Fall COVID Vaccine Requirement

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

To the MMA Buccaneers,­­­­

As you know, the Massachusetts State University system like thousands of colleges and universities across the country and Commonwealth is 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 authorized  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 have been busy preparing for a full return of our cadets this fall for a semester that will include in-person classes, more in-person gatherings, multiple-occupancy rooms in our dorms, athletics competitions, and more. We are proud 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 understand that some cadets and families have questions, resulting from this decision, and therefore, have created an FAQ, which is available below. It will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation to protect yourself and your fellow shipmates. We cannot wait to have you back on campus!


Jeffrey Cukor, MD, FACEP 
Academy Physician

Shannon M. Finning, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Services


In order to attend Orientation you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the check-in date of August 14. Being fully vaccinated means that it has been 14 days since a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Please view the chart below for guidance on the timing of vaccination in order to meet the vaccination requirement.

Vaccine Last day for dose 1 Last day for dose 2
Pfizer (12 years and up) July 10 July 31
Moderna (18 and up) July 3 July 31
J & J (18 and up) July 31 N/A (single dose only)

If you are under the age of 18 the only vaccine that you can receive at this time is the Pfizer vaccine.

You will not be allowed to attend Orientation unless you have submitted proof of being fully vaccinated.

General Return For Classes: Must have received  the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson no later than 8/17 for an 8/31 campus arrival.

Vaccine Last day for dose 1 Last day for dose 2
Pfizer (12 years and up) July 27 August 17
Moderna (18 and up) July 20 August 17
J & J (18 and up) August 17 N/A (single dose only)

Cadre and Athletes: Must have received the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson no later than 14 days prior to report date. For cadre this will be: 7/24.

Vaccine Last day for dose 1 Last day for dose 2
Pfizer (12 years and up) July 3 July 24
Moderna (18 and up) June 26 July 24
J & J (18 & up) July 24 N/A (single dose only)


Religious and medical exemption requests will be considered.

  • 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. The Academy requires all students attending in-person classes, living in campus housing, participating in athletics or  other 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.

If you would like assistance scheduling your vaccination appointment(s), please visit:

You may also contact Health Services for assistance in possible vaccine opportunities on campus.


Students must 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.

Masks may have a limited role on campus in certain circumstances or offices, however, in general masking will not be broadly required across the campus for fully vaccinated individuals.  Campus health and safety protocols will be updated as needed based on campus and community conditions.

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: 

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


Yes, students do need to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus for the fall semester. Those not in compliance will be unable to move in or take part in in-person learning and other in-person activities, unless they have been approved for an exemption.

All students engaging in on-campus life or activities must be vaccinated, unless they have been approved 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.  It is our expectation that extensive testing in vaccinated individuals without symptoms will not be necessary.

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 contact Health Services at nurse@maritime.edu 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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