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SUNY students must get COVID-19 vaccine after FDA approves Pfizer shot

Now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, State University of New York will require all students on-campus to get the shot. The news comes as concerns about the delta variant on college campuses ramps up.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said Monday after the FDA approval that any student attending or enrolled in in-person learning must be vaccinated. The Board of Trustees authorized the policy, which will take effect immediately.

There is a 35 day grace period for students who are not vaccinated to get their shots, but exemptions will only be made on a case-by-case basis.

“Upon expiration of this grace period, any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will either be unenrolled, or may revert to fully remote instruction if that is an available option based on the student’s course of study and is otherwise permitted by the campus, and will no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services,” the policy reads.