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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021

Students

In April 2021, MCPHS made the decision to join the growing number of colleges and universities across the state and country to require all students to have the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be on campus for the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions were made for a very small percentage of the student population for medical or religious reasons. Please note that some clinical sites also require COVID-19 vaccination, and you will need to follow the site’s requirements with respect to COVID-19 vaccination. This decision was made in accordance with medical and public health experts, including a recommendation from the American College Health Association that all on-campus students receive COVID-19 vaccines prior to the fall 2021 semester, and it is the most effective way for us to prevent the spread of the virus on campus. The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will remain in place for the spring and summer 2022 terms.

Employees

In July 2021, MCPHS made the decision to join the growing number of colleges and universities across the region and country to require all employees planning to be on campus for the fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. Very few exemptions were made for those employees who qualified due to medical or religious reasons. Unvaccinated employees without an approved exemption are not permitted on campus.

The University accepts all vaccines recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) as well as those recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) EUA. Although the University accepts the latter, please be aware that clinical rotation sites will require students to be immunized by one of the three vaccines accepted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

For those in the United States, the CDC website lists resources for finding and making a vaccine appointment. For international students, MCPHS will work with you to obtain a vaccination once you arrive in the United States. If you would like more information regarding the vaccine, you can contact the MCPHS COVID-19 Team for assistance at COVID19team@mcphs.edu.

For vaccine information in multiple languages, please visit this page from the Boston Health Commission.

You can find the full and up-to-date MCPHS student immunization policy here.

Yes, you should get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from the virus after recovering from COVID-19, and reinfection is possible.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Students

If a student is unable to obtain one or more immunizations due to medical or religious reasons, they may upload the Vaccine Exemption Form to CastleBranch. Students who are unable to obtain one or more immunizations for medical reasons must also submit a letter (on official letterhead with a signature) from the student’s healthcare provider certifying that the provider has personally examined the student and is of the opinion that the student’s health would be endangered by the immunization. Medical and religious exemptions must be renewed annually at the start of each school year.

 

Employees

Employees who believe they have a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that precludes vaccination may submit a request for an exemption from the vaccination requirement. Please contact Human Resources at HR@mcphs.edu for more information. Unvaccinated employees without an approved exemption will not be permitted to work on campus.

Students

Once you have been fully vaccinated, you must upload proof of your vaccination to CastleBranch, the same confidential health information service MCPHS uses for all student immunization records and compliance. CastleBranch now has COVID-19 vaccine tracking and documentation services for all students to use. All students will be receiving an email with instructions on uploading proof of vaccination to CastleBranch.

Any questions about using CastleBranch should be directed to the company at customerservice@castlebranch.com or 888.723.4263. More information regarding the MCPHS Immunization Policy can be found here.

Employees

Once you have received all the requisite dose(s) of your chosen vaccine, you can upload your results through CoVerified or notify your supervisor that you have been fully vaccinated along with the date you became fully vaccinated.

If you have questions about accessing or using the app, please contact the Help Desk.

Public health experts strongly recommend people continue to wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety protocols even after an individual has received both COVID-19 vaccine shots. According to these experts, the vaccine is believed to prevent serious illness in those vaccinated, but there is no evidence yet that it will prevent the spread of the virus. Especially in consideration of coronavirus variants, there is a distinct possibility that some vaccinated individuals could still get infected with COVID-19 and further spread the virus. In an effort to keep all MCPHS Community members safe, those who have received the vaccination are subject to the University’s mask-wearing requirement and all established safety and testing protocols.

COVID-19 Team Contact Information

covid19team@mcphs.edu
617.732.2798