SUNY Officially Ends COVID-19 Emergency Vaccine Mandate
The announcement was made today that students will no longer need to have an updated vaccine before attending classes on a SUNY campus.
When students were able to return to classes after the heaviest onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became a mandate that every student receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That mandate will be coming to an end soon.
According to SUNY (The State University of New York), they will no longer require vaccines for students who will be attending one of their campuses as of Summer Semester of 2023.
Why is SUNY revising their guidelines about the COVID Vaccine?
According to a release, a couple factors have contributed to the new guidance. They cite higher vaccination rates, natural immunity, lower rates of infection, and generally less severe variants as reasons that the pandemic is coming to an end. As factors change, so does the guidance.
What is the new rule regarding vaccines on SUNY Campuses?
Vaccines will no longer be required to attend classes or live on campuses in the SUNY schools. However, they do add that that can change as local conditions change. They are maintaining their authority to change their policy at any time because of changes in local conditions or due to requirements imposed by Federal, State or local authorities.
"The safety of SUNY's students is our first and foremost priority, and while COVID is no longer an emergency, we will not lose sight of the impact it continues to have on us. Across SUNY we will continue to monitor cases and make adjustments as needed but even more importantly, we will look to increase the overall health and wellness support we provide our students." - SUNY Chancellor King
To see the official guidance passed down from SUNY, click here.