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SUNY requiring students to get COVID-19 vaccine following full FDA approval

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All SUNY colleges are now requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

With the Pfizer vaccine receiving full FDA approval on Aug. 23, the state-mandated directive for all students to be vaccinated is now in place, according to the SUNY website.

All students participating in classes in person this fall have 35 days to provide proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption.

According to the policy, students who do not get vaccinated or receive an exemption may be unenrolled from classes. The policy reads:

"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 requirement does not apply to faculty and staff, but SUNY officials are encouraging all employees to get vaccinated.

To read the full policy, click here.

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