Do students, faculty and staff need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to live/work/study on UB’s campuses?

At this time, COVID-19 vaccinations are not yet required for students, faculty or staff. However, the university strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccination after they are deemed eligible by state guidelines. UB’s first priority is the health and safety of our entire university community, and the vaccine is an important and very effective tool to help the stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Any future or additional information about vaccine requirements will be determined by NYS and SUNY, and then communicated to the campus by UB.

Quarantine No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated Persons or Persons who have Recovered from COVID-19 Infection

The university will follow Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated persons or persons who have recovered from COVID-19 infection.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks (14 days) after receiving the full vaccine series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. An individual who is considered fully vaccinated may be exempt from quarantine for up to 90 days (see ECDOH guidance). ECDOH contact tracers added vaccination status questions to their case investigation scripts, and will confirm how vaccination may affect quarantine when speaking with close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

If a person received the full vaccine series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and is (1) exposed to an individual who tested COVID-19 positive or (2) traveled to a U.S. state other than those contiguous to New York and remains asymptomatic, that person will not need to quarantine under the criteria specified on the ECDOH COVID-19 web site.

Additionally, a person who recovered from a COVID-19 infection and remains asymptomatic will not need to quarantine under the criteria specified on the ECDOH COVID-19 web site

Updated March 25, 2021

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