Alfred State strongly encourages vaccinations for all students. *At this time, only those choosing to participate in varsity athletics and those enrolled in the nursing major MUST be vaccinated as a requirement to participate in those activities. The COVID-19 vaccine will not have received full FDA approval at the start of our fall 2021 semester. The State of New York directed that the public universities mandate COVID vaccinations for students, upon the federal government’s full approval of the vaccine.
Be aware that SUNY Policy will mandate vaccination if the FDA fully approves the COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. before spring 2022). Please note that students may apply for a medical or religious exemption if that approval occurs, and that will follow existing MMR vaccine exemption protocols.
According to the CDC; In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Masks Guidance based on Vaccination Status
Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask or socially distance on campus unless in very dense populations with mixed vaccination status. Nothing prohibits fully vaccinated individuals from continuing the use of masks. Individuals who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or who cannot show proof of vaccination must continue to wear masks in shared, indoor spaces (e.g. all academic buildings) on campus and should, where practicable, continue to observe social distancing.
Testing Guidance based on Vaccination Status
- Fully vaccinated (with proof) students are exempt from entry and regular weekly testing.
- Un-vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or students who cannot show proof of vaccination will be required to be tested weekly. The mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination.
- The college will conduct periodic surveillance testing, however, of all members of our community (including vaccinated persons)
- Those who have had a positive test will not participate in surveillance testing for 90 days from the date of their positive test. Upon conclusion of the 90 days, they will be included in regular surveillance testing per the campus plan.
- Alfred State will use a combination of antigen (rapid) and PCR testing.
Nursing Students and Student Athletes, including Club Sports participants, who meet the following criteria are eligible to move-in to their residence hall/student townhome and participate in intercollegiate athletic programs under additional guidance:
•Are in progress of being fully vaccinated (have received one dose in a two-dose series and are awaiting their second dose) AND can offer proof of having a vaccination appointment scheduled.
•Have submitted and have been approved for a COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption.
To check if your COVID-19 Vaccine is on file with the Health Center:
- Sign into your Alfred State Health Portal using your Student ID and password
- Go to the “Immunizations” tab
- From drop down, select “View History”
- If your COVID vaccines are on file and accurate, NO further action is needed.
Students may be exempt from the vaccination requirement if a licensed healthcare provider certifies in writing that the student has a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine. Students requesting consideration for a medical exemption from vaccination requirements must submit a petition for exemption, including the above-mentioned certification to email@example.com.
Requests for medical exemptions must contain the certification of a licensed healthcare provider, sufficient information for Alfred State Health and Wellness 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.
Students who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may petition for exemption from the vaccination requirement by submitting a written statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Requirement
Students who are granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required to:
- Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of the student’s move-in date.
- Comply with mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once a week.
- Maintain six feet of social distancing and wear a mask at all times the student is indoors except:
- when the student is in their private residential or personal space;
- when they are eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced.