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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Wentworth Institute of Technology is preparing a fall semester experience that begins to restore the pre-pandemic normalcy that we all enjoyed. By September, we expect to fully resume all in-person learning in classes, labs, and studios, a normal academic calendar that includes spring break, and fully engaging residential, athletic, co-curricular, club, and student life experiences. In short, we are excited to continue to strengthen our educational, social, and emotional connections to one another.  

The COVID-19 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 university community will 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.  

We will be monitoring all public health data and guidelines carefully and making planning adjustments as needed. We'll continue to provide more details as they become available throughout the summer leading into fall.    

Student Vaccine Requirements 

Like increasing numbers of colleges and universities in Boston, in the state, and across the country, Wentworth will require all students accessing campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus in September. We are requiring this measure for students 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.  

Strongly Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccines for Faculty, Staff, and Contractors  

Wentworth is strongly encouraging all faculty, staff, and contractors to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible and before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Many in our community are fully vaccinated and many others are in the process of doing so.  

Resources for Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine 

All individuals 16 or older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible.  

In Massachusetts, individuals can access and schedule an appointment through vaxfinder.mass.gov or MaCovidVaccines.com.  

To obtain your vaccination outside of Massachusetts, view the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. You may schedule an out-of-state appointment via the CDC vaccination page. You do not have to obtain your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the same location as your first vaccination. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.

Timeline for Getting Your Vaccine  

We are requiring students to be fully vaccinated by August 14, 2021. Additional details about how to submit proof of vaccination will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

Below is a timeline to help you plan your COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Please make your appointments well in advance to ensure you will be fully vaccinated by the August 14 deadline.  

To be fully vaccinated by the August 14 deadline:  

Pfizer–BioNTech Vaccine  

First dose by July 10  

Second dose by July 31  

Moderna Vaccine  

First dose by July 3  

Second dose by July 31  

Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine  

Single dose by July 31  

Reach full immunity by August 14, 2021  

Exemption to Vaccine Policy and Questions  

Wentworth will provide information about where to upload supporting documentation for students qualifying for a medical or religious exemption under the COVID-19 vaccine policy. Questions may be directed to immunizations@wit.edu.  

Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for additional information around vaccine-related questions.

Wentworth will continue to communicate to the community as we finalize details for the upcoming fall semester. We're highly optimistic about the coming school year and appreciate your partnership in keeping our community healthy, safe, and vibrant. Your vigilance, cooperation, and adherence to all our community’s safety protocols has made all the difference.