Students at both SUNY and CUNY will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning for the fall semester, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.
Previously, NYU and Columbia University had announced that they will require students to do the same.
“No excuses,” Cuomo said, via the New York Post. “SUNY and CUNY boards will require vaccinations for all in-person students beginning this fall.
“Let’s make a global statement. You cannot go back to school in person in September unless you have a vaccine. That will be a major motivation for people to get the vaccine.”
The news comes after Cuomo announced that the state will begin reopening this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus originated from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 32.7 million confirmed cases and 581,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.