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New York State Public Health Law

In accordance with NYS Public Health Law Section 2165, all students enrolled for at least six (6) semester hours, or the equivalent, at Suffolk County Community College, who were born on or after January 1, 1957, are required to provide acceptable written proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Department of Health.
Student Immunizations Policy

Acceptable proof of immunity consists of a Certificate of Immunization (page 2) signed and stamped by a physician or licensed health care provider which documents measles, mumps, and rubella immunity. Students must submit this certificate or equivalent to the Health Services Office on their home campus and document at least partial compliance with the immunization requirements before they will be permitted to register for classes. Partial compliance shall be defined as one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella immunization.

In addition, proof of an honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years prior to the date of application to Suffolk County Community College shall also qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend classes pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

Students who are in partial compliance will be notified by the Vice President for Student Affairs that they will be suspended from their classes if they do not fully comply with the immunization requirements within the first 30 days of the semester (45 days for students transferring from another state or country). Students who are suspended and who subsequently fail to comply with the immunization requirements will be administratively withdrawn from their classes and prevented from registering for subsequent semesters.

Immunization records shall be maintained on each campus at the Health Services Office, which shall consider such information as confidential and subject to the College Records Policy and New York State Public Health laws. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall be responsible for the completion and timely submission to the Commissioner of Health of the annual survey of immunization levels of students attending Suffolk County Community College.

Students who cannot afford a private physician will be directed to the Suffolk County Health Department for information regarding free immunization clinics. Persons may be exempt from any or all of these requirements if a physician certifies in writing that the immunizations may be detrimental to their health (refer to Medical Exemption Form). In addition, persons who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to immunization may be exempt after submitting a statement to that effect to the Dean of Student Services and to the Health Services office on their home campus (refer to Religious Exemptions below).

Should a suspected case of measles, mumps, or rubella occur on a campus, the Office of the Dean of Student Services will evaluate the case in conjunction with the County Health Department and the Health Services Office and consulting physician. While awaiting serological confirmation, immunization records will be reviewed and susceptible individuals identified. If the suspected case is confirmed, the Office of the Dean of Student Services will notify all susceptible students and staff to be immunized. Susceptible students who are unable to be immunized may be required to remain off campus until the Health Department deems it safe for such individuals to return.

This mandatory student immunization policy will be included in the college catalog and the campus student handbook.

Complying with Immunization Requirements

If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you will not be permitted to register for classes until your proof of immunization has been submitted and approved by the Health Services Office.

  1. Obtain a stamped copy of your health records from any of the following sources:
    • the Guidance Office or Health Office at your high school
    • the Health Office at your previous college
    • your family physician
    • your military health and immunization records
    • your employee health records
  2. Take the Certificate of Immunization (page 2) to your doctor or clinic for additional immunizations if any of the following apply:
    • you cannot obtain a copy of your health records for any reason (or)
    • your health records show that you received only one measles immunization (or)
    • your health records show that your immunizations were given before 1968 for measles or before 1969 for mumps or rubella
  3. Submit your health records or completed Certificate of Immunization (page 2), along with your completed Health History Form (page 3), to the Health Services Office on your home campus. If you have served in the military in the past 10 years, bring your discharge papers and your medical records (if available) as well.

Free Immunization Clinics

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services periodically offers free immunization clinics.
Call (631) 854-0333 for information and directions to: 

Suffolk County Department of Health Services
3500 Sunrise Highway – Suite 124
PO Box 9006
Great River NY 11739-9006

Free immunization clinics are also held on Suffolk's three campuses during the fall and spring enrollment periods.

Mandatory Student Immunizations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella

In accordance with NYS Public Health Law Section 2165, all students enrolled for at least six (6) semester hours, or the equivalent, at Suffolk County Community College, who were born on or after January 1, 1957, are required to provide acceptable written proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Department of Health. These standards include the following:

Measles

Two (2) vaccines after 1/1/68
(minimum of 28 days apart)
[or]
Physician-documented
history of disease
[or]
Blood titer showing immunity

Mumps

One (1) vaccine after 1/1/69

[or]
Physician-documented
history of disease
[or]
Blood titer showing immunity

Rubella

One (1) vaccine after 1/1/69

A history of having had
Rubella is not acceptable
proof of immunity.
[or]
Blood titer showing immunity

 

What's Recommended

Td Vaccine
(tetanus & diphtheria)
A booster is recommended for adults every 10 years.
Meningococcal Meningitis
(Menomune™ / Menactra™/ Menveo™)
Must have been given within the past 10 years

The Health Services Office recommends that you speak to your doctor or health care provider regarding your health concerns and the need for any additional immunizations.

The meningitis acknowledgment form is required. Refer to Meningitis Requirements.

Regarding New York State’s Mandatory Student Vaccination Expectation

Last month, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all SUNY and CUNY students taking in-person classes for the fall would be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, this requirement is contingent on a COVID-19 vaccine receiving full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At this time, there are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use only within the United States by the FDA, but the process for any of these vaccines to be granted full approval has not yet been completed. If and/or when full approval is granted by the FDA, then the vaccination requirement will go into effect. Until such time as a full FDA approval is granted to a vaccine, we will continue to urge all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to advise any student who is not vaccinated that when full FDA approval is granted, even if it is in the middle of a semester, you will be required to be vaccinated in order to continue to come onto a campus unless you have a valid medical or religious exemption.

In addition, and independent of the forthcoming policy from SUNY, students in certain programs or courses involving clinical, field, or internship placements may find that certain sites, such as healthcare settings, will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working at the site. Students in affected programs are being advised regarding these requirements as they become known to the affected programs. 

This means that Suffolk County Community College students may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at some point in the near future if/when the SUNY vaccination requirement becomes effective or as part of an external placement at a site that requires vaccination. As a result, students are strongly encouraged to complete the vaccination process as soon as possible. 

Being vaccinated serves to enhance the overall health and safety of our entire College community and includes certain benefits such as reduced frequency for participation in mandatory COVID-19 testing.  Final details on the State’s vaccine mandate are likely to include plans to accommodate certain exemptions and grace periods once there is a date by which compliance is expected.

At this time:

  • Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in New York State.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in individuals between the ages of 12 and 17.
  • The Moderna and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for use in individuals aged 18 and older.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and critical to helping us get back to normal. To determine your vaccine eligibility:

  • Use the New York State “Am I Eligible app
  • Call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
  • SUNY has developed the following resource for all students seeking to learn more at: https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax

If you have already been vaccinated, we encourage you please submit a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card via email, fax, or in person to your campus Health Services Office. When you submit your card, please be sure to include your name and student ID number with your vaccine card. You can also seek the assistance of Health Services in identifying available vaccination opportunities.

Students are reminded that the College offers a robust schedule of online class options for you to consider as you complete your educational goals.

Students with questions are encouraged to engage in further discussions with their campus Associate Deans of Student Affairs: