COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

These FAQs will continue to be updated so please check back for the latest information. 

Will Simmons require all students to be fully vaccinated before they arrive on campus? 

Yes. Students should receive all of their COVID vaccine shots before they arrive on campus. Our goal is to have students be fully vaccinated by the time they arrive, which means two weeks will have passed since their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks past the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In order to achieve this, students should aim to get their first vaccine shot before July 1. 

How should students submit proof of vaccination? 

To enter and upload your COVID-19 vaccine documentation to the patient portal, current students can visit myhealth.simmons.edu. We are currently finalizing a process for incoming students to submit their information. Please contact the Health Center at 617-521-1020 or email [email protected] with questions.

What happens if I’m a student and unable to get a vaccine before I arrive on campus, but agree to get one once I’m here? 

Given the significant increase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution rates, we believe all members of our community should have ample time to become fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. Modifications or arrangements for students, including international students, who are having difficulty accessing one of the vaccines, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

I’m having trouble scheduling a vaccine appointment. Can Simmons help?

All individuals aged sixteen or older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The Commonwealth's mass vaccination sites and 389 CVS locations are offering walk-in vaccinations where appointments are not required. Children's Hospital is also offering COVID-19 vaccines to Simmons students, faculty, and staff. Individuals can register for an appointment by calling 617-919-7102. In addition, you can schedule a vaccination by using vaxfinder.mass.gov or MaCovidVaccines.com. If you are not in Massachusetts, you can visit your state's public health department website or use vaxxmax.com and enter your state and zip code to find open appointments. Uber and Lyft will also make all rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites free to anyone in the U.S. through July 4.

I’m a part time student. Does this mean I’m required to get a COVID vaccine? 

Yes. This requirement applies to all students who participate in face-to-face curricular and co-curricular activities at any of our Boston or remote locations, including all face-to-face classes, immersion weekends, off-site cohorts, and other in-person events at these locations.

I am a commuter student. Does this mean I’m required to get a COVID vaccine? 

Yes. This requirement applies to all students who participate in face-to-face curricular and co-curricular activities at any of our Boston or remote locations, including all face-to-face classes, immersion weekends, off-site cohorts, and other in-person events at these locations.

I am in an online program. Does this mean I’m required to get a COVID vaccine?

Possibly. Students enrolled in an online program who participate in any face-to-face curricular and co-curricular activities at any of our Boston or remote locations, including immersion weekends, off-site cohorts, and other in-person events at these locations, are required to get vaccinated.

Will Simmons faculty and staff also be required to be vaccinated?

Like many universities, we are currently evaluating the possibility of requiring all members of our community to get the vaccine. We will provide additional updates as we have them.

I already had COVID, do I still need to be vaccinated? 

Yes. It is still unknown how much lasting immunity results from a COVID-19 infection, but vaccines provide a safe and reliable method of protection. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

The process and grounds for requesting a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination is the same as it is for other Simmons student vaccination requirements. Please contact the Simmons University Health Center to discuss the reason and process for requesting an exemption.

How can Simmons require me to be vaccinated?

Requiring a COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way for us to continue to ensure the health and safety of our community and all those who interact with it, which has been our top priority throughout this pandemic. These COVID vaccinations have been shown to be extremely effective in preventing serious illness and helping to reduce spread of the virus. In addition, by requiring the vaccine, we are able to provide more clarity about the upcoming academic year and provide the type of vibrant return to campus our community is seeking. This is also the best decision from a public health and community perspective, because it helps to alleviate the fear and anxiety faculty, staff, and students may have about the risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of being on campus.

Will there be a remote option available?

Our plans this fall are that the majority of courses will be scheduled based on their pre-COVID modality. Unless students are enrolled in a fully online program, we are unable to guarantee that courses will be available online. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

I'm an international student and am having trouble accessing a vaccine. What should I do?

International students who have questions can contact the Center for Global Education at [email protected] or (617) 521-2206.

I’m an international student and cannot return to the U.S., what options do I have?

Due to the current nature of international travel and the fluctuating visa availability/restrictions, the Center for Global Engagement will work individually with international students to create a plan based on the student’s circumstance and academic need.  If you are not an F-1 student, but are currently residing outside of the U.S please contact the Center for Global Education at [email protected].

Once I’m vaccinated do I still have to participate in surveillance testing? 

Even with a fully vaccinated community, we anticipate that we will likely need to continue with a COVID-testing program in the fall. Specifics about the type of testing and testing frequency will be finalized based on federal, state and local guidelines. Anyone who may be required to participate in regular testing will receive advance notice with instructions and recommended frequency.

If I have questions about vaccination, who can I speak with? 

Students can email [email protected] with questions.