If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Requirement

All eligible students, faculty, and staff who will live, learn, and work on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as have a booster.

Below are some commonly asked questions and more information regarding the vaccine requirement.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Why is Regis requiring vaccinations and boosters for COVID-19?

    COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are the most effective defense against hospitalization and serious illness as a result of COVID-19. The health and wellness of our community remains a top priority, and this decision is guided by local and state public health agencies, our medical experts, and our COVID-19 Working Group.

  • What date must I be fully vaccinated?

    Any individual who lives, learns, or works on campus that is not fully vaccinated is asked to do so as soon as possible.

    Regis College does provide medical and religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • I need support explaining to my family the COVID-19 vaccine and booster is required.

    Students in need of support should contact a member of the Student Affairs team who can connect students with the appropriate resources and information. In addition, they are available to advise students as they navigate this conversation with their family.

  • Where can I receive my COVID-19 booster?

    You are eligible for a booster if you:

    • Are 16 years old or over
    • Are fully vaccinated
    • It has been more than five months since a second Pfizer vaccine
    • It has been more than five months since a second Moderna vaccine
    • It has been more than two months since a Johnson and Johnson vaccine

    You may not be eligible to get the booster at this time if you:

    • Are not passed the above timeline for your previous vaccines
    • Have an approved vaccine exemption from Regis College

    For other options, please visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ vaccine website to locate a clinic and schedule your appointment. For community members outside of Massachusetts, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website for more information about how to obtain your booster.

  • When am I considered fully vaccinated and boosted?

    In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
    • You considered fully boosted once your receive the booster.
  • How will I show proof of my vaccine and booster?

    Students can submit their vaccine documentation via Castle Branch. Castle Branch is the online private secure document center where all students submit their health information such as vaccinations/immunizations, physical exams, etc. Email instructions on setting up this account will be sent soon.

    Students, faculty, and staff are also required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster through their CoVerified account. Those who have not uploaded their vaccination status will be restricted on campus.

  • Which vaccines are accepted by Regis college?

    We will accept the following vaccines:

    1. Moderna - mRNA
    2. Pfizer - mRNA
    3. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson and Johnson - Viral Vector
  • Where can I find information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Individuals seeking additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine should speak with their primary health care provider or the Regis Center for Health and Wellness. Additional information and resources are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • How do I apply for an exemption?

    Individuals seeking a medical or disability exemption must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Medical or Disability Exemption Request form and provide supporting documentation from your medical provider.

    Individuals seeking a religious exemption must complete the Religious Exemption Form.

  • What happens if my exemption is approved?

    If your exemption is approved, you will be notified in writing and Regis will work with you to reasonably accommodate your individual circumstances. In making accommodations, Regis’ primary concern is to protect both your health and safety, and the health and safety of the larger community.

    Depending on your individual needs, you may be permitted on the Regis campuses and/or to participate in Regis in-person activities, but with limitations or alterations. Limitations or alterations may include, but are not limited to, changes to work schedule, office location, residence status, or residence hall location. Individuals with an exemption may also need to comply with extra health requirements (beyond those that apply to the Regis community as a whole) such as wearing face masks/coverings, practicing social distancing, or submitting to regular COVID-19 surveillance testing.

    Regarding remote work or remote coursework, this may be available as an accommodation in certain circumstances. See below.

    The Office of Student Accessibility Services will work with students and the Department of Human Resources will work with employees to determine which accommodations or changes are reasonable. In either case, Health Services may be consulted to help determine how an individual may safely be present on the Regis campuses and/or participate in Regis in-person activities.

  • If I choose not to be vaccinated, can I still pursue my major?

    Students without documentation of vaccination or a valid exemption (religious, medical). will be considered noncompliant with the university's COVID-19 vaccination policy. They will not be permitted to study in person on the Weston campus and may be prevented from participating in any required off-site clinical placements. Remote options to make academic progress will be extremely limited.

  • If I have an approved exemption, can I work or attend class remotely?

    Regis’ goal is to restore in-person operations as much as possible. If you have an approved exemption, remote work or remote coursework is one of several accommodations that may be available.

    In general, remote work or remote coursework may be a reasonable accommodation if it does not interfere with a student’s academic program or an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of their position. An approved exemption is not an automatic or guaranteed return to remote work or remote coursework.

  • What information should I NOT share?

    Do not share or disclose information beyond what is needed to determine your vaccination status or exemption status.

    Employees must not share their health or medical information with their supervisor. This includes individual or family medical history information and genetic information.

  • I am a student with an approved exemption, how will this affect my clinical or internship?

    An approved exemption may limit your ability to complete an internship, clinical, or fieldwork placement. In certain situations, being at a placement site or on campus without being vaccinated may pose a significant health and safety risk. If this risk cannot be mitigated, you may need to change your placement site or may be unable to complete a placement altogether.

  • Will my approved exemption apply to any other external requirement for the completion of my degree?

    No. Internships, clinical or fieldwork placements, or other external sites set their own health and immunization requirements, separate from Regis College. An approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption from Regis will not exempt you from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement imposed by your internship, clinical, fieldwork placement, or external site. Please consult with the Center for Internships and Career Placement or your academic programs to determine how this may affect your academic requirements.

  • I have an underlying medical condition; can I still get the vaccine?

