SUNY Brockport not requiring, but encouraging COVID-19 vaccination

Jennifer Ly
Created: April 08, 2021 06:30 PM

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — As more colleges and universities announce their plans for the upcoming fall year, Syracuse University just announced Thursday that beginning June 1, all students, staff and faculty are required to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Here in the Rochester region, SUNY Brockport announced this week that Brockport expects to resume face-to-face classes at pre-pandemic levels.

“As a higher education institution, we believe in educating people about the benefits of the vaccine and that’s what we’re really doing, so at this point, we’re not mandating the vaccine for the fall but we’re really encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Heidi Macpherson, President of SUNY Brockport.

In a statement issued by SUNY Brockport, the university said it “plans to offer nearly 100% of its 100 and 200 level courses (primarily designed for undergraduates) in a traditional face-to-face format.”

So far, the other surrounding Rochester area colleges have not indicated a mandatory vaccination requirement at this time but have said they are monitoring and are staying abreast of regulations and policies provided by New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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