Vaccination Update for Students

July 8, 2021

Dear Great Dane,

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our campus community has controlled the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the larger community. Now, we are looking forward to a more traditional fall semester with in-person learning, social activities, and the vibrant campus life we know at the University at Albany.

However, we can’t achieve that vision without you. In May, we advised students that vaccination would be a critical piece of your return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. We are again writing to encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Visit NYS Vaccines or to find a vaccination site near you. Getting vaccinated is a safe and effective means to helping stop this virus.

Just as important, fully vaccinated students will be exempt from most UAlbany COVID-19 protocols for the Fall 2021 semester such as providing a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving on campus, weekly surveillance testing, wearing a mask in most places on campus, and being placed into isolation as a result of contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, while unvaccinated students will continue to be subject to these requirements.

  • Is the vaccine mandatory? Read our May message to students.
  • When am I considered fully vaccinated? You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) and two-weeks following the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With University move-in during the week of August 16, schedule your vaccination appointment ASAP so that your second dose is no later than the first week in August.
  • Do you still have questions or are you on the fence about the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about the importance of the vaccine and to dispel any myths you may have heard.
  • Are you an international student? Visit the CDC’s website and New York State Department of Health Guidance to learn more about the vaccines available abroad and accepted in New York State.

Please take care of yourself this summer and check your UAlbany email regularly, as we will continue to update you as plans are finalized from New York State and SUNY.


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

Michael N. Christakis
Vice President for Student Affairs