    People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate, severe reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For those who cannot receive a vaccination due to medical reasons, your provider can complete a medical waiver form to submit to health services.

  • What are mRNA and viral vector vaccines and how do they work?

    Messenger RNA vaccines, also called mRNA vaccines, teach our cells how to make a protein – or even just a piece of a protein – that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.

    Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells.

    The benefit of mRNA and viral vector vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain protections without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine help keep me from getting COVID-19?

    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.

    Please visit the CDC website to learn more about the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine:

    Benefits of Getting Vaccinated

  • What are the most common side effects when getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days (about three months), can I still receive the vaccine?

    Yes, if you are not symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated.

  • Why do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve had COVID-19?

    You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. This is because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible, although rare, that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

  • When can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I am also due for other vaccines?

    Regis recognizes that you have other vaccine and health requirements as students. You will need to plan and schedule your vaccine/testing based on the following guidelines:

    COVID-19 vaccines should be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccine.

    The tuberculin skin test (TST), used for testing for Tuberculosis, cannot be done at the same time as mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, these tests must be delayed at least four weeks (28 days) after the completion of mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

    None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Therefore, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

  • Should I still monitor my daily symptoms after I am fully vaccinated?

    All students, faculty, and staff who live, learn and work on campus or attend in-person Regis events are required to submit their daily symptom screening on CoVerified.

  • Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or I am breastfeeding?

    Please contact your health care provider with specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy or breastfeeding. You can also consult the frequently asked questions from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

General Health and Safety

  • Is there a cost for on-campus testing?

    No, there will be no charge for COVID testing. For further information regarding how COVID-19 testing works please visit our Health and Safety protocol page.

  • Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?

    Beginning Monday, February 28, masks will be optional for everyone in most spaces at Regis, with the exception of classrooms and labs.

    Masks will be required in a select number of other campus spaces and there will be clear signage posted at entrances.

    In-person attendance in classrooms and labs is a requirement for our on-campus students. Continuing with mask wearing maintains a level of protection for students and faculty who spend an extended amount of time together in those spaces.

    There is still no evidence of classroom spread of the virus at Regis.

    Anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask while on campus has the full support of the Regis community. Additionally, weekly testing is still available at Health Services for all campus community members on a voluntary basis, as well as for those who are symptomatic, a close contact, or have an approved vaccine exemption from the university.

    The new mask policy also extends to guests, who must wear a mask if they are visiting a classroom or lab space. Outside guests are still not permitted in residence halls at this time.

  • I need an accommodation. Who do I contact?

    The Office of Accessibility Services is the point of contact for student accommodations. Students can complete an online application to make a request.

    Students can upload medical/professional documentation, or they may have it faxed to the office by their medical provider. A staff member from OSAS will review the documents and reach out to the student to set up an intake meeting.

    Clear Mask Accommodations

    There will be accommodations for students that utilize lip reading and non-verbal communication queues through facial expressions in the classroom, both with their faculty members and their peers. Facial coverings greatly impact their ability to communicate and comprehend. Clear masks, as well as the possible use of face shields, are options for these students and their professors. All decisions related to masks in the classroom for faculty or students will include the Medical Director of Health Services.

    Students with Breathing Concerns

    Some students may have limited lung capacity or other significant breathing issues that make them medically unable to wear a face mask. Each request will be evaluated individually, in partnership with Health Services, to determine if this is reasonable. If this accommodation is granted, it will be indicated to faculty and necessary staff in a student’s accommodation letter, and the student will receive a sticker for the back of their student ID.

    Immunocompromised Students

    Accommodations will be made in the case of students who are immunocompromised and may not feel safe returning to the campus or the classroom, but still want to continue their studies. Those students may request an accommodation to allow them to continue their studies remotely to avoid any interruption in their academic program.

  • Are counseling services available?

    Yes, counseling services will be provided by video conferencing and phone.

    Virtual Counseling Sessions

    Counseling sessions via video conferencing and phone are available during the week:

    • Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    To speak with a member of the counseling staff, students should call the Counseling Center at 781.768.7290 or email Kathryn Klickstein, director of counseling to schedule an appointment.

    Talk One2One

    Talk One2O​ne is a free, confidential, phone counseling service that provides immediate support to students wanting to speak with a counselor right away. Students can call if they are in crisis and speak with a mental health professional who will assess the situation and help connect the student with support as needed. Students do not need to be in crisis to utilize this service. People who are feeling overwhelmed and in need of “in the moment” support can call to talk with a counselor. Students simply call 1.800.756.3124 anytime 24/7. There is no cost to students for using this service.

  • My campus COVID test came back invalid, inconclusive, not processed, or positive, what should I do?

    A member of Regis' Health Services team will reach out to your directly if you test positive for COVID-19 or your test is invalid and you need to schedule another test.

Academic Information

Housing and Residence Life

Athletics

  • Are spectators allowed at indoor athletic events?

    All are welcome to attend Regis events on campus.

    • Masks are required for all spectators, regardless of vaccination status, at indoor events.
    • Only surgical, KN95, or N95 masks are permitted.
    • Regis students, faculty, and staff should be prepared to show their CoVerified clearance before entering an event.
    • Guests should be prepared to provide:
      • Proof of full vaccination OR
      • A negative result from a PCR test collected within 72 hours prior to the event OR
      • A negative result from an antigen test taken the day of the event, prior to arriving on campus.

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