COVID-19 Booster FAQs

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

Will Simmons require students to get a COVID-19 booster vaccination for the spring semester?

Yes. ​​Simmons will require a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for all campus-based undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled on our campus during the spring semester. Students should get their COVID-19 booster by January 18, 2022 or 14 days after they become eligible for the booster. Individuals become eligible for a booster six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, and two months after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose.

Will Simmons faculty and staff also require faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 booster for the spring semester?

Yes, We are requiring all campus-based employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster.  Faculty and staff should get their COVID-19 booster by January 18, 2022 or 14 days after they become eligible for the booster. Individuals become eligible for a booster six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, and two months after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose.

How do I know if I am eligible to get a booster shot?

For Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, you are eligible for a booster 6 months after completion of your second dose. For the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, you are eligible for a booster two months after receipt of the initial Johnson & Johnson dose. The CDC has said it is okay for your booster shot to come from a different manufacturer than your original dose.

If I already received an approved medical or religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption do I have to reapply for a booster exemption?

No. This requirement does not apply to individuals previously granted a religious or medical COVID-19 vaccine exemption. 

How should I submit proof of my COVID booster?

Students and employees can update their booster information in the same place you added your original vaccine information. Students will upload their booster information to myhealth.simmons.edu. Employees will upload their booster information on their Workday profile under "Overview" and "Additional Data".

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

While we hope everyone who is eligible will get their booster during the winter break, Simmons is looking into the possibility of hosting an on-campus clinic in the spring semester. Please be on the lookout for more details about a potential clinic in the coming days.

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

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 booster?

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 booster?

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 the booster when they are eligible.

I already had COVID, do I still need to get the booster?

Yes. However, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure what treatments you received, if you are eligible for the booster, or if you have more questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

Students can request a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination using the same process and grounds used for other Simmons student vaccination requirements. Please contact the Simmons University Health Center to discuss the reason and process for requesting an exemption.

Faculty and staff with a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude them from getting vaccinated should consult with Human Resources at [email protected] to request an exemption.

How can Simmons require me to get a COVID booster?

Requiring a COVID-19 booster 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. 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 booster, we are able to provide more clarity about the spring semester 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 in the spring?

Our focus continues to be ensuring a vibrant on campus living and learning experience for our campus-based programs this spring.  Unless students are enrolled in a fully online program, we are unable to guarantee that courses will be available online.
Students who need to request a disability-related accommodation should contact OAS. All Simmons students with a documented diagnosis are welcome to complete the steps to become formally registered with OAS. The following is information about the OAS registration process and requirements. Students can find comprehensive information about how to register with OAS on our website. Documentation requirements and criteria are discussed on the Register with Accessibility Services page. In order to register with OAS, students must provide documentation of their diagnosis/disability which meets these documentation requirements and criteria.

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

International students who have questions can contact the Center for Global Education at [email protected] or +1(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 receive a COVID booster, do I still have to participate in surveillance testing?

Yes, we will require weekly testing for faculty, staff and students coming to campus.  We will continue to evaluate this policy throughout the semester.

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

Students can contact the Simmons Health Center at [email protected]. Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider with any questions.