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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students

Undergraduate and graduate students planning to be on campus must be up to date with the COVID-19 Vaccine (two weeks after the last dose of the primary series plus booster if eligible). This decision was made in accordance with medical and public health experts, including a 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 start of the semester, and it is the most effective way for us to prevent the spread of the virus on campus.

Employees

Employees planning to be on campusmust be up to date with the COVID-19 Vaccine , the virus that causes COVID-19. This decision was made in July 2021 in accordance with medical and public health experts and alongside many colleges and universities across the region and country requiring employee vaccinations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Once they are eligible, students and employees are required to receive a vaccine booster shot. Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Requirement for more information on who is eligible.

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).

Please note that you must be fully immunized (two weeks after your last dose) by December 1, 2021: 

FDA EUA Vaccines:

  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Pfizer
  • Moderna

For International Students

If you received one of the current WHO EUA vaccines, you may come to campus, but please note that clinical rotation sites will require your vaccination by one of the FDA EUA vaccines (listed above) prior to your start date.

Please note that you must be fully immunized (two weeks after your final dose) by December 1, 2021:

Current WHO EUA Vaccines:

  • Astra-Zeneca/Oxford
  • Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  • Sinopharm/BIBPSinovac

If none of the vaccines on the WHO EUA list are available to you, we still recommend that you get vaccinated by whatever vaccine is provided in your country as soon as possible. Please be advised that people in this category will likely be required to be re-vaccinated with an FDA EUA vaccine.

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.

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. Read more information regarding the MCPHS Immunization Policy..

Employees

Once you have received all the requisite dose(s) of your chosen vaccine, you must upload your results through CoVerified.

COVID-19 Team Contact Information

covid19team@mcphs.edu
617.732.2798