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Immunization Compliance Information

Wentworth is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of the entire University and the community that surrounds our campus. We know that the vaccinations are effective and the best way for us to ensure an engaging in-person experience for our students.

Incoming students will receive an email early may indicating they should submit required vaccinations by August 1st, 2022. 

 

*Please do not create a CastleBranch account until sent specific instructions on how to create an account that are specific to Wentworth and different the CastleBranch website*

 

Deadlines for Immunization Submissions

  1. May 15

    Incoming Students Information

    Incoming students will receive information via email on how to create a CastleBranch account and upload vaccination documents to their CastleBranch account. 

  2. Aug 01

    Incoming Students Deadline

    Wentworth will require all students to demonstrate - via CastleBranch - that they have received all required immunizations by August 1st, 2022. 

  • Create a CastleBranch Account 

    Click HERE to create a CastleBranch account: https://wit.edu/sites/default/files/2022-04/WT33incoming.fall2022.pdf

    If you have not created a CastleBranch account, please refer to the Wentworth Vaccine website for more information on uploading your vaccine information.

    To support a seamless vaccine compliance process for our students, Wentworth is using CastleBranch, an independent compliance company working with many colleges and universities, to provide a HIPPA-compliant, vaccine portal. Creation of an account has a one-time $43 fee This portal will allow our students to upload all their medical vaccine documentation and to access their medical vaccine records at any time in the future if they need these documents for work, travel, or additional schools of higher education.

    *If you or your family are experiencing financial hardship which impacts your ability to meet the onetime fee, please contact immunizations@wit.edu for assistance. If you would like information about additional financial hardship resources available to Wentworth students, click here*

  • COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Requirement

    Public health experts advise that COVID-19 booster shots are critical to enhancing immunity and public health. Accordingly, Wentworth will require all students — who are eligible for the booster — to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot.

  • Incoming and Transfer Students Immunization Requirements

    Incoming students will access the CastleBranch portal and upload the vaccine documentation required by the state of Massachusetts for all undergraduate and graduate students under the age of 30 including:

    • MMR                          
    • Varicella                    
    • Tdap                          
    • Hepatitis B                
    • Meningococcal (for students under the age of 21) 

    In addition, all undergraduate and graduate students will upload the COVID-19 vaccine documentation required by Wentworth.

  • Exemptions to Immunizations

    The only exceptions to this requirement are for those with approved religious or medical exemptions. If you have been approved for an exemption, you do not need to do anything at this time.

    Students seeking medical or religious exemptions to the required vaccines should upload that documentation to the CastleBranch portal for approval. Students with exemptions to vaccines should be aware that in the event of a positive screening for, or exposure to, an infectious disease, you will be excluded from campus access for the duration of the contagious period.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Students

  • Will Wentworth require all students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19?

    Wentworth will require all students who are living on campus or registered for classes or coop, or coming to campus for activities, athletics, events, or any other kind of anticipated on-campus presence during the academic year to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Only students who are on leaves of absence and students studying in fully online programs are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Why is Wentworth requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

    We are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our entire university and the community that surrounds us, particularly those among us at increased risk for severe illness from the virus. The vaccinations are effective and the best way for us to ensure that we can create the most engaging and rewarding experience for everyone this fall. A fully vaccinated student population will help to prevent severe infections and long-term adverse health effects of COVID-19, reduce transmission of COVID-19 at the university and in the Boston community, and create a safer and more secure community by alleviating anxiety for those fearful of the virus.

  • Are students enrolled in co-ops required to be fully vaccinated and boosted?

    Yes, all Wentworth students are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. Students enrolled in co-ops will be a part of the campus community during the academic year and are expected to be fully vaccinated.

  • Are returning students required to submit their COVID-19 vaccines?

    Yes, returning students are required to submit their COVID-19 vaccines and be fully vaccinated and boosted. Students have the OPTION to submit their other medical vaccines to the CastleBranch platform but should select NO if they do not wish to upload these documents.

  • Will Wentworth require all students to obtain a COVID-19 booster?

    Yes, Wentworth will require all students to have a COVID-19 booster.

    Public health experts advise that COVID-19 booster shots are critical to enhancing immunity and public health. Accordingly, Wentworth will require all students — who are eligible for the booster — to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot.

    The only exceptions to this requirement are for those with approved religious or medical exemptions. If you have been approved for an exemption, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you have not created a CastleBranch account, please refer to the Wentworth Vaccine website for more information on uploading your vaccine information.

  • Can students seek an exemption to medical vaccines?

    Yes, students are able to upload exemption documentation into their CastleBranch account. Medical exemption letters must come from a medical doctor. Religious exemption letters must come from a student (or a parents for students under age 18) and note that medical vaccines conflict with deeply held religious beliefs.

  • What protocols will unvaccinated students with exemptions need to follow?

