COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Students
Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group has released guidance that residential colleges and universities should do everything possible to ensure very high levels of vaccination (at least 80% and ideally above 90%) on their campuses.
During the fall semester, over 98% of Lesley faculty and staff and over 96% of students authorized to be on campus were fully vaccinated against COVID-19; all others had approved exemptions.
We are requiring all Lesley undergraduate and graduate students who will be on campus for any reason to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. As of December 23, 2021, we updated our COVID-19 vaccine requirements to require all students studying on campus to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine booster once eligible. Information is available at vaxfinder.mass.gov for Massachusetts locations offering vaccine boosters.
Due to the eligibility criteria, there will be a rolling deadline for obtaining the vaccine booster. All individuals who are eligible to receive a booster on or before January 15, 2022, must comply by February 15, 2022. Individuals who are eligible after January 15, 2022, will have 30 days from their date of eligibility to comply with this policy.
All previously approved medical and religious accommodations specific to COVID-19 vaccination will apply to the vaccine booster requirement. Students should contact the Dean of Students and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources with any changes or questions.