Fall COVID Vaccine Requirement

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

To the MMA Buccaneers,

The Massachusetts State University system is joining a growing number of colleges and universities across the country and Commonwealth requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they attend in-person classes this fall.

Prior to the beginning of the fall semester and following state, federal and legal guidance, the Massachusetts State Universities will require all students to be fully immunized before returning to campus. 

This requires undergraduate and graduate students who are attending in-person classes, conducting research on campus (and associated campus buildings), living in dormitories, or participating in campus life activities to become fully inoculated/vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. The state university presidents expect that all employees also will be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester.  

At Massachusetts Maritime Academy, we look forward to cadets returning to a fall semester that will include an experience primarily consisting of in-person classes, more in-person gatherings, multiple-occupancy rooms in our dorms, athletics competitions, and more. We also want to be part of the solution to ending this pandemic, just as our campus has played a meaningful role in containing the spread of the virus.

We realize this announcement may prompt questions and therefore, have created an FAQ, which is available below. It will be updated as more information becomes available. 

You have been truly remarkable in helping to keep our COVID-19 on-campus case count relatively low, and we remain grateful for your commitment to the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your continued cooperation to protect yourself and your fellow shipmates. 


Jeffrey Cukor, MD, FACEP 
Academy Physician

Ed Rozak, CMDRE, MMA 
Vice President Student Services


Religious and medical exemptions will be reviewed and granted following the same exemption procedures universities utilize in the case of other vaccination requirements consistent with state law.


  • Cadets should contact the MMA Medical Services at: nurse@maritime.edu
  • Staff/Faculty should contact Human Resources at: ebenway@maritime.edu


To the extent possible, universities will work with unvaccinated students to meet their needs and enable them to continue their education in pursuit of their degree. The university requires all students attending in-person classes, living in campus housing, participating in on-campus activities, or accessing on-campus facilities to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus, unless they qualify for an exemption.  Please contact nurse@maritime.edu for more information.

Due to the length of time it takes to become fully vaccinated, students are encouraged to schedule vaccine appointments as soon as possible. It is recommended students get their first dose of a two-dose vaccine by July 1st to be prepared for returning to campus in the fall. 

Resources for doing so include:

The State Universities have requested a supply of COVID-19 vaccinations for use on campus. Please continue to check back for more information and updates.


Students will be asked to submit copies of their official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to MMA Medical Services (email nurse@maritime.edu) to attend in-person classes, participate in athletics and other campus activities, and move into residence halls.

Currently, everyone is still required to wear a mask while on campus, even if they are fully vaccinated. We will evaluate the need for mask wearing in the fall and adapt the protocols according to the data and recommendations of federal, state and local guidance. At this time, all fully vaccinated individuals who plan to be on campus must continue to adhere to public health protocols related to masks, physical distancing, gathering limitations, COVID-19 testing protocols, staying home when sick, and quarantine/isolation. Campus health and safety protocols will be updated for the fall semester and any new or updated protocols will be shared before the fall semester begins.

No, at this time visitors will not be allowed in the dormitories.

All visitors are welcome to campus and will be required to comply with all COVID health and safety protocols. Visitor policies will be updated based on public health guidelines.

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.


Students should plan to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus for the fall semester. If these requirements are not met, you are not considered fully vaccinated. Those not in compliance will be unable to move in or take part in in-person learning and other in-person activities, unless they qualify for an exemption.

All students engaging in on-campus life or activities must be vaccinated, unless they qualify for an exemption.

Yes, students need to be fully vaccinated even if they have previously had COVID-19.

We will evaluate the need for surveillance testing in the fall and adapt the testing protocols according to the data and recommendations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Vaccines that were received outside of the United States and have not yet been authorized by the FDA or WHO will be reviewed and accepted following the CDC and state public health guidance. Please check with campus health services for further guidance.

Yes.  In accordance with the CDC and state guidance, all individuals who test positive for the virus, even without symptoms, are treated as active cases, and will need to be isolated immediately and regular contact tracing protocol will occur.

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