    Wentworth will follow the guidance of the CDC and the medical community for unvaccinated individuals. As of July 2021. This includes wearing masks inside campus buildings and regular survallience testing for COVID-19. In the event an unvaccinated student tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact, the student will be excluded from campus until their infectious period ends.

  • Can I just email Wentworth my vaccine records?

    No, email is not a secure form of communication and Wentworth does not have an internal HIPPA compliant platform in place to collect all students immunization records. Students will set up an account with CastleBranch for their medical vaccines and exemption documentation.

  • Where should I direct questions about issues with my CastleBranch account if I chose the wrong platform, cannot recall my login, need to confirm my documents were approved, etc?

    Any questions related to vaccine documents, approvals, login issues, etc should be directed to CastleBranch. The Service Desk is available to assist you via phone, chat and email Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-8:00 pm & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. & Sunday 10am- 6:30pm EST 888-723-4263 or servicedesk.cu@castlebranch.com.

  • I am a returning student and uploaded my COVID-19 documents and I received an email from CastleBranch noting my other vaccines are incomplete, I thought these were optional?

    If you are a returning student and received a message that you are missing vaccines, other than COVID-19, then you selected YES when asked if you would like to submit the other vaccines. Please go back into your account and select NO if you do not wish to upload the optional vaccines.

  • What happens if I choose not to submit my required vaccines?

    Most of the vaccines (or approved exemptions) are required by the state of Massachusetts before beginning the school year. The COVID-19 vaccine (or approved exemption) is required for all Wentworth students. Students who do not submit their documentation will be unable to begin classes and/or move into the residence halls.

  • What COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States?

    Currently, if you live in the U.S. you must receive one of the following vaccines in order to meet Wentworth’s fully vaccinated requirement:

    • Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 3 weeks apart)
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 4 weeks apart)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (one dose)
  • How do I get vaccinated and boosted?

    If you are living in Massachusetts and wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please pre-register at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when you are eligible to schedule an appointment at one of the state’s current mass vaccination locations. All individuals sixteen or older – including students – who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

    If you are living outside Massachusetts, but in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers links to a nationwide VaccineFinder as well as to your state’s Department of Health.

    If you are living outside the U.S., please check your local and national public health agency.

  • Will Wentworth host vaccine clinics for students?

    Wentworth has provided on-site vaccine clinics for faculty, staff and students. If Wentworth is able to offer additional vaccine clinics for students, emails will be sent out to students providing information.

  • What does it mean to be “fully” vaccinated?

    According to CDC guidelines, being “fully” vaccinated means having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and having allowed for two weeks post-vaccine

  • When do I need to be fully vaccinated and boosted?

    All students should plan to be fully vaccinated and boosted before beginning next semester on campus. This timeline includes both the administration of the necessary COVID-19 vaccinations in addition to two-week post vaccine as per CDC guidance. Below is information to help you plan your COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 

  • How do I seek an exemption under Wentworth’s required COVID-19 vaccine policy for students?

    Wentworth will be adhering to exemption guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Health that are in place for other vaccines.

    Medical exemptions (statement from a physician stating that a vaccine is medically contraindicated for a student) must be renewed annually at the start of the school year.

    Religious exemptions (statement from a student or parent/guardian if the student is <18 years of age, stating that a vaccine is against sincerely held religious beliefs) should be renewed annually at the start of the school year.

  • What happens if a student does not meet the deadline to become fully vaccinated and boosted?

    If a student, not otherwise exempt, does not meet the deadline for becoming fully vaccinated and boosted before the start of the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters, the student will not be able access campus, classes, or coops until the student can demonstrate they are fully vaccinated and boosted. 

  • If I have had the COVID-19 virus, does that mean I need to get vaccinated and boosted?

    Yes, students should be vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with COVID-19 again.

  • Are Wentworth faculty, staff, and contractors required to be fully vaccinated and boosted?

    Wentworth is requiring all faculty, staff, and contractors to become fully vaccinated and boosted. Many have already been vaccinated and boosted, and we anticipate that the vast majority of faculty, staff, and contractors will be fully vaccinated and boosted by the beginning of the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters, given the public health importance of having all community members be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We are also working to assist our employees in securing their vaccines including supporting upcoming clinics.

  • Once I am vaccinated, do I still need to continue participating in Wentworth’s surveillance testing program?

    As of June, yes, available vaccines prevent serious illness and death; however, vaccination does not prevent infection or prevent you from passing the virus on to others

  • How should international students plan and prepare to be fully vaccinated and boosted?

    Wentworth understands that international students face differing circumstances regarding obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination in their home countries. The University is aware that COVID-19 vaccinations may not be readily available in some countries. Wentworth has developed a plan for international students to have the ability to be vaccinated once in the United States, if an international student has not already been fully vaccinated and boosted before arrival. International students with questions should contact immunizations@wit.edu

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