Vaccinate UAlbany

The University at Albany encourages all campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. Please help keep yourself and our community safe.

Learn more about the vaccine


All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State.

Check your current vaccine eligibility using the state's Am I Eligible? app.

Note: UAlbany students and employees can go to any vaccine site and are responsible for registering themselves for a vaccination appointment.


Closed Vaccination Sites on UAlbany’s Campus

For eligible UAlbany students and employees only

When Albany County receives its allocation of vaccines, county public health officials make provisions to get the shots out the door and to eligible recipients as soon as possible. Appointments are required and walk-ups cannot be accommodated.

Because UAlbany planned ahead and set aside the space to stage a closed point of dispensing (CPOD) on its campus, the county has started to schedule small on-campus clinics reserved for members of the UAlbany community.

The first CPOD was held at UAlbany on March 18, 2021, with about 500 doses administered to eligible UAlbany and Russell Sage College employees. That group will receive their second dose inside SEFCU Arena on April 15.

UAlbany will continue to hold CPODS when instructed by Albany County. Sign-up information will be sent directly to eligible students, faculty and staff members’ accounts.


State Vaccination Site on UAlbany’s Campus

For anyone eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

The Northwest Gold parking lot / Northwest Resident Student parking lot on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus is serving as a state-run, walk-through vaccination site. Appointments are required.

Use the state's Am I Eligible? app or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to request an appointment.

Only those with an appointment can access the walk-through vaccination site. Individuals who drive to the site park their cars in the Northwest Gold lot but must get out to receive a vaccine inside the tent.

The site is run by the New York State Department of Health. Please contact the state hotline, listed above, with any questions.

Note: For more information on the state-run testing and vaccination sites being hosted on UAlbany's campus, please visit our COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Sites at UAlbany page.


Other Vaccination Sites in the Capital Region

For anyone eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

UAlbany community members can register for a vaccine at any site in New York State and are responsible for scheduling their own appointments.

You may wish to pre-register through the Capital Region Vaccine Equity Collaborative to receive notifications of local clinics when they are scheduled.

Additional State-run Sites

There are two additional state-run vaccination sites in the Capital Region: one at the Washington Avenue Armory in the city of Albany and another at Queensbury Aviation Mall in Queensbury, NY.

Use the state's Am I Eligible? app or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to request an appointment at any state-run site.

Albany County Clinics

The Albany County Department of Health offer regular clinics at the Times Union Center and/or the Albany Capital Center in the city of Albany.

Pre-register through the Capital Region Vaccine Equity Collaborative

Visit the Albany County Department of Health website to see clinic dates and to sign up.

Local Pharmacies

Many local pharmacies are also administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Use VaccineFinder to find local pharmacies who have vaccines in stock and to make an appointment.

VaccineFinder is updated daily, operated by Boston Children's Hospital and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Digital Service.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized and approved for use by the FDA. The vaccines are safe and very effective. There may be some minor side effects, but these are signs that your body’s immune response and the vaccine are both working. The vaccine is also safe for people with underlying health conditions. You are more likely to become ill without the vaccine.

Is the University requiring students and/or employees get the vaccine?

At this time, the University is highly encouraging all campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible.

What do I need to bring to my vaccination appointment?
  • A valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

  • Proof of New York State residency, if not verified by your ID card

  • Health insurance card, if you have one (not required)

  • Documentation of employment or health condition, if applicable

  • Your vaccination appointment confirmation and any related paperwork

If you are being vaccinated at a closed vaccination site on a UAlbany campus (see above for details), you must also bring your UAlbany ID card.

Do I need to pay for the vaccine or have health insurance?

No. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to the American people at no cost.

If you have health insurance, you may be asked to provide that information, but having insurance is not a requirement.

How do I schedule my second dose?

Your second dose will be scheduled at your first appointment and the brand of your first dose will be the brand of your second.

You need an initial dose and a booster dose to have the full effect of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The booster dose is given about three weeks later for Pfizer and four weeks later for Moderna.

You only need one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Visit the CDC’s website for more FAQs on vaccinations.


Post-Vaccination Health & Safety

You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final shot.

All members of the UAlbany community — even if they are fully vaccinated — are required to adhere to all campus health and safety rules, including wearing a mask, remaining physically distanced, regularly washing your hands and avoiding medium to large gatherings.

All students and employees who are coming to any of UAlbany’s campuses must also continue to participate in our weekly surveillance testing program, regardless of their vaccination status.

The vaccines currently available help prevent recipients from becoming seriously ill with or dying from COVID-19 but do not prevent a recipient from contracting, carrying or passing on the virus. Therefore, receiving the vaccine does not exempt students, employees or visitors from UAlbany’s health and safety requirements.