Student Vaccine Requirements
Everything You Need to Know
In order to keep maintain campus operations safely and effectively, Wentworth has required that 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. This is 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.
In order to accomplish this safely and effectively, Wentworth is requiring that 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. This is 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.
Incoming students seeking to waive the Meningococcal vaccine requirement must read this documentation, then print and sign the waiver and upload to your CastleBranch account in lieu of the Meningococcal vaccine document.
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.
Submit Your Proof of Vaccination
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 $35 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.
There are Wentworth specific instructions for students to submit vaccination information on the CastleBranch portal. Be sure to follow the instructions that are applicable to your status.
*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*
Incoming students can access the CastleBranch portal and upload their COVID-19 vaccine and booster documentation as well as the vaccine documentation required by the state of Massachusetts for all undergraduate and graduate students under the age of 30 including:
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal (for students under the age of 21)
Deadlines for Immunization Submissions
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.
Incoming Students Deadline
Wentworth will require all students to demonstrate - via CastleBranch - that they have received all required immunizations by August 1st, 2022.
Resources for Getting Your Vaccine
All individuals five or older are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible.
In Massachusetts, individuals can pre-register for an appointment at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites. Additionally, 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 the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at the same location as your first vaccination.
Timeline for Getting Your Vaccine
All students were required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. Students beginning at Wentworth for any of the upcoming semesters are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted and upload their documentation to be able to move onto campus and/or begin classes.
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 & Johnson vaccine and having allowed for two weeks post-vaccine.
Exemption to Vaccine Policy and Questions
In cases of exemption to the university vaccine policy, students are able to upload exemption documentation into their CastleBranch account. Medical exemption letters must come from a medical doctor. Religious exemption letters much come from a student (or a parent or legal guardian for students under age 18) and note that medical vaccines conflict with deeply held religious beliefs.
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 surveillance 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.