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Helpful Information on Vaccinations

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Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations as a member of the MSM Community

MSM Vaccination News Update

News on May 17 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:


68.8% of the community members currently in our Envoy screening system are vaccinated – way to go, MSM!  We know that quite a few students are waiting until they return home to start the vaccination process – if you are one of them please get started ASAP so you can have a great summer and be ready to go in the fall!


Policy Update

Governor Cuomo announced today that he has lifted mask requirements for vaccinated persons in most settings in New York State.  Manhattan School of Music is reviewing New York State’s decision.  As I noted last week, we will continue to enforce a mask policy for all community members on campus at least through the end of this week.  Congratulations to everyone at MSM who protected themselves and our community by wearing a mask for all these months!


News on May 13 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:

Dear MSM Community:

There was breaking news today that CDC has just stated that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors except in certain, very limited, situations. While this is very exciting, New York State still has an indoor mask mandate in place which supersedes the CDC guidance.

For practical reasons, even if New York issues new guidance in the next week, MSM’s current masking and distancing policies will remain in place for the remainder of the academic year through May 21. 


News on May 10, 2021 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:

MSM’s vaccination rate is now over 60% for community members who regularly come to campus (faculty, staff and Track A students).  Thanks to everyone who got that done and send proof to COVID Response at covidresponse@msmnyc.edu. Students remember, you are eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate if you send in proof of full vaccination by May 31, 2021.

News on May 6, 2021 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:

Mount Sinai is now accepting vaccine appointments from any eligible member of the public. If you are 16 or over and live, work, or study in New York State, you can register for a vaccine appointment and select a date, time, and location on our vaccine appointments page.

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for everyone, whether or not you have insurance. Although your insurance information is requested, you will not be charged for the vaccine.


News for the week of May 1, 2021 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:


The vaccination rate of MSM’s on campus community in Spring 2021 has now just above 50%!

Thanks to everyone who sent in proof of vaccination!  Students, anyone who has turned in proof of vaccination to covidresponse@msmnyc.edu by May 21, 2021 will be entered into a lottery for a $100 Amazon gift certificate (This includes any students who have already turned in their proof).

Updated Guidance:

The CDC no longer recommends wearing face masks outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, except in certain crowded circumstances and settings.


News for the week of April 19, 2021 from MSM Dean of Students Monica Christensen:


For those of you who have not started the process of getting vaccinated, here is another option. MSM Trustee Bebe Neuwirth, who shared this information with President Gandre, assured him that EVERYONE in the arts is welcome to take advantage of this option —

A message from The Actors Fund:

The Actors Fund is proud to support members of the performing arts and entertainment community in ongoing vaccination efforts in New York City.

The Actors Fund can now help schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at ATC’s Broadway Vaccination Site <https://actorsfund.org/BroadwayVaccination> (ATC Vaccination Times Square, located at 47th Street & 7th Avenue), for members of the performing arts & entertainment community who are working, living or attending school in New York City.

Please call 917-281-5937 or email vaccines@actorsfund.org<mailto:vaccines@actorsfund.org> with your name & phone number to speak with someone who can then help you schedule an appointment. When you get your vaccine, feel free to share on social media using #BwayVax #NYCVaccineForAll and #IGotTheShotNYC.

Individuals can also make appointments at vaccine sites throughout the city at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov<https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/> or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).


News for the week of April 12:

Vaccine Update:

Reminder: we are asking that community members who are fully vaccinated send a photograph of your vaccine card to Covidresponse@msmnyc.edu.

New Request: Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to send in photographs of getting the vaccine or a “band-aid photo” following vaccination to communications@msmnyc.edu


Remember! Even if you’re vaccinated, all of MSM’s current COVID-19 protocols must remain in place through to the end of the semester.

This includes:

  • Continued use of masks (double masks strongly recommended);
  • Continuing to practice physical distancing (12 feet/4 meters when singing, dancing, or playing a brass/woodwind instrument; 6 feet/2 meters at all other times);
  • Continued rules regarding room reservations and time limits in rooms;
  • Continued participation in MSM’s random testing program;
  •  Continued hygiene practices including hand washing, avoiding frequent touching of your face, and, most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.