Spring Semester Update: Booster Requirement

January 3, 2022

Dear Great Dane,

As announced by Governor Kathy Hochul on December 31, all UAlbany students coming to any UAlbany campus or facility during the Spring 2022 semester for any reason are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster as soon as they are eligible, and must provide proof to the University.  

This mandate applies to all students regardless of whether they live on or off campus. The only students exempt from this requirement are those who were previously approved by the University for a medical or religious vaccination exemption, or were approved for a new fully remote vaccination exemption for the spring semester. 

Booster doses are widely available at New York State-run vaccination sites (which can be found on the New York State Department of Health website), doctors’ offices and most pharmacies. The NYS DOH site also includes detailed information about when you become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster. For most people, it is six months after their last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after their only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Some important points to remember: 

  • Students who are currently eligible for a booster must receive the shot and upload proof at least 48 hours before their arrival on campus for the Spring 2022 semester, or by January 15 at the latest. 

  • Students who are not yet medically eligible to receive a booster will be required to receive one and submit proof to the University within seven days of becoming eligible. 

  • Full instructions for uploading proof of the booster, as well as other information about Spring 2022 pre-arrival instructions, can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website

  • Receipt of a booster does not release students from the requirement to upload a negative COVID-19 test result to the University prior to returning for the Spring 2022 semester. More information about the testing requirement is on the pre-arrival testing section of University’s COVID-19 website. 

  • Information specifically for students who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 is available on the website

Failure to abide by either the pre-arrival testing or booster requirement will result in a loss of access to campus housing (for those living on campus) and possibly de-registration from classes. Please be advised there will be no releases from campus housing agreements or charges for noncompliance. 

Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you for a safe and healthy Spring 2022 semester. 

Sincerely,

Kevin C. Wilcox
Associate Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance
Campus COVID-19 Safety Officer