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Student Vaccine Mandate: FDA Issues Full Approval for Pfizer Vaccine

Monday, August 23, 2021

The FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer/ Comirnaty vaccine as of today, Monday, August 23. Over the summer, we notified you that when the FDA fully authorized one of the COVID vaccines, all students at SUNY campuses would be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to have a physical presence on campus. The authority for this requirement comes from the State University of New York (SUNY) policy, coupled with the New York State mandate issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

So, what does that mean for you now?

If you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • If you have already submitted your vaccination records to the Davis Health Center, you’re all set!
  • If you haven’t done so, please submit them by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27 by uploading them into the Medicat Health Portal

If you’re PARTIALLY vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • If you have already received one COVID-19 shot and are awaiting the second one, please make sure you get your second shot and submit your full vaccination records before September 27 into the Medicat Health Portal.

If you are NOT currently vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • If you are living on campus, taking in-person classes, or using any in-person campus services (the Fitness Center, the Southworth Library Learning Commons, dining facilities, tutoring, etc.), you are now required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  We have built in a grace period to allow you to begin this process, if you are not already vaccinated, which means you must be fully vaccinated within thirty-five (35) days, which is by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27.  Please upload your vaccine records into the Medicat Health Portal.
  • If you do not receive your full vaccination and provide the requisite documentation showing that you have completed your vaccination by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27, you will be immediately suspended from the campus, will be required to complete your studies online/remote, and will NOT receive any refunds for housing, meals, or tuition. You will be restricted from entering the campus for any reason until that suspension is lifted in writing by the Vice President for Student Affairs.  This suspension means you would not be able to live on campus, take in-person classes, or receive in-person services.
  • And there’s good news!  SUNY Canton is hosting a Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine clinic, in conjunction with St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health, right here on campus in Dana Hall Gymnasium on August 31st from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • If you wish to provide documentation to support a medical or religious exemption for us to consider, please email the Davis Health Center at healthcenter@canton.edu for the applicable forms and more information. Please note that all exemption requests will be reviewed and you will be notified of the determination, and that the exemption is not official until you have received confirmation in writing of that decision from the Davis Health Center. If you are provided an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still be required to attend weekly campus COVID-19 testing, wear a face-covering at all times other than in personal spaces, and may be required to immediately leave the campus if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs. You will be provided information about this if you are provided an exemption.