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Vaccines / Testing and Mask Mandates / Contact Tracing


Updated 9/15/21



Current law allows for limited medical exemptions with reasonable accommodations for vaccines. The following link outlines exemption criteria and instructions:  

medical exemption form

Please go to the Vaccine FAQ webpage to find out more about current religious exemption guidelines as they apply to certain University employees and students who fall under the NYS Department of Health (DOH) vaccine mandate.

Vaccine PODs on Campus

The Student Activities Center has opened up a new vaccine point of distribution (POD) site for students. Johnson & Johnson, and a limited supply of Pfizer, vaccines are also available at that location now for employees. Learn more at the Student Health Service website.

Appointments are also available at our vaccination sites located in the Innovation & Discovery Building (IDC) in Stony Brook’s Research and Development Park. Currently, the site is open from 8 am to 6:15 pm, seven days a week, with a daily limited number of walk-in appointments available. Learn more and schedule an appointment here.

Information for Students

  • On August 23, 2021 the FDA fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, which puts into effect the NYS and SUNY COVID vaccine requirement for all students enrolled in at least one in-person class. Per New York State policy, all SUNY students who are enrolled in at least one in-person class OR use an in-person campus service or facility are now required to submit proof of their COVID vaccination.
  • No remote learning options are available for students who do not want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, outside of any courses already offered remotely that have available seats. Students may not request a change in course modality to avoid receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, and faculty may not accommodate such requests received.
  • All students (except those who are approved for a limited exemption) are required to provide proof of their COVID vaccination to the Wolfie Health Portal no later than Friday, September 24 in order to remain enrolled in in-person fall classes. This requirement also applies to all students who come to campus for an on-campus job, internship, or research activities.
  • To date, 89% of all Stony Brook students enrolled in at least one in-person class have submitted proof of their COVID vaccination.
  • Our Student Affairs team will continue to follow-up with students to ensure 100% compliance, as this is an important health and safety measure for our campus community.
  • Students who have any questions should email Callers may speak with a Student Support Team member 631-632-7320.

Information for Faculty and Staff on West Campus, and Non-Patient-Facing Staff at HSC and RSOM

Faculty and staff on West Campus, and non-patient-facing staff at HSC and RSOM must be vaccinated or subject to weekly mandatory testing, in accordance with the NYS mandatory vaccine requirement.

  • Fully vaccinated employees who have shared their vaccination status with us have been notified of their monthly COVID-19 Surveillance testing schedule.
  • Unvaccinated/Unknown Status Employees: Mandatory weekly surveillance testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shared their vaccinated status with us.
  • As of August 19, 68% of these employees have reported in SOLAR that they are vaccinated.

Information for employees of Stony Brook Medicine:

  • As of August 27, almost 73% of these employees have submitted proof of being fully vaccinated. Efforts to collect vaccine status data are continuing.


See the Stronger Together links below for the latest information on health screening and testing. You’ll find the monthly testing schedule for fully vaccinated employees who have reported their status in SOLAR. And you’ll notice our testing sites are now open five days a week:

When it comes to masking, please remember …

All faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear face coverings while inside University and Hospital buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as SBU buses and shuttles. It also includes the Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Towers, offices in Flowerfield, Tech Park, Ronkonkoma and Commack, and administrative areas within outpatient facilities and physician practices. Face coverings are not required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas, within personal offices or in non-public-facing personal workstations. If a co-worker comes into your personal office space, however, you are required to put on a mask. Masks are not required outdoors.


Find the latest information on contact tracing here.



The "Stronger Together" poster, pictured below, is available to download and display in communal work areas. This sign is also posted at each Stony Brook University building entrance. 

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