The Massachusetts State University system is joining a growing number of colleges and universities across the country and Commonwealth requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they attend in-person classes this fall.
All Salem State students should be fully immunized before returning to campus for fall semester. 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. The state university presidents expect that all employees will also be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester.
Full Vaccination Status
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.
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 noncompliance messages. Students who are not fully vaccinated yet, but in the process of becoming so, will need to test weekly until 2 weeks after their second COVID vaccine.
Once they are fully vaccinated, they will no longer be required to test to maintain their CLEARED status in CoVerified. 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 this testing requirement.
Entirely Remote Students
Students who will be entirely remote are encouraged to submit their COVID-19 vaccine documentation, or they may also complete a remote status attestation form in the student health portal to meet the vaccine requirements.
Documenting Your Vaccination
You should receive a vaccination card that indicates which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
Please take a picture of your card and upload it to the student health portal as soon as possible. If you are only partially vaccinated at the start of the semester, upload your vaccine card to the student health portal and complete weekly testing until you are fully vaccinated.
Salem State has offered several opportunities for students and employees to access the vaccine on campus as we prepare for the start of the fall semester. The vaccine clinics offered the choice of Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We will also offer an additional clinic for students needing to get the second does on September 22 from 12-3 pm on North Campus.
*When booster vaccines are recommended for the general public and become available, we will work to schedule some pop-up vaccine clinics on campus. However, please note that you will also be able to schedule this booster dose at any of the below local, off-campus locations.
Off-Campus Vaccination Options
North Shore Medical Center Pop-up Clinic: The vaccine is available this fall at the Stanley Building (68 Loring Avenue) every Wednesday from 10 am-2 pm at as part of the North Shore Medical Center pop-up clinic. No appointment is necessary. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are available.
CVS: In addition, the CVS on Canal Street near the Harrington/Central Campus is offering vaccines. Learn about other locations across the state where you can access the vaccine for free at the Commonwealth's site.
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. New to the health portal? Review the health portal FAQs.
Students who receive exemptions and are not vaccinated will be expected to follow current CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines for unvaccinated individuals and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing during the fall semester, to obtain a “cleared” CoVerified badge and be allowed to participate in on-campus, in-person activities and classes. Failure to participate in weekly testing will result in a restricted badge which does not allow the student to participate in on-campus activities or classes. Failure to follow campus policies can also result in a referral to community standards. New to CoVerified? Download the app today.
Health Information Privacy
Please note that the only office that needs to know a student’s vaccine status is counseling and health services. Individual’s personal health information is private. We are using CoVerified in order to simply indicate if a student is compliant with protocols and at lower risk of transmitting the virus if engaging in in-person activities. Students should expect to show their CoVerified badge daily when on campus.
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.