Important Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and CU Travel Policy

April 08, 2021

Dear Columbia Community,

We are pleased to inform you of several recent significant changes with respect to vaccine availability and the University travel policy.

COVID Vaccine Availability

Effective April 6th all persons age 16 and over who reside, work or attend colleges/universities in New York State are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine supply is still limited and subject to distribution from the city and state. While Columbia is endeavoring to make sure we are able to offer the vaccine to our affiliates, it may be many weeks before the supply meets the demand. Please avail yourselves of the city locations and state locations to find sites and make appointments.

There are several ways to make an appointment at Columbia-related locations; all options are on-line as noted below.  Our supply is limited and appointments are released periodically, so check these on-line scheduling options often:

  • Morningside campus appointments at Lerner Hall can be made through Columbia Health. Booking an appointment can be done via the scheduling section of the Columbia Health Patient Portal.  All appointments are considered tentative and subject to vaccine availability. A limited day-of waiting list can be joined by emailing your name and phone number to [email protected].
  • CUIMC and other locations appointments can be made via or through your Connect account (if you use ColumbiaDoctors providers).  The locations include: the Armory at 169th and Fort Washington Avenue and 650 W 168th Street.  As of 4/13 appointments will also be available at 51 W 51 Street, and on 4/20, at 2702 Broadway.

We also encourage you to check the website for updates.

Summer 2021 Travel Policy

Effective June 1, there are a number of changes to our current travel policy which can be found here:

  • Domestic personal travel for faculty, staff and students will require only that persons traveling follow NYS guidance. 
  • International personal travel for faculty, staff and students remains unchanged. We continue to urge the postponement of international personal travel unless returning to a home country for personal and/or medical emergencies.
  • Domestic Columbia-related travel for faculty and staff requires following NYS guidance and guidance issued by the state or states to which you are traveling.  For students, the dean or administrative head must approve such travel.
  • International Columbia-related travel for faculty, staff and graduate students requires various approvals based on whether you are traveling to a Level 1/2 or Level 3/4 country. Many countries require an additional, more extensive approval process, which is outlined on the “Summer Travel Restrictions” table. International Columbia-related undergraduate student travel remains suspended.


Gerry Rosberg, Senior Executive Vice President

Donna Lynne, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CUIMC, and University COVID Director