Effective this September, SUNY and CUNY schools will require in-person students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a news conference Monday in New York City.
The governor said he is encouraging private colleges to follow suit.
"Let’s make a global statement: you cannot go back to school in September unless you have the vaccine," the governor said.
As of Monday, about 60% of adults 18 and older in New York have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The governor noted that vaccine demand has gone down in recent weeks, however he says that New York is not alone in facing that issue.
The governor also announced Monday that, going forward, New York residency requirements will be waived for the vaccine.
Meanwhile, New York's positivity rate stands at 1.4%. For perspective, that number was 7.9% in January - and the governor says the positivity rate has declined 58% in the last month. Hospitalizations have dropped 49% in the past month.
On Monday, outdoor gathering limits will increase to 500 starting on Monday in New York State. Meanwhile, amid the New York Islanders clinching a spot in the playoffs, the governor announced ticketing rules for home games at the Nassau Coliseum. Fifty percent of ticket sales will be reserved for vaccinated fans, and 50% for those who are unvaccinated. People in the former category will be distanced three feet apart, while the former would be distanced six feet apart.
Masking will be required for all.