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UAlbany’s Vaccination Requirements 

The University encourages all campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you for putting the public health and well-being of our entire community first.

Effective 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 2021-2022 Academic Year. 

Any student who has not yet received any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should be aware of these deadlines: 

  • Monday, August 30, 2021: If seeking a religious, medical or fully remote vaccination exemption, file all required paperwork by this date. Review instructions for requesting an exemption.

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021: Obtain your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by this date. 

  • Friday, September 3, 2021: Upload documentation of having received this dose to the Student Health Portal by this date. Review upload instructions.

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021: If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, obtain your second dose by this date. (If you received the J&J vaccine, no action is needed.) 

  • Friday, October 1, 2021: Upload documentation of having received a second dose to the Student Health Portal by this date. (If you received the J&J vaccine, no action is needed.) Review upload instructions.

SUNY’s vaccination mandate went into immediate effect when the FDA gave final approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021. This means vaccination is mandatory for all students who will physically come to any UAlbany campus or facility for any reason during the 2021-2022 Academic Year, unless they receive a UAlbany-approved exemption. 

Students may receive any of the World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccines to meet the SUNY requirement. Schedule a vaccination appointment.

The University is no longer accepting requests for Medical or Religious Exemptions.  Please review the instructions below for applying for a fully remote exemption. 

Watch a video about the vaccine. Review UAlbany's basic safety protocols for additional information on how to avoid contracting COVID-19.

 

 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination or an Exemption Request

Fully Vaccinated Students — at least 14 days from the last dose

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot. 

Students who submitted proof of vaccination through another UAlbany portal — including the Student COVID Documentation Portal and the Employee Portal — must still verify and/or upload their immunization record on the Student Health Portal.  

New York State and New York City are sharing COVID-19 immunization records with UAlbany. However, if you have received your COVID-19 vaccination, you still must verify that your immunization record has been received and processed by UAlbany. 

  1. Log into the Student Health Portal.  

  2. Select “My Profile,” then “Immun. History.” 

  3. Verify your COVID-19 immunization record has been received and processed. 

If your COVID-19 immunization record does not appear in the Student Health Portal, you must upload proof of vaccination to that portal. 

  1. Log into the Student Health Portal.

  2. Select “Document Upload.” 

  3. Under Document Type, select “COVID Vaccinations.” 

  4. Upload a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination card. Note: The file must be a JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, BMP or GIF. Screenshots of the Excelsior Pass will not be accepted. 

Once you upload your COVID-19 immunization record, it may take several days to be reflected in the Student Health Portal. 

Partially Vaccinated Students — not yet at least 14 days from the last dose

You are partially vaccinated if you have not yet received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or at least two weeks have not yet passed since your final shot. 

New York State and New York City are sharing COVID-19 immunization records with UAlbany. However, you must verify that your partial immunization record has been received and processed by UAlbany. 

  1. Log into the Student Health Portal.  

  2. Select “My Profile,” then “Immun. History.” 

  3. Verify your COVID-19 immunization record has been received and processed. 

If your partial COVID-19 immunization record does not appear in the Student Health Portal, you must upload proof of partial vaccination to that portal. 

  1. Log into the Student Health Portal

  2. Select “Document Upload.” 

  3. Under Document Type, select “COVID Vaccinations.” 

  4. Upload a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination card. Note: The file must be a JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, BMP or GIF. Screenshots of the Excelsior Pass will not be accepted. 

Once you upload your partial immunization record, it may take several days to be reflected in the Student Health Portal. 

Once you are fully vaccinated, you must submit updated vaccination information (see instructions for fully vaccinated students above). Failure to complete the vaccination cycle and submit proof of full vaccination will be grounds for removal from campus housing and/or other sanctions. 

Unvaccinated Students — no doses yet

Students who do not want to receive the vaccine cannot request remote coursework outside of courses currently offered online, and instructors cannot make such arrangements.  

SUNY’s tuition and fee refund policy will be in effect for any student who is required to be vaccinated but who refuses to do so. Please review UAlbany’s Financial Liability information for more details. 

Students who fail to meet the SUNY vaccination requirements outlined above will not be allowed on any UAlbany campus or building for any reason — including to take classes, use UAlbany facilities or services, or participate in any UAlbany activity — during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. 
 

Get vaccinated as soon as possible 

Anyone studying, living or working in New York can 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. 

If you are not in New York this summer, visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you. 
 

Apply for a vaccination exemption 

The University is no longer accepting requests for Medical or Religious Exemptions. The deadline to request a religious exemption was Monday, August 30, 2021, for off-campus students and Monday, July 26, 2021, for residential students.

