All faculty, staff and students taking classes on the campuses of Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2022, the presidents of those schools said on Monday.
Leaders from Bunker Hill, Bristol, Cape Cod, Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, Massasoit, MassBay, Middlesex, Mount Wachusett, North Shore, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond, Roxbury and Springfield community colleges shared posts with their campuses, noting that good many of their students have been “disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic” and have expressed a desire to “improve the health and safety of the learning and work environment in light of the health concerns public and current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention. ”
All employees should be vaccinated. Students who register for courses without any in-person components and who do not plan to come to campus for any reason for the 2022 spring semester will not be required to provide vaccination documentation, according to Massachusetts. Association of Community Colleges.
The 15 campuses welcome approximately 135,000 students each year.
Pfizer said on Monday that early trial results indicate its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11
The presidents said community colleges “are committed to ensuring that immunization status is not a barrier for students and will continue to offer a range of virtual learning opportunities and services.”
Many colleges and universities, including the UMass system, have required student vaccinations for the fall semester, and other state government employers, including Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive, have announced immunization policies for their workforce.