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 will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend classes in person in the fall, according to a mandate from the state.

The SUNY requirement recognizes vaccines that have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccine series listed for emergency use or fully approved by either the FDA or WHO do not need any additional doses.

  • Students who completed a vaccine series not authorized for emergency use or fully approved by either the FDA or the WHO will need to complete a series of an FDA or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. You should wait at least 28 days after the last dose of the non-authorized vaccine before starting a new authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • Students who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible. The vaccine series can be completed in the United States even if the first dose was given outside of the United States.
  • Students who received the first dose of a WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently FDA-authorized, and are unable to receive the second dose before coming to the United States will need to complete an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series after arrival in the United States. You should wait at least 28 days after the last dose of the non-FDA-authorized vaccine before receiving an FDA-authorized vaccine.

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 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 required to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 shall submit proof of vaccination, or the information needed to obtain an online-only, 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: What To Submit

The Excelsior Pass is not sufficient proof of vaccination.

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.
  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 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 Fall 2021 guidance.

Exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement are allowed for students who are fully online only, 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

Students who are enrolled in a recognized UB fully online degree program and who are enrolled in only online courses will be automatically exempt from the requirement and do not need to complete the request. A list of the approved online academic programs offered at UB can be found below.

Students who are registered for courses taught in Fully Remote Instruction Mode and will not have a physical presence at any SUNY facility, including for the purpose of using on-campus services may request an exemption to the requirement on a per semester basis. 

Exemption Process:

Students requesting an exemption due to online only 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.

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.

UB Fall Guidance - COVID-19

We understand you may have questions about how UB will be implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures this fall - including vaccination requirements. Please review the following helpful information sources:

Last updated: August 26, 2021

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