All students attending in-person classes at State University of New York campuses are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, a policy that was activated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the State University of New York announced Monday.

The policy allows a grace period of up to 35 days so students can provide proof of vaccination or submit a request for medical or religious exemptions for campuses to review. SUNY faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.

"SUNY continues to follow the latest science and data to develop policies that prioritize our students’ health and well-being," a statement from SUNY says on its website. "Mandatory vaccination, at this point, will allow our campuses to reopen normally this fall, as well as protect our neighbors and help local communities reopen safely."