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Immunization Requirements

General Studies Students (excluding students in restricted Health Science Programs)

Spring 2023

 

Online & Remote Classes:

Students who are only enrolled in fully online and/or remote classes and who do not intend to access services on campus are not required to submit any immunization documentation at this time. 

On-campus classes, labs, athletics:

Please review the FAQs below:

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Who is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • All individuals accessing campus must be in compliance with the COVID Vaccination Policy and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. Please visit: MassBay Community College Student Vaccination Policy.  

  • All students taking in-person classes, participating in athletics, or who intend to access services on campus are required to be in compliance with the COVID Vaccination Policy. Students who are not in compliance are only eligible to register for solely online and remote classes and will only have access to virtual student services.

When do I need to be fully vaccinated by and what does "fully vaccinated" mean?

  • For Spring of 2023, students must be fully vaccinated by January 17, 2023.

  • A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of the Moderna, Pfizer, or Novavax vaccine, or 2 weeks after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  • Individuals may also access campus if they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Will booster shots be required?

  • MassBay strongly encourages eligible students, faculty, and staff to obtain a booster shot; however, at this time it is not a requirement. This is subject to change at the college’s discretion. Students who are enrolled in classes with clinical hours whose site requires individuals to obtain a booster must comply with the rules of the clinical site, including obtaining a booster shot. This applies, as well, to MassBay instructors whose work brings them to clinical sites.

Where can I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

When will I need to get my COVID-19 vaccine by?

  • Any student who has not submitted proof of vaccination by January 3, 2023, will be continuously dropped from their face-to-face classes until they upload their proof of vaccination. Students who register for face-to-face classes after January 17, 2023, will need to provide proof of vaccination immediately after registering for classes.

  • To be considered fully vaccinated by January 17, 2023, the following deadlines must be met:

Moderna

  • First Dose: December 6, 2022

  • Second Dose: January 3, 2023

Pfizer and Novavax

  • First Dose: December 13, 2022

  • Second Dose: January 3, 2023

Johnson & Johnson

  • One Dose: January 3, 2023

Am I able to request a religious or medical accommodation for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Students can request accommodations for the 2023 Winter Intersession and Spring 2023 semester based on Disability, Religion, and Special Circumstances.

Religious Accommodation Request

Medical Accommodation Request

Special Circumstances Accommodation Request

Accommodation requests for the 2023 Winter Intersession will be reviewed on 11/8/22 and 12/16/22. All submissions are due by 5pm on 12/15/22.

Accommodation requests for Spring 2023 will be reviewed on 11/8/22, 12/16/22, and 1/6/23. All submissions are due by 5pm on 1/5/23.

Once I submit proof of my COVID-19 vaccination status, how will I gain access to campus?

  • Once you have uploaded proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status the documentation will be reviewed and verified. Once approved, you can go into the MassBayGo app, click the “My Campus Pass” tile, and present your green check when entering campus. You will not be able to access campus until you have a green check in the app.

General Immunization Requirements

Who is required to submit their general immunization vaccinations?

  • All students coming to campus (for classes or athletics) who are under 30 years of age and taking 12 or more credits. 

What are the general immunization requirements for these students?

  • 2 doses of MMR I and MMR II or laboratory evidence of immunity (titer);

  • 3 doses of Hepatitis-B Vaccine series or laboratory evidence of immunity (titer);

  • 2 doses of Varicella or laboratory evidence of immunity (titer) or history of disease;

  • 1 dose of TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) or TD – Tdap within the last 10 years is recommended, or Td within the last 5 years;

  • 1 dose of Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine within last 5 years for students 21 years of age or younger or a signed waiver.

What documentation is acceptable for proof of general immunization?

 

How do I submit my general immunization documentation?

  • Students can submit their immunization documentation using Bay Navigator. Please see the "Submitting Immunization Documentation" section below.

Health Science Students

  • Students enrolled in Health Science Programs are required to submit documentation of the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, along with all other required vaccines, prior to the start of their first semester.  This will be a separate process from submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the College.  Please visit the Division of Health Sciences Health and Background Check web page for information on how to submit the required immunization and health screening documentation.

Submitting Immunization Documentation

What documentation is acceptable for proof of vaccination?

  • COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card OR

Official immunization documents from your medical provider’s office.

  • General immunizations:

Have a medical provider complete the General Student, Non-Health Sciences form here OR

Upload official immunization documents from your medical provider’s office.

How do I submit my immunization documentation?

  • Students will be able to submit proof of all immunizations through Bay Navigator. You will not be considered in compliance until your immunizations have been approved in Bay Navigator.

Short Video | How to Upload Vaccination Documentation →

Step 1: Log into Bay Navigator: OneLogin 

Step 2: On the Homepage, click the My Forms title

Step 3: Click Fill out the New Form button (upper left corner)

Step 4: Select an immunization from the list

Step 5: Enter your immunization information

Step 6: Add a picture of your immunization documentation

Step 7: Click Green Submit button (upper right corner)

The approval process may take up to 5 business days. If you have previously submitted your vaccination information to CastleBranch, you are not required to re-submit to Bay Navigator. The data will be transferred. For more detailed step by step directions please see the document: Steps for entering Student Vaccine information into Bay Navigator

Is there a deadline to submit my documentation? 

  • COVID-19 vaccination – January 17, 2023

What if I can't find my immunization documentation?

If you are unable to locate your immunization documentation we recommend reaching out to your primary care provider or visiting the Massachusetts My Vax Records page to see if any vaccination records have been entered into the Massachusetts Immunization Information System which you can request a copy of.

Additional Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Questions?

  •  All questions regarding immunization requirements can be directed to the MassBay Immunization Compliance & COVID-19 Response Administrator Maria Eklund at meklund@massbay.edu