get one here on their return.

Officials are still evaluating in-person classes and events for the spring semester.

Dear students,

I am reaching out to you in admiration and appreciation at the conclusion of another semester.

We are gradually returning to a sense of normalcy at SUNY Cortland, with in-person classes and internships, club meetings and events and even a Cortaca Jug football game. This is thanks to your efforts in receiving COVID-19 vaccines, attending surveillance testing and wearing face coverings.

On behalf of all the faculty and staff, I thank you for helping to make this university a safe place.

I do want to share a reminder about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. SUNY system has not yet mandated boosters, but you should know that this is under consideration and is a very real possibility. If this becomes a requirement, the university will share this news with you.

I strongly encourage you to get your COVID-19 booster during the winter break. New York state’s COVID-19 vaccine website has information on how to schedule an appointment at a state-run site or other locations.

I wish you success through your final exams and I sincerely hope you enjoy a relaxing and restful winter break with your friends and family.

All the best,

Erik J. Bitterbaum


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