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

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements

All students, faculty, and staff who live, learn, and work on campus are required to have received all doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the primary series. This requirement can be met with COVID-19 vaccines having FDA (Food and Drug Administration), EUA (emergency use authorization) and/or WHO (World Health Organization EUL (emergency use listing) approval.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Why is Regis requiring vaccination for COVID-19?

    COVID-19 vaccines 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.

  • By what date must I be vaccinated?

    Any individual who lives, learns, or works on campus that is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination status 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 that COVID-19 vaccination 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 in compliance with Regis' COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

    Regis requires the primary series of COVID-19 vaccination. You are considered to be in compliance:

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

    Students should submit their vaccine documentation via CastleBranch. CastleBranch is the online private secure document center where all students submit their health information such as vaccinations/immunizations, physical exams, etc.

    Students, faculty, and staff are also required to upload proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination status 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
    4. Novavax - Protein
  • 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?

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

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

    Individuals (students and employees) 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.

  • 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 up to date on my COVID-19 vaccination status?

    All students, faculty, and staff who live, learn and work on campus or attend in-person Regis events are required to monitor their symptoms and report any COVID-19 symptoms through the daily symptom screening tool 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?

    There may be a cost associated with testing. Patients need to be aware of how their health insurance works including the Regis student health insurance plan and what restrictions may apply.

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

    The Regis campus is a mask optional environment, except in the Center for Health and Wellness when seeing a provider at Health Services and/or Counseling Services, per CDC guidelines.

    • Regis strongly supports community members who choose to wear a mask.
    • Please continue to follow public health guidance and wear a mask if you are at a higher risk or have concerns about your health.
    • Masking in crowded indoor environments is encouraged, but not required.
  • 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.

  • Are counseling services available?

    Mental health professionals are on campus daily and services are available year-round. Resources are also available for remote students who cannot get to the Weston campus. Current students can get more information on SPIKE.

    For all mental health emergencies after clinic hours, contact the Regis College Police Department at 781.768.7777

    Online Services/After Hours Counseling

    All Regis students are welcome to use our Student Assistance Program (formerly called Talk One2One). This Student Assistance Program from AllOne Health provides students with 24/7 instant access to phone counseling with a mental health professional. Students are also able to request in person or video counseling with a private counselor in their community. The university offers students six free sessions with one of these providers.

    For 24/7 "in the moment support" with a mental health professional or to request a counseling referral with the AllOne Health Student Assistance Program call 800.756.3124.​

    To use the Student Assistance Portal below enter code: regissa

  • 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.

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