COVID-19 Vaccination Information: Information and guidance for the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the Spring of 2022 is as follows:
- All SUNY students with any on-campus presence must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the Spring 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 within the past 5 months and one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past 2 months.
- On December 31st, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that all SUNY and CUNY students returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester, would be required to receive their booster shot if eligible, by February 1st, 2022. Once students become eligible after that date, then they will be required to receive the booster as well. This applies to all students who will have an on-campus presence of any type this semester.
- 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.
- Eligibility for the Booster is as follows:
- 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 email@example.com. 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/or COVID-19 Booster and if approval occurs, existing MMR vaccine exemption protocols will be followed. Completed forms can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions or concerns about exemptions can also be sent to email@example.com. If you are accepted after January 13th, 2022, you will need to submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination directly to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you can attend your enrolled in-person classes at the start of the Spring Semester.
Masks Guidance based on Vaccination Status:
- At this time, all students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to continue to wear masks in shared, indoor spaces (e.g. all academic buildings, dining halls except while eating, residential halls/common areas) on campus and should, where practicable, continue to observe social distancing.
Testing Guidance based on Vaccination Status:
- Students that have received the COVID-19 booster shot and those students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are not yet eligible for the booster based on the date of their second shot, are exempt from weekly testing.
- Students who have a campus presence, that have are on an approved exemption from the vaccination and have not received the booster but are eligible for it, 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 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.
- 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 or COVID-19 Vaccine Booster. Students requesting considerations for a medical exemption form (pdf) the vaccination requirements must submit a completed medical exemption form, 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 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Such a statement should explain how receiving the COVID-19 Vaccination or COVID-19 Vaccination Booster 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/booster are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required too:
- Comply with the mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once weekly.
- Maintain six feet of social distancing and wear a mask at all times the student is indoors (except when in their private residential space or personal space or when eating meals on campus while and seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced).