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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

UMass Dartmouth will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. UMass Dartmouth also strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Visit our Vaccination Information website to learn more. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation

Please follow our How to upload your COVID vaccine documentation guide to add your information to the Health Services portal.

Vaccination Information

UMass Dartmouth will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. 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.

If the exemption is granted, you will need to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that if there is spread of COVID-19 on campus, you will follow guidelines as advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

UMass Dartmouth also strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. The University may revisit the issue of required vaccinations for faculty and staff as we continue our planning efforts that promote the health and safety of our entire campus community.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester?

Yes, we will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Why is the University requiring the vaccine?

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.

When do I need to submit my proof of vaccination?

Please submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible, but no later than August 1 to avoid delaying your return to campus.

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

Please follow our How to upload your COVID vaccine documentation guide to add your information to the Health Services portal.

What if I take all my classes remotely and won’t be visiting campus, do I need to be vaccinated too?

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

Do any exemptions exist for the vaccination requirement?

Yes. The University will accommodate medical or religious exemptions pursuant to state and federal law. To submit an exemption, please log in to the Health Services Portal, click Upload, choose "Immunization Documentation". Your upload should be a written request for exemption upon religious grounds. Medical exemption documentation must be from a healthcare provider. ​You will receive confirmation of receipt from Health Services via secure message.

If the exemption is granted, you will need to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that if there is spread of COVID-19 on campus, you will follow guidelines as advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Do international students need to be vaccinated in the U.S., or can they participate in their home country’s vaccine program?

Eligible international students should receive their COVID-19 vaccine if approved in their home country as soon as possible. The University is awaiting guidance from state and federal authorities on scenarios where students receive vaccines not approved by the U.S. and will contact students with more information as soon as possible. Health Services will work with the ISSC (International Student and Scholar Center) to provide ongoing updates.

Are faculty and staff required as well?

University faculty and staff are employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are awaiting further guidance concerning mandatory vaccination of Commonwealth employees. UMass Dartmouth strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester.

What if I cannot access approved vaccines where I live?

After reviewing state and federal updates, UMass Dartmouth expects all eligible students in the United States should have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Where can I get vaccinated?

For individuals in Massachusetts, you can register for vaccination by visiting VaccineSignUp.mass.gov. Once you are registered, you will be notified when you can schedule an appointment at seven locations across the state. You can also use 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.

Will I be able to register for classes for the fall 2021 semester though I haven’t been vaccinated yet?

Yes, you can still register for classes for the fall 2021 semester. Please note that you will be required to upload documentation that shows proof of vaccination or exemption to your Health Services portal before coming to campus in the fall.

Will my enrollment deposit be refunded if I choose not to enroll because of the vaccine requirement?

Yes, you will be issued a refund if you decline fall admission. It is important to remember that most colleges and universities will have similar requirements for the fall semester.

Will I be charged a cancellation fee if I opt out of on-campus housing because of the vaccine requirement?

UMass Dartmouth encourages you to not cancel your on-campus housing or withdraw from the university if you are unsure of your decision to be vaccinated for the fall semester. It is important to remember that most colleges and universities will have similar requirements for the fall semester. Students who choose not to be vaccinated and withdraw must follow the student petition process to be released from a Housing Agreement.

If I’m on campus, how will I know if my peers are vaccinated or have an exemption?

Since the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students participating in any part of campus life, all students will have shown proof of vaccination or received an exemption through Student Health Services. Medical or religious exemptions are not publicly disclosed.

What happens if I do not get my COVID-19 vaccine by the beginning of the semester?

Those who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to return to campus. Students will be required to verify proof of vaccination (or receive an exemption) with Health Services before coming to campus to attend classes, participate in activities or live in a residence hall this fall. Submission of documentation is the first part of the process, followed by a review and verification – a process that can take up to two weeks.

Will face coverings still be required?

State public health guidance regarding the use of face coverings will continue to inform UMass Dartmouth’s policy regarding masks/face coverings. Effective May 29, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Will asymptomatic surveillance testing be required?  Will weekly testing still be required for residents?

Asymptomatic surveillance testing will not be required for individuals who are fully vaccinated in the Fall 2021 Semester.

Is the University going to vaccinate students?

UMass Dartmouth is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to make sure our students have the opportunity to take part in vaccinations, but at this time there is no plan for a site on campus. If that changes, we will let students and families know ASAP.

How can I sign up for a vaccination?

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

Where can I learn more about the COVID vaccine?

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website or the CDC website.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Please email corona.virus@umassd.edu and our staff will answer your questions.

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