UB Vaccination Updates and Protocols

Spring 2022 health and safety guidelines are currently under review. Please regularly check this website for updates.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and the UB community. This page contains important information about the university's vaccination requirements and protocols.

What You Need to Know

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Frequently Asked Questions

What You Need To Know

All UB students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes in-person in the spring, according to a mandate from the state.

UB's definition of ‘fully vaccinated’:
Having received a complete series of an FDA-approved/authorized or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and an FDA-approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster when eligible.


  • Vaccination requirement. Students must be in compliance with SUNY’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the spring semester. 
    • New students to UB must submit documentation about their COVID-19 vaccination status before they are allowed to register for courses. If you have not already done so, submit proof through the UB Health Services Patient Portal.
    • Continuing students must ensure they also meet the *NEW* booster requirement. All students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to obtain a booster and submit documentation. This booster requirement must be met by Jan. 31. If you will not be eligible to receive a booster before Jan. 31, you must obtain your booster and submit your documentation within one week of becoming eligible.
      • If you received your booster dose in New York State, UB Health Services may already have received this information from the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS).
      • To view the COVID-19 vaccination information that UB Health Services currently has on file for you or to upload your documentation, go to the UB Health Services Patient Portal.
      • Noncompliance with the SUNY mandate: Students who do not comply with the COVID-19 booster requirement will be dropped or resigned from all classes with an in-person component. Please note: You are financially liable for all courses from which you are resigned due to noncompliance with the COVID-19 booster requirement. You should understand that being dropped or resigned from a course may impact financial aid, medical insurance eligibility, sequence of required courses and/or time to graduation.

Vaccine guidance for international students

  • For individuals who have received a series of a World Health Organization-authorized vaccine, a booster of a Food and Drug Administration-approved (e.g., Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory (once eligible) to be considered fully vaccinated/up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Students may qualify for an exemption due to medical reasons or religious beliefs, or if they are learning fully remotely.

Vaccine guidance for employees

  • Booster recommendations for all faculty and staff. While vaccinations are not mandated for employees, UB officials and infectious disease experts strongly urge all faculty and staff to get fully vaccinated, which now includes getting a booster as soon as medically eligible. Vaccines and boosters are the most effective defense against the coronavirus.
  • Surveillance testing requirement. State employees who do not get vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. 
  • Human Resources has provided guidance to employees on how to provide proof of vaccination.

If you live on campus

All students and advisers living in residence halls and university-owned-and-operated apartments are required to be fully vaccinated upon move in to their assigned, on-campus residence.

It is imperative that you get fully vaccinated as soon as medically eligible. Vaccines are shown to be safe and effective. They are free of charge and readily available. Full approval of several vaccines has been granted by the FDA.

Frequently Asked Questions