Important Vaccination Booster Information
The following letter was sent to students on December 9, 2021 regarding the COVID-19 vaccination booster.
The Saint Mary’s COVID-19 Operations Team has been monitoring the long-term protection of the first round of vaccines, taking into consideration the forecasting of national, state, and local health officials, as well as the data and trends from our campus community. We are also closely watching the public health effectiveness of an additional dose of the vaccine. Based on this research, we have made the decision to extend the current vaccine requirements for enrollment to include the COVID vaccine booster. Saint Mary’s students must provide proof of their booster by February 28, 2022*.
This requirement applies to students who live on campus, as well as those with off-campus housing who take in-person classes or use any of the College’s on-campus services. If you previously received an exemption from the COVID vaccination and it is still active, you do not need to reapply for an exemption from the booster.
In a couple of weeks many of you will gather to celebrate holidays with loved ones. While you are not required to get the booster before leaving campus for the winter break, everyone who attended our vaccination clinic earlier this year is now eligible to receive the extra dose if you choose to do so. Having the booster before you travel can provide added protection for you and those with whom you come into contact. We have created a resource page on the All Together website where you can find locations near campus to schedule your booster, along with other information pertaining to this extended requirement.
If you have already received an additional vaccine, please enter the date of your booster into Medicat, our medical records system. Everyone will need to enter their information prior to February 28, 2022*.
If, after reading the information on the resource page, you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for doing your part to keep Saint Mary’s, our tri-campus community, and the greater region healthy!
Gloria Roldan Jenkins
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Chair, COVID Response Team
Director, Health and Counseling Center
*Some students might not be eligible to receive a booster before the required deadline. If you received your second Pfizer or Moderna dose less than 6 months before February 28, 2022, or a Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than 2 months before this date, you are required to contact the Health and Counseling Center to determine your deadline to submit proof of the booster.