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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination boosters for faculty, staff, and all students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. Visit our Vaccination Information website to learn more. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination boosters for faculty, staff, and all students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus. 

This decision was made on the basis of expected additional state, federal and legal guidance and vaccine availability. The University will accommodate medical or religious exemptions pursuant to state and federal law. Evidence to date concerning the present and expected approval status and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines supports the university’s position.

Please visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment at retail pharmacies and community health centers near you.

Have questions? Please email corona.virus@umassd.edu.

As of January 24, 94.92% of students and 96.71% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Booster Shot

If you're a student who has already received your booster shot, please upload it to the Health Services Patient Portal. If you need help uploading, please follow our Uploading COVID Booster Guide.

Yes. UMass Dartmouth will require all faculty, staff and students who will live, learn and work on our campus in 2022 to obtain a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible to do so as well as the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Approved vaccination exemptions will remain in force.

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

According to the CDC, everyone ages 16 and older can get a booster shot.

You’re eligible for a booster if:

  • Pfizer: It’s been at least 5 months since your second dose
  • Moderna: It’s been at least 6 months since your second dose
  • Johnson & Johnson: It’s been at least 2 months since your first dose 

Please note that you can mix and match vaccines. You do not need to get the same vaccine brand for your booster as your original COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are eligible but have not received your booster shot yet, please make an appointment as soon as possible.

Use VaxFinder to find a pharmacy or other location to get your booster.

No. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses, and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

If you have your vaccine card it is helpful so that your booster dose can be added to it, but you do not need to show your CDC vaccination card to get your booster. You will be asked to self-attest that you meet eligibility requirements such as age, health conditions, or occupation. There are no ID, or health insurance requirements. Your vaccinator may choose to look up your vaccine records to confirm the type of vaccine you received before.

To learn when you are eligible for a booster dose, you should consult your CDC vaccination record card for the date of your second COVID-19 vaccination. If you do not have your vaccination card, contact your primary care provider or the retail pharmacy where you were first vaccinated. If that is not possible, learn how to obtain your vaccination record, which could take up to 2 weeks, by visiting www.mass.gov/myvaxrecord.

Current data indicates that side effects following the additional dose are similar to those after the second dose. Common side effects are generally mild such as localized pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, and fatigue, headache, and low-grade fever. Serious adverse events are rare.

Yes. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccinations like the flu or shingles vaccine at the same time or close together, according to the CDC.

You are fully vaccinated without a booster if it has been at least 2 weeks since you got your first J&J shot or your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, according to the CDC

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Yes, we require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus.

Yes, UMass Dartmouth requires all employees to be fully vaccinated.

This decision was made on the basis of expected additional state, federal and legal guidance, and vaccine availability. Evidence to date concerning the present and expected approval status, as well as the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, supports the University’s position.

Yes, proof of vaccination must be submitted to the Health Services Portal. Please follow our How to upload your COVID vaccine documentation to add your information to the portal.

For individuals in Massachusetts, please visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment at retail pharmacies and community health centers near you. For individuals residing in other states or countries, please visit the CDC’s informational website to help find a vaccination site. Retail pharmacies are also administering COVID-19 vaccines through the federal pharmacy partnership.

Yes. The University will accommodate medical or religious exemptions pursuant to state and federal law. If the exemption is granted, individuals will need to sign an acknowledgment form indicating that if there is a spread of COVID-19 on campus, they will follow guidelines as advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Everyone that has an approved exemption will be required to participate in a weekly COVID-19 testing protocol and to wear masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of whether a campus-wide indoor mask requirement is in force.

Eligible international students should receive their COVID-19 vaccine if approved in their home country as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines approved by the WHO satisfy the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Documentation verifying administration of the WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine should be uploaded into the health portal. Individuals who were vaccinated with WHO approved COVID vaccine are eligible for a booster 6 months after their final dose.

No, but UMass Dartmouth encourages all eligible individuals to be vaccinated.

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