Last updated: March 17, 2021
UB strongly supports New York State’s vaccination program and the need for members of the university and Western New York community to get vaccinated in order to protect our region against COVID-19.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UB has worked closely with state and county public health officials to consistently promote the public health measures of social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing and staying home when sick as the best methods for keeping people healthy and safe.
Now UB is adding vaccination to the public health measures that it is promoting to help ensure the safety of the UB and Western New York communities.
Experts on New York State's independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force thoroughly review all vaccine research before recommending a vaccine to New Yorkers.
Decades of research show that vaccines prevent disease. An overwhelming number of studies also show that they are safe and effective. The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history.
Vaccination is underway for high-risk priority population groups. Western New Yorkers who are more likely to be exposed to the virus, and who are more likely to become seriously ill if they get COVID-19, will be offered the vaccine first.
The federal government and New York State have developed plans to ensure that everyone will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available, at no cost, no matter where you live.
Talk to your health care provider about your vaccine eligibility and when you can anticipate receiving the vaccine.
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? UB experts have answers.
You need to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene for the foreseeable future, even after you receive a vaccine.
Experts need more time to understand the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on mask use.
Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Protect yourself, your loved ones and your community by following the most recent advice from the Centers for Disease Control to prevent infection and spread of COVID-19.
The University at Buffalo is working to protect the health and safety of the Western New York community while remaining focused on our academic, research and community service mission.