Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new measures aimed at raising the vaccination rate among New York's "youthful and doubtful" population. That includes vaccinations for SUNY and CUNY students if the shots receive federal approval.
During his daily briefing, Cuomo said the SUNY and CUNY schools will require vaccinations for students coming back in the fall. The governor later clarified that vaccinations would only be mandated for students attending in-person classes if the shots receive FDA approval before the beginning of the fall semester.
Gov. Cuomo also urged private schools to require vaccinations. Some already have made such announcements, including Cornell, University of Rochester, RIT and Syracuse University.
Over the weekend, Cuomo announced 48.4% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with more than 16 million doses administered so far.
The Finger Lakes region now has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the state at 2.72% with Western New York close behind at 2.43%. The rest of the state is considerably lower with the Southern Tier at just 0.65%.