Campus Communications

All campus communications concerning the Spring 2021 Plan have been distributed to students, faculty, and staff via email and are available on this webpage. Future communications will be added to this webpage as they become available


April 13, 2021

Dear SUNY Poly Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Earlier today, we learned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have recommended a pause in providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare side effects. It should also be noted that according to the FDA, individuals that have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than a month ago are at very low risk to the reported adverse events.

With all New Yorkers who are above the age of 16 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, including students, we wanted to let you know that New York State and SUNY are following these recommendations and out of an abundance of caution pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

We also wanted to share with you this statement from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as well as the statement below from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras:

“SUNY is following the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Department of Health to immediately pause, out of an abundance of caution, administering the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. We are working with New York State to locate and receive alternative COVID-19 vaccines for our students. We urge all students with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to contact their campus or vaccination site because alternatives have already been found in some instances.

Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students. We encourage any student who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is experiencing any health effects such as headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination to contact their campus or healthcare provider.

While we must not slow down the process of protecting our students from the COVID-19 virus, we must also do all we can to ensure their safety and health every step of the way. We will keep our campus communities informed as more information becomes available.”

While we pause providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we still know that COVID-19 is a serious threat to us and our community and that these recommendations do not affect the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Because of this, we encourage anyone who is not yet vaccinated to visit covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov at your earliest convenience to learn more about your options.

We are extremely grateful for our SUNY Poly community’s perseverance as we all navigate this pandemic. We will continue to provide any information that may be helpful as we move forward together.

Sincerely,

The Office of Student Affairs
SUNY Polytechnic Institute


Vaccine Update - Johnson & Johnson (pdf) - April 13, 2021
Albany Student Vaccination Eligibility (pdf) - April 8, 2021
Utica Student Vaccination Eligibility - Update Message (pdf) - April 8, 2021
Student Vaccination Eligibility (pdf) - April 7, 2021
Telecommuting Update Message (pdf) - April 1, 2021
Paid Time Off for Vaccinations (pdf) - March 18, 2021
Albany Campus - Albany Testing Location Update (pdf) - March 3, 2021
Albany Campus - Weekend Closing Schedule of NFE Rotunda Entrances (pdf) - February 4, 2021
Utica Campus - Welcome Back Letter to Students (pdf) - February 3, 2021
Albany Campus - Student Pooled Testing Update (pdf) - January 31, 2021
Albany Campus - Employee Pooled Testing Date Change (pdf) - January 31, 2021
Utica Campus - Student Reminders for Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 27, 2021
Albany Campus - Student Reminders for Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 27, 2021
Utica Campus - Building Access (pdf) - January 21, 2021
Spring 2021 Update Message and Resources for the Semester (pdf) - January 20, 2021
Utica Campus - Employee Testing for Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 20, 2021
Albany Campus - Employee Testing for Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 20, 2021
Utica Campus - Return to Campus Letter Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 19, 2021
Albany Campus - Return to Campus Letter Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 19, 2021
Parent Re-Opening Letter on Spring 2021 (pdf) - January 19, 2021
Message from the Office of Student Affairs on the Spring 2021 Semester (pdf) - January 15, 2021
Albany Campus - Testing Message (pdf) - January 7, 2021
Telecommuting Update Message (pdf) - December 28, 2020

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