COVID-19 Immunization Requirements

SUNY requires you to meet a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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What Is Required?

All UB students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to register for and attend classes in person.

*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 January 31, 2022. If you are not yet eligible to receive a booster by January 31, you must obtain your booster and submit your documentation within one week of becoming eligible

The SUNY requirement recognizes vaccines that have been authorized/approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccine series listed for emergency use or fully approved by the FDA must obtain a booster based on the following:

  • 2 months after receiving a Janssen (J&J) vaccine
  • 5 months after receving a Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose series

Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccine series listed for emergency use by the WHO must obtain a booster of Pfizer 5 months after their most recent dose.

All UB student residents and student advisers living in residence halls and university-owned apartments are required to be fully vaccinated upon move in to their assigned, on-campus residence. Accepted vaccines are those that have been authorized for emergency use or approved by the FDA or the WHO.

Approved online-only, medical, or religious exemptions for the New York State measles, mumps, rubella requirement will not automatically carry over to the COVID-19 vaccine. Such students need to complete the appropriate exemption request form specific to COVID-19 vaccination. Students with approved exemptions can be excluded from SUNY facilities if the campus is experiencing a high level of positive cases.

Students shall submit proof of vaccination, or the information needed to obtain a fully remote, medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement, to UB Health Services. It is preferred that the submission of this information is accomplished through the Health Services portal. Alternatively, the information may be submitted via fax 716-829-2564, in-person (drop box located outside of Michael Hall), or via USPS mail. Students will be notified of the approval or denial of their exemption requests via the Secure Messaging function of the Health Services portal.

Proof of Vaccination & Boosters: What To Submit

Proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is defined as the following:

  1. Copy of a vaccine record indicating receipt of all doses necessary to complete an FDA authorized/approved, or World Health Organization authorized SARS-CoV-2 vaccine series and record of the booster dose if eligible.
  2. Each page of the submitted documents must have student’s first name and last name, and their UB Person number.
  3. The submitted record must include the specific name of the vaccine(s) given and the date(s) of vaccination.

Please note: The Excelsior Pass is acceptable proof ONLY if all of the above information is included on ONE page; screenshots of multiple pages will not be accepted.  Select the Print option in the Excelsior Pass app for the complete document.

Please Read

We encourage you to read the requirements and directions carefully to avoid errors.

Vaccine Exemptions

Students who are granted an exemption from the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on-campus, as outlined in UB’s guidance. Students who received an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption do not need to request a new exemption for the booster requirement. Their approved exemption will automatically apply to the booster requirement. For students on approved fully remote exemptions, you do not need to reapply for the exemption to apply to the booster requirement; however, please remember to reapply per term if you remain a remote learner.

Exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement are allowed for students who are fully remote, or with appropriate documentation of a medical contraindication, or explanation of how COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with one’s religious beliefs.

Fully Remote Instruction Student Exemption

The Fully Remote Instruction Student Exemption is term-based.  A student registering for fully remote courses during a subsequent semester must submit a new “Covid-19 Vaccine Fully Remote Instruction Exemption Request Form” to Health Services.  If approved, a “COVID-19 Approved Remote EXMTN” (CVR) hold will be added to the requested semester allowing enrollment in fully remote courses for that term only.  A “Missing COVID-19 Vaccine Proof” (CVD) hold will remain on the record, preventing enrollment in future terms. 

If you are approved for a Covid-19 Vaccine Fully Remote Instruction Exemption Request, you will be automatically dropped from any classes you are registered for that have an in-person component unless you have provided documentation of complete Covid-19 vaccination.

Students registered in an online degree program are automatically excluded from the requirement and do not need to complete the request form.

Exemption Process:

Students requesting an exemption due to fully remote registration status are required to submit a completed and signed COVID-19 Vaccine Fully Remote Instruction Exemption Request Form to UB Health Services. Students must reapply for the exemption on a per semester basis. 

Medical Exemption

Students with a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination may be granted a waiver from the vaccine requirement. 

Exemption Process

Requests for medical exemption will be reviewed by the senior physician, the Infectious Disease specialist, or their designee. Only contraindications noted on any future “Vaccine Information Statement” or the current “EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients” pertaining to the relevant COVID-19 vaccine will be considered valid reasons to avoid vaccination, and contraindications to one vaccine type may not be a valid reason to avoid vaccination with all COVID-19 vaccines.

Students requesting a medical exemption are required to submit a completed COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form to UB Health Services. Students with medical conditions may wish to consult with Accessibility Resources regarding reasonable accommodations.

Students who receive approved medical or religious exemptions should be aware that some off-campus placements may have stricter vaccination requirements than the university and do not accept UB’s exemptions. In these instances, students who receive UB-approved medical or religious exemptions may not be able to complete their degree.

Religious Exemption

Students who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may be exempted from this requirement. General philosophical or moral objections to the COVID-19 vaccine will not result in approval of a religious exemption.

Exemption Process

Students requesting a religious exemption are required to submit a completed and signed COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Request Form to UB Health Services. General philosophical or moral objections to the COVID-19 vaccine will not result in approval of a religious exemption.

Students who receive approved medical or religious exemptions should be aware that some off-campus placements may have stricter vaccination requirements than the university and do not accept UB’s exemptions. In these instances, students who receive UB-approved medical or religious exemptions may not be able to complete their degree.

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