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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Students

Per New York State policy, all SUNY students are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster or have an approved exemption.

The deadline for new students to submit proof of their primary vaccination series for Spring 2022 is January 12, 2022.

The deadline for new and returning students to submit proof of their booster shot (unless they are not yet eligible or have an approved exemption) is February 1, 2022.

Vaccine Booster Requirement

All students currently eligible to be boosted must provide evidence of receiving a booster by February 1, 2022.

Students who become eligible after the first day of classes must provide proof of booster within 15 days of eligibility. Documentation of the booster must be provided through the health portal (see instructions on how to submit proof of booster).

Who is eligible for a booster?

Individuals 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

Individuals 18 years+ who received the Moderna vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose.

The CDC notes that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 booster vaccines) are preferred in most situations.

Please note that booster eligibility is subject to the latest CDC guidance and may change.

What if I recently had COVID-19? Can I still get the booster?

Yes. You are eligible for a COVID booster after you have had COVID-19, as soon as you have completed isolation and have fully recovered from the illness.

However, if you received passive antibody therapy (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) as part of your treatment for COVID then you should wait 90 days after that treatment to get a vaccine because the antibodies can interfere with vaccine response. If this applies to you, you must submit a medical exemption form.

Students who cannot obtain a booster before returning to campus may schedule an appointment at our on-campus booster clinic on January 31. Limited appointment slots are available.

Vaccinated students seeking an exemption from the booster requirement must apply by January 26, 2022.

Spring 2022 Guidelines for New Students

The information below is for new students and those who did not attend in-person classes in the fall. 

All Spring 2022 SUNY Geneseo students must complete the primary vaccine series for COVID-19 or have an approved exception by January 12, 2022 in order to attend classes in person and participate in on-campus activities in the spring, according to SUNY mandate. In addition, all new and returning students must submit proof of a booster shot (unless they are not yet eligible or have an approved exemption) by February 1, 2022.

New students must satisfy the following requirements no later than January 12, 2022: 

  • You must have received all required doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine
  • At least two weeks need to have passed since your final shot BEFORE you can arrive on campus. No later than January 12, 2022.
  • You must have submitted proof of vaccination to your SUNY Geneseo health portal under "Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information." 

New students must satisfy the following requirement: 

New students who are eligible to be boosted must submit proof of COVID-19 booster shot (see submission instructions) by February 1, 2022 or apply for an an exception by January 26, 2022. Students who become eligible after the first day of classes must provide proof of booster within 15 days of eligibility. 

Is vaccination required for students who've recently had COVID-19?

Yes. You are eligible for a primary COVID vaccination after you have had COVID-19, as soon as you have completed isolation and have fully recovered from the illness.

However, if you received passive antibody therapy (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) as part of your treatment for COVID then you should wait 90 days after that treatment to get a vaccine because the antibodies can interfere with vaccine response. If this applies to you, you must submit a medical exemption form.

How do I know if I'm eligible to get the booster?

Individuals 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

Individuals 18 years+ who received the Moderna vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose.

The CDC notes that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 booster vaccines) are preferred in most situations.

Please note that booster eligibility is subject to the latest CDC guidance and may change.

What if I recently had COVID-19? Am I able to get the booster?

Yes. You are eligible for a COVID booster after you have had COVID-19, as soon as you have completed isolation and have fully recovered from the illness.

However, if you received passive antibody therapy (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) as part of your treatment for COVID then you should wait 90 days after that treatment to get a vaccine because the antibodies can interfere with vaccine response. If this applies to you, you must submit a medical exemption form.

Submit Proof of Primary Vaccination

Once you have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, you will need to submit proof to Health & Counseling by January 12, 2022. If you fail to submit your vaccine info by the deadline or have an approved exception, you will be considered unvaccinated.

Submit Proof of Booster

Once you have completed the COVID-19 booster, you will need to submit proof to Health & Counseling by February 1, 2022. If you are eligible for a booster but fail to submit your booster info by the deadline or have an approved exception, you will be considered unvaccinated.

Please contact health@geneseo.edu with any questions.

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