COVID-19 Vaccine Information For CUIMC Employees and Students
COVID-19 vaccines are currently being administered at CUIMC and at the Morningside campus. All employees and students must continue to take the appropriate precautions, including masking, appropriate PPE, and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Columbia-Operated Vaccine Locations
Effective April 6, all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older can begin to schedule appointments and get vaccinated. All persons 18 or over are eligible to receive the vaccine and schedule their appointments at any of the NYC or NYS public vaccination sites, if they are NYS residents.
Note: People who are 16 or 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. To receive a vaccine at the Black Building site, those who are 16 or 17 years old must also be a ColumbiaDoctors patient.
|Lerner Hall (2920 Broadway)||Black Building (650 W. 168th St.)||The Armory (W. 169th St.)*||51 W. 51st St.||2702 Broadway|
|Faculty and Staff||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Students 18 Years and Older||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Family Members Covered by Columbia University Health Insurance||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Adolescents (16- to 17-year-olds)||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
*Please note that the Armory is now open for second doses only.
- Vaccination for the community has begun in the Wintergarden in CHONY.
- Patients or community members who are 16-17 years old whose condition may require they be vaccinated at a pediatric specific site can be scheduled at 21 Audubon Saturday clinic.
Expansion of place of residence: The place of residence that is used as a criteria for administration of the vaccine has been changed to allow any location in New York State to vaccinate any eligible resident of New York State. In addition, if Columbia is your employer and you meet the other conditions of eligibility you may get vaccinated in one of our sites with proof of employment. If you are a student attending school in New York State you can get vaccinated in our locations if you have proof of residence in New York or proof of New York college attendance.
- May 7, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- April 7, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 30, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 22, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 18, 2021: Update on Testing and Quarantine Changes for HCP
- March 17, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 15, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 10, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 8, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- March 1, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 26, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 19, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 17, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 10, 2021: Update II on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 10, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 8, 2021: Update II on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 8, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 5, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 4, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- February 1, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 29, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 27, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 25, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 20, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 19, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 15, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 14, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 13, 2021: Request for Volunteers to Support NYP Vaccination Effort
- January 13, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 11, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 9, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 8, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 7, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 6, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 5, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- January 4, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- December 30, 2020: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- December 29, 2020: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- December 28, 2020: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- December 24, 2020: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- December 23, 2020: Video Update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- December 21, 2020: CUIMC COVID-19 Vaccine Committee Update
- December 18, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
- December 9, 2020: Columbia Vaccine Policy and University Town Halls
Feb. 1, 2021
We wanted to update you on the community engagement activities that are underway at our Armory vaccination center in Washington Heights. And to those of you who have been supporting the important work being done at The Armory since its opening on January 14, whether behind the scenes or on site, you have our thanks.
Columbia Doctors, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Weill Cornell Medicine want to get as many members of our community vaccinated as quickly as possible. To make that happen, we have launched an outreach and engagement program to reach eligible Northern Manhattan residents and get them registered for appointments at our Armory vaccination center in Washington Heights. This urgent and ongoing process is being undertaken in partnership with more than 40 community-based and faith-based organizations, and many others. We are focused on providing access, overcoming hesitancy, and addressing persistent inequities that too frequently result in people not getting the care they need.
Even before the Armory site opened, Columbia Doctors, NYP, and Weill Cornell Medicine have been engaged in a robust vaccination campaign for our own health care workers. Led by work from the Dalio Center for Health Justice, an internal vaccine hesitancy campaign was launched to encourage all of our team members to get vaccinated, but in particular to speak to communities that have been harder hit by the COVID-19 epidemic whose members also are among those less likely to get vaccinated. Based on that work, when the Armory site was opened, an outreach effort was already in place, focused on reaching eligible Northern Manhattan residents and getting them registered for vaccination appointments.
On January 27, in response to a large number of individuals traveling from outside New York City to get vaccinated at the Armory, NYP announced new eligibility guidelines: 100% of new appointments at The Armory are now for New York City residents only, and a minimum of 60% of all those appointments are reserved for eligible residents of the Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem, and South Bronx communities. Since implementing these changes, more than 70% of patients being vaccinated at The Armory are now coming from these Northern Manhattan communities.
We continue to expand our outreach efforts and initiatives, as well as increase the number of bilingual staff on-site at The Armory. Please see below for more information on our work with our communities. If you know someone who can receive a vaccination at The Armory under these guidelines, please urge them to get the shot. To find information about eligibility and make vaccination appointments, visit VaccineTogetherNY.org.
Anil Rustgi, MD
Interim Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University
Steven J. Corwin, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian
Laura L. Forese, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian
Supporting Access: Since The Armory vaccination site opened, we have directly booked appointments for community members who do not have digital access by phone, in partnership with community and faith-based organizations, community-based providers and our local elected officials. We have a large team of outreach workers and schedulers who call community members to address questions about the vaccine and schedule appointments. We are also exploring opening a Spanish-only call center with one of our community partners.
Partnering with Community and Faith-Based Leaders: To date, we have reached out to over 70 community groups, senior centers and faith-based organizations to enable them to refer eligible clients for appointments. We are continuing to reach out to CBOs who can make referrals and partner with us in this way.
