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Friday, May 19, 2023

From the Vice President for Student Affairs

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2023

Reminder about Removal of SUNY COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

SUNY announced the end of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on April 11, 2023. This means that students are no longer required to have the COVID-19 vaccine to attend Buffalo State; however, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to stay current on vaccine boosters.

Other immunization requirements still exist. NYS Public Health Law Section 2165 and NYCRR Title 10, Subpart 66-2, require students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are attending postsecondary institutions and are registered for 6 or more credit hours to demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. Public Health Law Section 2165 provides for medical and religious exemptions to immunization.

NYS Public Health Law Section 2167 requires postsecondary institutions to distribute, on a form provided or approved by the NYS Commissioner of Health, written information about meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal immunization to each student who is enrolled for at least 6 semester hours. This section also requires all such students to certify that they have already received immunization against meningococcal meningitis or that they have received and reviewed the information provided by the institution, understand the risks of meningococcal meningitis and the benefits of immunization, and have decided not to obtain the meningococcal vaccine. This health form is in the admission packet.

If you have any questions about immunizations or requirements, please contact the Weigel Health Center, (716) 878-6711.