Vaccination Requirement Update

August 23, 2021

Dear UAlbany Student, 

Effective today, Monday, August 23, 2021, all UAlbany students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate is in effect for any UAlbany student coming to any UAlbany campus or facility for any reason during the 2021-22 academic year, and went into effect upon the FDA granting final approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine earlier today.  

Any UAlbany student who has not yet received at least the first dose of a vaccine must do the following: 

If you choose to receive the one-dose, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine:

  • You have until Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to receive the one-dose vaccination. You must upload proof of this vaccination to the Student Health Portal no later than Friday, September 3. 

If you choose to receive a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna): 

  • You must receive your first dose no later than Tuesday, August 31, 2021. You must upload proof of this partial vaccination to the Student Health Portal no later than Friday, September 3, 2021. 

  • You have until Tuesday, September 28, 2021, to receive the second dose. Once your second dose is complete, you must upload proof to the Student Health Portal no later than Friday, October 1, 2021. 

Any of the three above vaccines currently available in the U.S. (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna) or any World Health Organization approved vaccine will meet the SUNY/UAlbany vaccination requirement. UAlbany community members can register for a vaccine at any site and are responsible for scheduling their own appointments.

Information about vaccination sites is available on the Vaccinate UAlbany webpage. Additionally, UAlbany is partnering with Lincoln Pharmacy to offer a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, August 25, 1-3 p.m., in Campus Center 116. You may register for this clinic using Lincoln Pharmacy’s intake form

Any UAlbany student who has a legitimate and documentable medical or religious reason why they cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine has until Monday, August 30, 2021, to submit a vaccine exemption request to the University by utilizing the medical, religious or fully remote exemption requests forms available on the Vaccinate UAlbany webpage. Students whose exemption request is denied will have five calendar days after receiving the exemption denial to receive their first vaccine dose and upload documentation to the Student Health Portal.     

No remote learning options are available for students who do not want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of any courses already offered remotely. Students may not request a change in course modality to avoid receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, and faculty may not accommodate such requests received. In addition, students should be aware that the SUNY tuition and fee refund policy remains in effect for any student who refuses to receive a vaccine and is not approved for an exemption. 

Students who fail to meet the SUNY vaccination requirement or have not been approved for an exemption will not be allowed on any UAlbany campus or building for any reason and will be deregistered from classes.

For further questions or concerns, or for additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines, where to obtain a vaccine and the consequences of not meeting this vaccine mandate, please review the Vaccinate UAlbany webpage.

Sincerely,     

Carol H. Kim          
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michael N. Christakis
Vice President for Student Affairs