SUNY Student Vaccine Requirement Goes Into Effect At JCC


JAMESTOWN, NY – The State University of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement has officially gone into effect for students attending in-person courses at Jamestown Community College following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23.

According to SUNY policy, students who have yet to receive the vaccination will now have a 35-day grace period, beginning on Aug. 23, to provide proof of a full vaccination series — either one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) or two doses of a two-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) — or submit requests for an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.

Requests must be submitted and approved prior to the end of the 35-day grace period.

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 depending on the student’s course of study.

Students will also no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services, the policy notes.

“As has been the case from the very start, we are confident our students will continue to do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their campus community,” said Kirk Young, JCC’s vice president of Student Affairs. “We welcome the FDA approval and are now yet another step closer to beating this virus and ensuring our campuses provide a safe learning environment for all our students.”

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the college previously announced that face masks are required in all campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated students who have received a medical or religious exemption will also have to participate in weekly pool testing and continue to practice social distancing.

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