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NY Post
New York Post
25 Mar 2023


NextImg:City Council members demand CUNY lift COVID vaccine mandate

A bipartisan group of City Council members is demanding CUNY join much of the rest of society by rescinding its requirement that students taking in-person and hybrid courses be vaccinated for COVID-19.

“We believe it is past time CUNY follow most other major institutions and lift the vaccine mandate for students,” wrote the Council’s eight-member Common Sense Caucus in a letter Thursday to CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez.

“Doing so would ensure that every student would be able to attend classes on campuses across this city and help return the CUNY community to pre-COVID normalcy.”

The letter notes that while CUNY vaccination requirements remain active, the city last month rescinded an order previously requiring all municipal staffers and most city contractors be jabbed.

That followed earlier liftings of COVID-19 vaccine mandates by the city Health Department, including for private employers, childcare providers and visitors to city public schools.

CUNY requires students to get the jab.
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Students at Hunter College.

CUNY spokesman Joseph Tirella said the public university system continues to “listen to the advice of city, state and federal health officials on COVID-19.”
Helayne Seidman

“At almost every level of government, vaccine mandates, COVID restrictions and states of emergency across the country have been removed,” added the Council members, which include Joann Ariola (R-Queens), Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) and Robert Holden (D-Queens).

When asked about the letter, CUNY spokesman Joseph Tirella said the public university system continues to “listen to the advice of city, state and federal health officials on COVID-19, and any changes to our vaccine policy will not impact this semester.”