All Salem State students and employees are required to be fully immunized, including a booster shot, for COVID-19.
This includes undergraduate and graduate students who are attending in-person classes, conducting research on campus, living in residence halls, or participating in campus life activities.
All staff and full-time faculty are required to be vaccinated or request an exemption regardless of whether they are working on-campus or remotely. Part-time faculty who provide in-person instruction, whether on-campus or in a clinical setting, are required to be vaccinated or request an exemption. Part-time faculty who teach remotely may request a waiver but will not be permitted on campus and may not teach in-person until they comply with the Salem State vaccine mandate.
For the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the single dose. If these requirements are not met, you are not considered fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 booster shots are required as part of our COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Booster eligibility is five months after receiving the last dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine; or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We ask that you receive the booster within a month of your eligibility. While the original vaccine is continuing to provide protections, the booster will provide additional protections especially as we face new variants and a new surge in cases.
Partially Vaccinated Students
Students who have received 1 of a 2-dose COVID vaccine series (Moderna or Pfizer) but are not yet due for their second, will continue to receive non-compliance messages. Students who are not fully vaccinated yet will need to test weekly until 2 weeks after their second COVID vaccine.
Students who are in the process of becoming compliant are able to move in and participate in on-campus activities as long as they satisfy the weekly testing requirement.
Students must receive their booster within one month of the date they are eligible.
Entirely Remote Students
Students taking fully remote classes are encouraged to upload their Covid-19 vaccine documentation to the student health portal. The Covid-19 vaccine and booster requirement will not be enforced for students who are taking all remote classes and are NOT residential, with the exception of student athletes, or students on an F-1 visa.
CVS: In addition, the CVS on Canal Street near the Harrington/Central Campus is offering vaccines. Search other CVS pharmacies that may be offering the COVID vaccine.
Lynn Community Health Center:The Lynn Community Health Center is offering walk-in and appointments for COVID vaccination. You can call the Lynn Vaccine call center at 781-595-7747 to schedule it (representatives available in English and Spanish). Anyone is able to be vaccinated with LCHC, you do not need to be a patient of LCHC or a resident of Lynn. LCHC can also assist with transportation to/from your vaccine appointment with them, if necessary.
Students are expected to be vaccinated prior to returning to campus unless they apply for and receive an exemption. The exemption process is located in the student health portal. Students claiming a medical exemption must present documentation from a medical provider stating that the vaccine is contraindicated and upload the documentation to the health portal. Students who are seeking a religious exemption should complete the exemption form on the health portal.
All full-time students, health science students, residential students, and international students must still submit traditional immunization documents to the health portal. Please visit the health portal or counseling and health services for the health form and traditional immunization requirements.
Please note that remote students who are full time, health science, residential, or international students must still meet traditional immunization requirements and should also submit this documentation on their health portal prior to the start of the semester.