CUIMC COVID-19 Vaccine Champions

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.

Please note that COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all University students, faculty, and staff—this includes officers of instruction, officers of research, officers of the libraries, student officers, officers of administration, union and non-union support staff. Additional details about how to upload vaccine documentation can be found in these Vaccine Documentation Upload Instructions and the CUIMC Vaccination Attestation Tutorial. For more information, please see FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination

How to Schedule an Appointment

Individuals age 5 and older can get vaccinated. Those eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule their appointments at any of the NYC or NYS public vaccination sites. For scheduling at Columbia-operated vaccine sites, see instructions below.

Columbia-Operated Vaccine Sites

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination has expanded to 5 years and older.

The University is currently operating six locations that provide vaccinations to Columbia affiliates, five of which can offer vaccine to their family members, as well as to other patients.

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.

Students at CUIMC can make appointments through the CUIMC Student Health on Haven portal.

All appointments are subject to vaccine availability. Walk in appointments may also be available.

CUIMC and ColumbiaDoctors locations appointments can be made via or through your Connect account (if you use ColumbiaDoctors providers). The locations include:

  • Manhattan
    • Black Building at 650 W. 168th St.
    • 51 W. 51 St.
    • 2702 Broadway
  • Suffern
    • 26 Indian Rock Road
  • White Plains
    • 15 N. Broadway

All of the Columbia-operated sites will offer the specific vaccines based on availability. Other locations throughout the tri-state area are offering the vaccine and proof of vaccination status from those locations will be accepted.

All New York City sites currently do not require appointments. Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Finder or call one of these numbers: For New York City, dial (877) VAX- 4NYC (1-877-829-4692); for elsewhere in New York State, dial (833) NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Vaccination Updates and Announcements

Community Outreach

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and wellness of our local community remained a top priority. Columbia University Irving Medical Center has partnered with community leaders, physicians, and community-based organizations to ensure that our community continues to receive the best care available. 

Supporting Access: When The Armory vaccination site opened, we directly booked appointments for community members who did 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. 

Partnering with Community and Faith-Based Leaders: CUIMC collaborated with 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.

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

Advocacy Campaigns: Several faculty and staff members representing Columbia University Irving Medical Center participated in videos produced to encourage their fellow New Yorkers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their stories, captured in 30- to 60-second videos, were broadcast on major networks as part of “Roll Up Your Sleeves NY,” a COVID-19 public education campaign spearheaded by the New York State Vaccine Equity Task Force. 

Leveraging Social Media: The #IGottheShot social media campaign featured testimonials from NYP employees on why they chose to get vaccinated. We grew 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 through 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.

CUIMC Vaccine Committee

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

CUIMC Vaccine Champion Program

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

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