SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. announced the end of the SUNY Emergency COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate yesterday.
A COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be required for students who attend any of SUNY’s 64 campuses across the state. This will be effective for summer courses, which will coincide with the official end of the national public health emergency by the Biden administration on Monday.
“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,” said SUNY Chancellor King. “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 will continue to strongly encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, this encouragement is consistent with SUNY on other viruses including influenza and mpox. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations.
A recommendation by the SUNY Public Health Expert Advisory Committee led to the decision. The committee is made up of physicians and experts in infectious disease, public health, and neuroscience.