COVID-19 Vaccine Exemptions for Resident Students
Resident students may request an exemption from the residential COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are NOT automatically granted. If you are granted an exemption, you will be required to follow the guidelines for unvaccinated residential students (see below).
The COVID-19 vaccination exemption request forms are available on the Student Health Services website. Outcomes of requests will be communicated to you by secure messaging through the Wolfie Health Portal . Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by you if you are 18 years of age or older, or a parent or guardian if you are under the age of 18.
The deadline to submit a request for a medical or religious exemption is August 1, 2021 .
If you are requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical reasons, you are required to submit a statement from a licensed healthcare provider such as a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant identifying the medical contraindication and the time period for which the exemption is being requested. The document must be signed by the licensed healthcare provider and include the provider’s contact information.
Student Health Services medical staff will review exemption requests in the same manner as they do for other immunization exemption requests. Medical exemptions are reviewed annually.
Reasons for a medical exemption include:
- Documented history of severe allergic reaction to a component of each currently available COVID-19 vaccine.
- Documented history of severe or immediate-type hypersensitivity allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, and separate contraindication to other available formulations.
- Receiving immunosuppressive (weakens the immune system) treatment and advised by a medical provider to defer vaccination until a future date.
Examples of conditions that are NOT considered for a medical exemption include:
- History of COVID-19 infection or positive antibody screen is not considered a substitute for vaccination.
- History of severe allergic reactions to foods, latex, pets, insects, and environmental triggers.
- Fear of needles.
- History of vaccine side effects or general avoidance of vaccines.
If you hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination, you may request exemption from the vaccination requirement by submitting a written statement on the COVID-19 Religious Exemption Request Form to the Wolfie Health Portal by August 1, 2021 .
In your statement, please explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with your sincere religious belief or practice. Student Health Services medical staff will review exemption requests in the same manner as they do for other immunization exemption requests.
Guidelines for Students Living on Campus who are Approved for an Exemption of the Vaccination Requirement:
If you are granted an exemption, you will still be able to live in on-campus housing; however, you are required to follow the guidelines for unvaccinated residential students:
Unvaccinated residential students are required to:
- Participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing twice a week .
- Maintain six feet of physical distance and wear a mask at all times when indoors except when in their residence hall room, suite, or apartment; or when eating meals on campus while seated.
Stony Brook University reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment.
Students with exemptions who fail to abide by Stony Brook’s COVID-19 Pandemic Health & Safety Policy will be subject to the student conduct process and possible removal from housing.
It is the responsibility of the student to schedule and complete testing twice weekly as long as they remain unvaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated (less than two weeks post-completion of vaccination or vaccination series). It is also the responsibility of the student to notify Student Health Services if their vaccination status has changed.
If you have any questions about the exemption process, please contact Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740.