COVID-19 Update from Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Posted: October 8, 2021

The Fall semester is underway with in-person learning, a full athletic schedule, and broad extra-curricular programming.

The MMA Community has focused on creating a safe and maximally operational campus and is proud to share:

98.8% fully vaccinated student population
100% fully vaccinated residential population
100% fully vaccinated athletic team members & coaches
Over 98% fully vaccinated employee population
100% fully vaccinated campus contractor employees 

All visitors to campus must have proof of full vaccination status.

Cadet and employee COVID-19 testing continues to be available on campus and anyone with symptoms or an exposure should please communicate with Health Services.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,

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.

Students approved for a religious or medical waiver from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are required to be masked at all times on campus and must adhere to further instructions articulated by Health Services and the Vice President for Student Services.

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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