University reduces test frequency and suspends recall requirement for 2022-23 academic year

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In an April 7 announcement to the Cornell community, Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman, and Provost Michael Kotlikoff provided updates regarding the University COVID vaccination requirements, among changes to surveillance testing policy.

The presidents noted that for the 2022-2023 academic year, full vaccination will be required for students and employees. However, Cornell will no longer require booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The University cited the shift to a longer-term strategy for managing COVID-19 as the reason for lifting that requirement, noting that booster doses are still strongly recommended and may be needed in the future.

In addition to the updated vaccination requirements, the University has released changes to surveillance testing that will take effect April 11, under which only one weekly test will be required for people who have not obtained full vaccination status. This is a relaxation from the twice-weekly requirement that remained in place for those not fully vaccinated and boosted.

The University noted that regular tests, additional tests as well as rapid test kits will remain available at all Cornell test sites.

Cornell moved to the green alert level after a significant increase in cases in March that followed a relaxation of the masking policy, with 177 asset case as of April 7. 92% of the student population and 93% of employees are fully vaccinated with a booster.

Individuals can stay up to date on their recall eligibility through CDC guidelines. Tompkins County has Published notice regarding the availability of a second booster injection for specific age groups as well as third and fourth injections for severely immunocompromised individuals.

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