Working with Community Physicians: We have a series of trainings for community physicians to use a similar process so we can reach their patients, as well.
Working with Our Government Partners: We are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with our local elected leaders in Washington Heights and Inwood so that we can quickly operationalize any feedback they have about our outreach approach, and so we can support their eligible constituents who may be having trouble accessing the vaccine. Before we opened we hosted a tour to our local elected leaders and since day one have been in constant communication with them and helping them to register their constituents.
Providing Education to Combat Hesitancy: We have scheduled talks for community based organizations to help them educate their staff and clients about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have a Speakers’ Bureau of over 30 expert clinicians available who can provide culturally competent presentations at varying health literacy levels to a range of audiences. Presentations can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
Leveraging Social Media: We are continuing to build and grow the #IGottheShot social media campaign, featuring testimonials from NYP employees on why they chose to get vaccinated. Moving forward, we are looking at growing this campaign in collaboration with local community groups and community leaders.
Engaging our Communities in Various Forums: Currently, we are planning a number of other approaches to encourage our communities to get vaccinated, included but not limited to: launching a direct texting campaign; outreach though Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media groups; third party outreach and promotion of sites; an earned media campaign to promote vaccine access; and hyperlocal targeted advertising campaign to promote access to vaccinations.
Interim EVP and Dean Anil Rustgi, MD, has appointed a committee to address a range of issues related to COVID-19 vaccines. The committee, which is being co-chaired by Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, and Melissa Stockwell, MD MPH, will address the following:
- Understand and assist in the equitable distribution of vaccines in the outpatient setting for faculty, staff, and trainees who are not in frontline emergency department and inpatient clinical roles. The committee’s work will complement the work of a University-wide vaccine committee and an NYP committee, both of which include membership from CUIMC. The NYP vaccine committee is addressing vaccine distribution to frontline health care workers. Both the CUIMC and NYP committees will also address the distribution of vaccines to patients in inpatient and outpatient settings.
- Help disseminate information and identify potential educational opportunities to increase vaccine confidence among faculty, staff, and trainees.
- Prioritize clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
- Understand the ethical and mental health implications related to the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Understand the needs of the local community and potential risks related to health care disparities.
- Pursue areas that the committee identifies, including needs related to research and education.
Committee Members are:
- Lou Baptista, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Clinical Services
- Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
- Jack Cioffi, MD Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
- Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Clinical Medicine Ethics
- Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, Associate Professor, Mailman School of Public Health
- Stephen A. Ferrara, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, School of Nursing
- Regine Grandmougin, Senior Executive Director, Patient Facilitated Services and Stewardship
- Andrew Lassman, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Chief of Neuro-Oncology
- Donna Lynne, DrPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CUIMC, Chief Executive Officer ColumbiaDoctors
- James McKiernan, MD, Chair, Department of Urology
- Rudina Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD, Vice Dean for Finance and Administration
- Biana Roykh, DDS, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Dental Medicine
- Steven Shea, MD, MS, Senior Vice Dean, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in Biomedical Informatics
- Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of Infectious Diseases
- Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Family Health, Chief of Child Adolescent Health
- Olajide Williams, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology, Chief of Staff, Department of Neurology
The CUIMC Vaccine Champion program involves employees from across CUIMC schools and departments who will serve as vaccine champions and receive training from CUIMC experts in how to offer one-on-one peer conversations and support to their colleagues who have questions about the vaccine. Champions will serve as point people to their departments and arrange opportunities for in-person or virtual get-togethers with those who are contemplating whether to receive the vaccine. The goal is to provide opportunities for listening and interacting among peers and provide employees with additional resources and information as needed.
Trainers include David Buchholz, MD, senior founding medical director for Primary Care; Shauna Gunaratne, MD, instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases; Patrice Malone, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Jonathan Touson, senior director of organization effectiveness and optimization at CUIMC.
The CUIMC Vaccine Champion program workgroup includes:
- Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD
- Lourival Baptista-Neto, MD
- Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
- Regine Grandmougin, MHA
- Rudi Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD
- Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH
- Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH
- Stephen Ferrara, MD
- Olajide Williams, MD, MS
- Melissa Gerdes-Leonard — Human Resources
- Alicia Samuels, MPH — Communications
Champions can access supporting information and tools on the Vaccine Champion Resource Site.
- March 9th Vaccine Update Forum
- March 4th Community Health Workers Town Hall
- March 1st CUIMC Grand Rounds with David D. Ho, MD
- February 26th Columbia University COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium — Day 5
- February 25th Columbia University COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium — Day 4
- February 24th Columbia University COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium — Day 3
- February 23rd Columbia University COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium — Day 2
- February 22nd Columbia University COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium — Day 1
- January 29th Service Corporation Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccination Agenda
- January 27th CUIMC/NYP Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
- January 21st CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine for Women who are Pregnant or in Childbearing Years
- January 12th CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine Distribution and Planning
- January 11th CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine Distribution and Planning
- January 7th CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine for Women who are Pregnant or in Childbearing Years
- December 23rd COVID-19 CUIMC Town Hall Vaccine
- December 15th COVID-19 CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine
- December 14th COVID-19 CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine
- December 11th COVID-19 CUIMC Town Hall on Vaccine