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Requests For Immunization Exemptions


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 twice 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: Exemptions may impact your ability to participate in specific academic programs or co-curricular activities. Please check with your program director for more information and consider this when applying for an exemption. 

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  for consideration for the Winter/Spring 2022 semesters. Note that requests submitted after December 15 that are  denied may not provide sufficient time for you to be fully vaccinated in order to attend Winter/Spring 2022 classes. 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  January 1, 2022 in order to register for and attend in-person 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. 
  • COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days that was treated with convalescent plasma or immunoglobulin.

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.

Religious Exemption Requests:

The deadline for submitting religious exemptions for the Winter/Spring 2022 semesters  has passed.  Please check back later for Summer/Fall 2022 dates to submit a request for consideration for a religious exemption. 

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: 

  • Participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing twice a week.
  • 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.

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 twice 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.