UB students will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend classes in person in the fall as part of an effort to boost vaccination rates on SUNY campuses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, April 10. The mandate for all 64 campuses in the SUNY system is pending final approval of the vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration, and will also require the approval of the SUNY Board of Trustees.The vaccines are approved for emergency authorization use only.
Requirements for SUNY faculty and staff are negotiated through the various unions that represent these employees and are not at the discretion of individual campuses. The university will continue to strongly urge that faculty and staff get vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester, because the vaccines are safe, effective and free. Vaccination is how we will end the pandemic and return to a much more normal existence on our campuses and throughout the world. We’re hopeful that the unions will also urge their members to get vaccinated.
Updated May 12, 2021