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


For the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose. For the J&J vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the single dose. If these requirements are not met, you are not considered fully vaccinated. Students should plan 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.

We encourage you to schedule your vaccine appointment as soon as you are able. Resources for doing so include:

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is not able to provide the vaccine on campus at this time and encourage students, staff, and faculty to seek it through local resources or your primary care physician. 


You should receive a vaccination card that indicates which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Please take a picture of your card and upload it into the student health portal or email a photo to: nurse@maritime.edu, being sure to clearly indicate your name and which vaccine you received.

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 (daily Campus Clear symptom reporting), quarantine/isolation, and others. 

Now that all cadets will be vaccinated before the start of the next academic year, some of our campus health and safety protocols will be updated for the fall semester. These protocols will be shared in August before the fall semester begins. Massachusetts Maritime Academy will continue to follow the state guidance and safety standards.

New students

New students are required to adhere to traditional immunization requirements in addition to this COVID-19 requirement. If you are a new student and need additional immunizations to meet the new student immunization requirements (other than COVID-19), you will need to wait at least 14 days after completing your COVID-19 vaccine series to get those vaccines. You are not able to get a different vaccine or immunization within 14 days of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. For these details, please visit: https://www.maritime.edu/accepted-students   

All vaccines and immunizations must be administered prior to the start of freshman orientation. All incoming students are required to show proof of vaccination. This is accomplished by taking a picture of your vaccination card and uploading it into the student health portal, at: https://patient-maritime.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx or email a photo to: nurse@maritime.edu, being sure to clearly indicate your name and which vaccine you received.

International COVID vaccines

Vaccines that were received outside of the United States will be reviewed and accepted following the CDC and state public health guidance. Students who are not residents of Massachusetts but will be in Massachusetts for school have access to the COVID-19 vaccine here.  

The Academy will continue to follow local and state public health and safety guidelines. It is anticipated that we will still be wearing masks in public spaces, and physical distancing requirements and restrictions on gathering sizes are possible. Our health and safety protocols for the fall semester will be announced in August.

If you have questions about how the vaccine relates to your health, please contact your primary care provider or MMA health services at: nurse@maritime.edu

Fully inoculated is considered 14 days after the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Yes, if other vaccines are approved, they will be included in the options for achieving full vaccination as defined by the CDC/FDA upon their approval for use.  Updates for continued immunity may also need to be incorporated.

It is not anticipated that MMA will have an on-line only option in the fall.

Our staff and employees are an important part of campus safety and have shown immense dedication to this effort. It is expected that all employees will also be fully vaccinated prior to the Fall 2021 semester.


We do not fully know all the allowances at this time, but look forward to fewer on-campus limitations and anticipate a greater ability to conduct events, create an enjoyable and more open environment, and maintain the most robust, hands-on, educational experience possible.


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


The MMA Campus visitor policy will be updated accordingly.

Campus Visitor Policy

If you have medical or health related questions surrounding COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your medical provider or the MMA Health Services at: nurse@maritime.edu

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