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Job Based Eligibility

Effective Wednesday, March 10, the priority group eligibility for higher education expanded to “All Essential, In-person staff”. This includes all on-campus faculty, staff, and student workers who are currently working in-person, regardless of job title or job function. Please note this expansion does not apply to anyone who is working 100 percent remotely.

If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under job-based criteria established through the New York State COVID-19 vaccination program you will need to show evidence of your eligibility.

To obtain the required documentation, use the Cornell University COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Attestation Tool. Only active employees are eligible to access this tool. All others should contact the COVID Support Team.


Vaccine Eligibility Attestation Tool 


Age Based Eligibility

Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers 30 years and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, followed by expanded eligibility for New Yorkers 16 years and older on April 6.  Please be aware that age eligibility is limited to those who also live in New York state. Although employees may have job-based eligibility through Cornell, working in New York is not sufficient criteria at this time to receive a vaccine based upon age. Use the attestation tool above to receive a job-based eligibility letter from Cornell.


Find an Appointment

  • The CDC Vaccine Finder allows you to search for vaccination sites, including pharmacies, by location of vaccine type.
  • TurboVax finds appointments from government-run vaccine sites in the NYC area.
  • Sign up for the TCHD Vaccine Registry to be notified about appointments at the Cayuga Heath site located at the Ithaca mall.
  • There is a vaccination site in Cortland County on the SUNY Cortland campus.
  • Visit Am-I-Eligible to find openings at the multiple state-run vaccination sites including those in Corning, Binghamton and Syracuse.
  • If residing outside of NYS, go to your local Health Department website to learn more.


Proof of Vaccination

The COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Process is now available through the Daily Check and allows all faculty, staff and students to easily upload proof of vaccination (e.g., an image of your CDC vaccination card). 


How To Get Vaccinated


Employees may go to any vaccination site that has available appointments. Scheduling approaches vary by site, by county and by state. See above for a list of links.


  • Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.
  • This form can be completed online and you will receive a submission ID, or you can fill out the form at your vaccination site.  
  • You must have an appointment scheduled prior to completing the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form


  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Insurance card (there is no co-pay and no charge if you do not have medical insurance; however, insurance is being billed if you have it)
  • For job-based eligiblity bring proof of eligibility to be vaccinated in the current phase
    • Work ID badge
    • Documentation from your employer identifying your eligibility. Bring the documentation (print or electronic) that shows Cornell has determined you to be eligible in this phase.


If you do not meet the current phase eligibility

New York state is making the determination about the phased distribution of vaccine, and our understanding of the vaccination phases and distribution continues to evolve as new information becomes available from the state and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD).

We will do our best to keep the campus community updated on New York state’s progress via email and on the Cornell COVID-19 website; however, we encourage you to visit the Tompkins County Department of Health for the timeliest information. Members of the public can sign up for email updates from the Tompkins County Health Department here.


More Information

FAQs about vaccination at Cornell are available on the website.

For more information, please access information on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine What You Need to Know website and/or the Tompkins County Health Department website.

You may submit questions to the Daily Check help desk by clicking here.  Direct personal health-related questions to your primary care doctor or medical provider.