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Requests For Immunization Exemptions or Extensions

 

You may request consideration for a limited exemption from an immunization requirement for medical and/or religious reasons. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are NOT automatically granted. If you are granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be required to follow the guidelines for unvaccinated students, including participating in COVID-19 testing once per week.

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. 

Important notice for students considering an exemption request: Due to the Department of Health vaccine mandate which requires vaccines for individuals in healthcare facilities, the review of your exemption request includes consideration of the location (West Campus, East Campus/Health Sciences Center, and/or Southampton Campus) of your courses. Should you apply and be approved for an exemption to enroll in in-person classes ONLY on the West campus, and then wish to apply to or enroll in a course, program, major, minor, or other course of study at the Health Sciences Center (HSC), you must submit a supplemental review in advance of application deadlines or registration periods to the Office of Equity & Access. Approved exemption requests are subject to change based upon developing case law, emergency regulations, or other additional relevant information. A medical exemption granted by Stony Brook does not guarantee medical exemptions from external agencies that serve as clinical sites. Students are expected to abide by the regulations of individual clinical sites. Students who are not vaccinated risk loss of placements and delays or ability to complete clinical programs.

 

Medical Exemption Requests:

If you are requesting a medical exemption for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), please email vaccinations@stonybrook.edu from your Stony Brook email for further instruction. 

If you are requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical reasons, you must submit the  Medical Exemption Request Form    to the    Wolfie Health Portal   as soon as possible but no later than Monday, August 1, 2022 at 5pm EST   for consideration for the Fall 2022 semester. Note that requests submitted after August 1 that are  denied may not provide sufficient time for you to be fully vaccinated in order to attend Fall 2022 classes.   Exemptions will only be considered if they are submitted on the Stony Brook University Medical Exemption Request Form. This form includes a certification from a licensed healthcare provider such as a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant identifying the medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine. The document must be signed by the licensed healthcare provider and include the provider’s contact information. 

Reasons for considering a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Documented history of severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components. 

Examples of conditions that are NOT considered for a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine 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 (including vasovagal reaction) or general avoidance of vaccines.
  • Autoimmune conditions, being an immunocompromised individual and receiving immunosuppressive medication.
  • The medical condition of a family member or others residing in the same household as the employee.
  • Alpha-gal syndrome
  • Pregnancy, undergoing fertility treatment, intention to become pregnant or currently breastfeeding (Please note the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine all strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy).

Student Health Services will communicate decisions of medical exemptions to your Stony Brook email address within five business days of submission to the Wolfie Health Portal For any students not approved for a medical exemption, proof of full COVID vaccination is required to be submitted to the Wolfie Health Portal by Friday, August 19, 2022 in order to register for and attend in-person Fall 2022 classes. 

 

Religious Exemption Requests:

If you hold a genuine and sincere religious belief that is contrary to the COVID-19 vaccination, you may request an exemption by filling out the COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Online Form , which will be submitted to the Office of Equity & Access for review. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

New Students:

  • If you are a new student starting classes in the Summer 2022 semester, submit as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, May 2 at 5 PM EST.
  • If you are a new student starting classes in the Fall 2022 semester, submit as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, August 1 at 5 PM EST .

Returning Students:
Please submit as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, May 2 at 5pm EST for consideration for the Summer or Fall 2022 semester. 

Please note that written submissions will not be accepted;  you must use the online form for consideration.

For any students not approved for a religious exemption, proof of full COVID vaccination is required to be submitted to the Wolfie Health Portal by Friday, August 19, 2022 in order to register for and attend in-person Fall 2022 classes. 

In your statement, please explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with your sincerely held religious belief or practice. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact OEA at oea@stonybrook.edu .

The Office of Equity & Access will communicate decisions of religious exemptions to your Stony Brook email address within ten business days of submission.



What happens if I am approved for a medical or religious exemption?

If you are granted an exemption, that approval continues as long as you are an enrolled Stony Brook student. You are required to follow the guidelines for unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated students are required to p articipate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing once a week .

If you will be living on-campus, Stony Brook University reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment. 

Students with exemptions who do not abide by Stony Brook’s COVID-19 Pandemic Health & Safety Policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

It is your responsibility to schedule and complete testing weekly as long as you remain unvaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated (less than two weeks post-completion of vaccination or vaccination series). It is also your responsibility to upload proof of vaccination to the Wolfie Health Portal if your vaccination status changes.

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 will not accommodate such requests received.