Vaccination Information

Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Information: Information and guidance for the COVID-19 vaccination requirements are as follows: 

  • All SUNY students with any on-campus presence must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the Fall of 2022 Semester, per SUNY's Vaccine Policy that was released in the Fall of 2021, after the Pfizer vaccine was FDA approved. This means that students must have received both doses of the Moderna vaccine or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • Upon release of SUNY's Summer and Fall of 2022 COVID-19 Guidance, once students become eligible to receive the booster, they are highly encouraged to do so in order to remain up-to-date with their vaccinations. Although this is not required at this time, SUNY reserves the authority to impose this as a requirement if location conditions change and/or requirements are imposed by Federal, State, or local authorities. Also, if a student is enrolled in any program, course, or clinical site/internship (at a third-party location) they must continue to comply with their health and safety guidelines, including any additional vaccination or testing requirement.  
    • Eligibility for the Booster is as follows:
      • Moderna - Five months from the date of your last dose.
      • Pfizer - Five months from the date of your last dose.
      • J&J - Two months for the date of your only dose.
  • Students can submit Proof of Vaccination or Proof of being Boosted via the Health Portal document upload tab (COVID-19 Vaccine Card Type) or by emailing a picture of their vaccine card or immunization record to covid19@alfredstate.edu. Click here for more information on How to Access your Health Portal.
  • All incoming students may apply for a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and if approval occurs, existing MMR vaccine exemption protocols will be followed. Completed forms can be sent to exemptions@alfredstate.edu. Any questions or concerns about exemptions can also be sent to exemptions@alfredstate.edu

Masks Guidance based on Vaccination Status: 

  • At this time, masks are optional for our campus and monitored based on local conditions. If you would like to have access to a KN-95, for personal protection, please contact Health and Wellness Services at (607) 587-4200 and one can be provided.

Testing Guidance based on Vaccination Status:

  • Students that have received the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from weekly testing.
  • Students who have a campus presence, and are on an approved medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to test weekly. 
  • Surveillance testing will take place for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Those who have had a positive test within the past 90-days will be exempt from any testing until the conclusion of a 90-day period from their positive test.
  • Alfred State will use a combination of antigen (rapid) and PCR testing for our students.

Exemption Information

Medical Exemptions: 

  • Students may be exempt from the vaccination requirement if a licensed healthcare provider certifies in writing that the student has a medical contradiction to the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Students requesting considerations for a medical exemption form (pdf) from the vaccination requirements must submit a completed medical exemption form, including the above-mentioned certification to exemptions@alfredstate.edu.
  • Requests for medical exemptions must contain the certification of a licensed healthcare provider, sufficient information for Alfred State Health and Wellness Service's staff to understand the medical basis for the exemption, and contact information for the healthcare provider. Alfred State Health and Wellness Service's staff will review exemption requests in the same manner as it considers requests for medical exemptions from previous MMR immunization requirements. 

Religious Exemptions: 

  • Students who hold genuine and sincere beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may petition for exemption from the vaccination requirement by submitting the religious exemption form (pdf) to exemptions@alfredstate.edu.
  • Such a statement should explain how receiving the COVID-19 Vaccination conflicts with the student's sincere religious belief or practice. Health and Wellness Staff in partnership with the Center for Equity and Inclusion will review exemption requests in the same manner as it considers requests for religious exemptions from previous MMR immunization requirements. 

Students granted a medical or religious exemption will be subjected to certain restrictions and COVID-19 testing responsibilities as set forth in this policy.

Obligations of Students Exempted from Vaccination Requirements: Students who are granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required to:

  • Comply with the mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once weekly.