Dear Seawolf Families,

The following message was recently sent to students:

As you may already know, Governor Cuomo has announced that students at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall. If you are enrolled in at least one in-person class or visit campus for any reason, including conducting research; working on campus; participating in athletic practices; or visiting the library, academic buildings or other campus facilities, this requirement also applies to you. 

Although this requirement is contingent on final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a COVID-19 vaccine, we anticipate that the FDA will formally take up approval of a COVID-19 vaccine soon. 

To avoid any disruption and to promote a healthy campus environment, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, and ideally before arriving on campus this fall. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to complete your vaccination series -- one dose of Johnson & Johnson, or the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, two weeks prior to your arrival to campus for the start of the fall semester.  For most students, that date is between August 1-9, depending upon the date you move into the residence halls or commute to campus for your first class.  Fall classes begin on Monday, August 23.

If you have already been vaccinated, please submit your vaccination record TODAY through the Student Health Services Medicat portal using this link. For instructions on how to upload your vaccination record, please review this tutorial

If you are an international student currently residing outside of the United States and either do not have access to one of the three approved vaccines in the United States -- Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer -- or you have received a different vaccine, we will provide you with additional guidance soon.  We will offer COVID-19 vaccines upon arrival at Stony Brook if you do not have access to a vaccine prior to your travels to the United States.

At this time, Stony Brook does not have specific guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding possible exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirements. While we anticipate that these exemptions will follow a similar process for other mandatory vaccines such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), we expect any exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be limited and will require proper documentation. 

Once on campus this fall, as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure a safe campus environment, we will conduct COVID-19 surveillance testing in accordance with New York State guidelines in effect at that time.  Frequent COVID testing will be required of students who are not vaccinated.

We will provide more direction on the vaccine requirement as soon as it is made available by SUNY and New York State.  In the interim, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to get vaccinated. 

Thank you for your patience given this evolving situation.  We will send you additional updates in the coming weeks.  I look forward to welcoming you in-person this fall!  


Rick Gatteau, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs

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