  • Fully Remote Exemption Requests: Online students who will not come to any UAlbany campus for any reason during the Fall 2021 Semester can complete and submit a Fully Remote Student Exemption Form online. 

Employees

Employees who are fully vaccinated may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination to UAlbany.  

You are fully vaccinated if you have received all required doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot.  

All employees, regardless of vaccination status, must adhere to the University's mask mandate.

Employees who choose not to submit proof of vaccination will need to follow the guidelines for the unvaccinated, including symptom monitoring, distancing and weekly surveillance testing. 

Acceptable documentation for proof of vaccination include: 

  • A photo of the front side of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card 

  • A photo or screenshot of your NYS Excelsior Pass QR code (Note: Please ensure you have the most updated pass, which shows an expiration date one year from the date of your last shot.) 

To submit your documentation online: 

  1. Log into Peoplesoft using your UAlbany NetID and password. 

  2. Complete all required fields (Document type, Vaccine Brand, Date of final dose). 

  3. Upload your proof of vaccination. 

  4. Click “Submit.” 

Within a few days, you will receive an email from [email protected] indicating whether your submission was approved or denied. Please continue participating in weekly surveillance testing and other safety protocols until you receive approval. 

You may also submit a copy of your documentation via the drop box located outside the Human Resources office (UAB 300). This process may take longer to receive approval, as staff members must manually input the required information. 

RF employees who are unable to submit online should contact [email protected] for additional options. 

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must adhere to the University's mask mandate.

Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated, or who has not yet submitted proof of vaccination, must follow UAlbany’s other health and safety guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, including but not limited to: 

  • Submitting a negative result from PCR or antigen-based COVID-19 test taken in the five days before arriving on campus as a student (see pre-arrival testing instructions)

  • Completing a Daily Employee Health Screening as an employee

  • Remaining physically distanced from others, whenever possible 

  • Participating in weekly surveillance testing 

  • Entering precautionary quarantine, when directed, after having contact with a COVID-19 positive individual 

  • Being prepared to possibly leave campus and return home should UAlbany experience a significant COVID-19 outbreak or spike, or if you test positive for COVID-19

Fully vaccinated individuals whose proof of vaccination has been received and processed by UAlbany do not have to follow those protocols. 

 

Get Vaccinated

Anyone aged 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State.   

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

UAlbany Vaccination Clinics

The University at Albany is partnering with Lincoln Pharmacy, an Albany provider, to make it convenient to get vaccinated for COVID-19 on the Uptown Campus.

A clinic offering first or second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in Campus Center 116.

Register for the clinic using Lincoln Pharmacy’s intake form.

If you have received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine (but still need your second), and it has been 25 or more days since your first dose, you may register for the clinic to receive the appropriate second dose.

If you have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine (but still need your second), and it has been 18 or more days since your first dose, you may register for the clinics to receive the appropriate second dose. 

Individuals who receive a first vaccine dose at the clinic can return to Campus Center 116 between 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 14 to receive their second dose, or they can go to another location of their choosing. Those planning to receive the second dose at the September 14 clinic on campus do not need to register separately for the second date.

If you have any questions, please call UAlbany's COVID-19 hotline (518-442-2683) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

State-run Vaccination Sites

Anyone studying, living or working in New York can 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.

There are two state-run vaccination sites in the Capital Region:

  • Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, Albany County

  • Queensbury Aviation Mall in Queensbury, Warren County

Note: The state-run vaccination site on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus has been moved to Crossgates Mall. Review public transit options from campus.

Albany County Clinics

The Albany County Department of Health offer regular clinics in the city of Albany and its surrounding communities. Visit the Albany County Department of Health website to see clinic dates and locations, and to sign up.

Review public transit options from campus.

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.

Review public transit options from campus.

Not in the Capital Region? Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

You can also call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 to get help in English, Spanish and more than 150 other languages, or via a TTY line.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Where can I get more information about vaccine safety?

The vaccines are safe and very effective. The FDA granted emergency approval for use to all three vaccines available in the United States and gave final approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021.

Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about the importance of the vaccine and to dispel any myths you may have heard.

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. 

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

  2. Proof of New York State residency, if not verified by your license or passport, or your academic credentials (UAlbany ID card)

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

  4. Documentation of employment or health condition, if applicable

  5. Your vaccination appointment confirmation and any related paperwork

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

No. Vaccine doses 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 the second dose to have the full immunization of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The second dose is given about three weeks later for Pfizer and four weeks later for Moderna.

You only need one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.