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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students – A Message from President Clark

Office of the President
Monday, April 26, 2021

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students – A Message from President Clark

 

Dear campus community,

Bridgewater State University, in partnership with the other eight institutions in the Massachusetts State University system, is joining a growing number of colleges and universities across the country and state by requiring students to become fully inoculated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine before they attend in-person classes in the fall 2021 semester.

The presidents of the nine state institutions unanimously decided to require undergraduate and graduate students who are attending in-person classes, living in residence halls, conducting research on campus and participating in any on-campus activities to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the academic year on September 1, 2021 or their arrival on campus.

Student safety and the safety of our community remains at the forefront of our planning as we prepare to return to in-person learning and a full campus life in the fall. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is the most important measure we can take to protect our students, faculty, librarians and staff as we return to close to a pre-COVID environment in which the majority of our teaching, learning, and student life experiences will occur in-person and on campus in the fall 2021.

With the general public (ages 16 years and older) now eligible to be vaccinated and with Massachusetts among the national leaders in administering vaccinations, we are confident that students will be able to access vaccinations. Further, BSU anticipates being approved by the state Department of Public Health as a regional vaccination site.

It is also the expectation of the university that our faculty, librarians and staff will do their part to protect our community as a whole by being vaccinated against COVID-19.

There are many locations where you can receive a vaccine at no financial cost. We encourage all of our BSU community to take the first appointment they can find for a vaccination. Below please find links to resources to help you find your vaccine:

  1. Mass Vaccination sites
  2. CVS Pharmacy sites
  3. Search tool for local vaccination sites
  4. Twitter bots to help you find a vaccine: @CvsvaccineMA and @vaccinetime

If you have questions about vaccination please click here. If you have questions about the safety or efficacy of the vaccine, please click here. For all other questions or concerns about the vaccination process, please email us at wellnesscenter@bridgew.edu. The BSU Wellness Center will be with you every step of the way in this process, so please do not hesitate to contact them with your questions or concerns about accessing the vaccine.

Religious and medical exemptions will be accommodated pursuant to state and federal law, following the same exemption procedures BSU utilizes in the case of other vaccination requirements. BSU will work with students who choose not to be vaccinated to try to meet their needs and enable them to continue their education at BSU in pursuit of their degree.

As we have from the onset of the pandemic, our BSU community has banded together to do what is necessary to keep ourselves and each other safe. Being vaccinated is the safest and most effective next step in defeating the virus and coming together as a campus community.

Warmest regards,

Fred Clark
Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.
President