UB requires you to meet certain health-related requirements.
6/8/22: UB students should upload vaccine documentation to their medical record via Health Services' patient portal. Students who have previously submitted their immunization records via fax, mail or email should not complete the new patient portal-based process. Your records are being reviewed in the order they were received using an alternative data entry process. Be sure to check your HUB account often, and call our office if your holds haven’t been removed after 10 business days.
All incoming students must provide an official record in English of their measles, mumps and rubella immunity, COVID-19 primary vaccination & booster and meet the meningitis information requirement. Course registration is blocked until the requirements are fulfilled.
In addition, new and continuing students in health-related professions must meet additional requirements, as noted below.
Continuing as a UB Student?
We encourage you to read the requirements and directions carefully to avoid errors that may lead to delays in class registration.
Students who are taking fully remote courses can choose to submit a waiver form for MMR and Meningitis, as well as an exemption request form for COVID-19 each semester that they remain a fully remote learner. The waiver enables us to future-date your health holds through the last day of drop/add for that semester. To permanently remove the health holds, please submit proof of MMR immunity and COVID-19 vaccination.
All students must provide documentation of their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunity, , COVID-19 primary vaccination & booster and meet the meningitis information requirement. Health-related profession students (also known as Health Majors) must also fulfill the requirements listed in the Health Majors tab.
All students living on-campus and/or attending classes at UB are required to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Exemption requests for medical or religious reasons will be reviewed. Students who are remote only can apply for a per-semester exemption.
All UB students are required to submit proof of primary vaccination and booster against COVID-19.
Students must submit documentation of their primary vaccination against COVID-19 and must obtain a booster and submit documentation within one week of becoming time 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’ time eligibility is defined as:
Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccine series listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization must obtain a booster 5 months after their most recent dose. Pfizer and Moderna are recommended for use as a booster. Students who completed a WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccine series, and then got a WHO-EUL vaccine as a booster should not repeat the booster dose according to the CDC. For example, if you received 2 Covishield doses, a third dose of Covishield would be accepted as a booster.
All UB student residents and student advisers living in residence halls and university-owned apartments are required to be have completed a primary vaccination and obtained booster prior to move in to their assigned, on-campus residence. Students who have an approved religious or medical exemption are allowed to move into their assigned, on-campus residence. Students who have an approved remote exemption from COVID-19 vaccination/booster are not allowed to live in on-campus housing. Approved remote 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, 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.
Exemption requests for medical or religious reasons will be reviewed. Students who are fully remote learners can apply for a per-semester exemption.
To learn more about types of exemptions and for the applicable exemption request forms, use the links below:
Please use one of the following methods to submit your records:
• Send your forms as soon as possible to facilitate class registration
• Do not return the forms to International Admissions
Once your immunization records have been received, processed, reviewed and deemed compliant with requirements, your health holds will be removed; this will be reflected in your HUB Student Center in real time. This usually occurs 5-7 business days after we receive your compliant records (although it can take a few extra business days during the 3 months prior to the start of a semester).
Students will not be individually contacted to confirm receipt of records. Please check the HUB system for the current status of your holds.
If your paperwork is not in compliance, you will receive an electronic message from Health Services. This message is sent to the student’s @buffalo.edu email address.
Please contact us only if you have a hold on your account for a prolonged period of time after submitting your records/forms:
Please allow 10 business days for Health Services to process your records and update UB Learns.
Current students can print out their immunization history by using the patient portal.
Former students must complete the Authorization to Release or Obtain Medical Records form and return it to Health Services via fax or mail.
Please note: It takes several weeks for our staff to manually enter student immunization data into this system. For this reason, the patient portal immunization history may not be up to date for all students, especially first year students.
Health and immunization records submitted to or generated by Health Services are held on file for 7 years from the date of submission.
Consent is required from students 18 years old and over, before Health Services can release any medical information to another person.
If other individuals or agencies have provided confidential information to Health Services, you cannot use the authorization form to re-release this information. For copies of medical records that came from another individual or agency, please contact that original individual or agency directly.