COVID-19 boosters for UB employees

Published November 18, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

With COVID-19 vaccine booster shots now widely available, we are writing to provide information specific to UB employees.

While COVID-19 cases are rising in the area, UB’s strong adherence to a comprehensive set of health and safety measures greatly reduces the risk of infection on campus. However, data shows that protection afforded by the vaccines does decrease over time. Therefore, to ensure the long-term safety of our campus community, we strongly urge all those able to do so to obtain a booster shot at their earliest opportunity. Receiving a booster can augment immunity to a level even higher than initially following full vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has authorized boosters for many adults, including:

  • Those who received the initial one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.
  • Those who received the second Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months ago and work or live in certain settings. This would qualify those who work or live on campus, among others.

The CDC may soon expand its recommendations even more broadly.

UB offers booster shots at clinics on the university’s North, South and Downtown campuses. Shots are also available at the New York State vaccination site in Harriman Hall on UB’s South Campus. You can also receive a booster at various local pharmacies, health departments, clinics and other locations. Visit, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. For additional details, check UB’s COVID-19 website [no longer available]. 

As the semester continues, the weather turns and many of us plan to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, it is critical that we do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us, both on campus and off.

Thank you, and stay safe.



A. Scott Weber
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michael E. Cain, M.D.
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences