Vaccination Policy for Students

The 15 Massachusetts community colleges, including Bristol Community College, require all students who have an in-person component, to be fully vaccinated by January 2022. Faculty and staff will also be required to be vaccinated.


Students registering for face-to-face and/or hybrid courses for Wintersession or Spring semester will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination prior to registration.

If you wish to come to campus for services beginning January 2022, you will need to show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.


Massachusetts Community College System COVID-19
Vaccine Policy for Students

Read the full policy HERE

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The Student Vaccination Policy applies to:

  • All full-time and part-time students who access a Bristol location for any reason, including taking credit and non-credit courses with some face-to-face component, regardless of the location of the course (e.g. clinical site, high school). (Guidelines for dual enrollment students will be provided within one week.)
  • Students who are required by program or activity to be vaccinated as a condition of participation (e.g. athletics, healthcare programs, clinical placements) even if they do not access a college location. Some programs may require proof of vaccination prior to January.
  • Students who are accessing college locations on a routine and regular basis for in-person services, such as tutoring, computer labs or clubs and events, will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Please continue to check your email for further details regarding this requirement.  

The Student Vaccination Policy does not apply to:

  • Students who are taking only online courses, whether full-time or part-time, credit or non-credit, and who will not routinely access a college location for any reason, including for instruction, advising, library services, activities, clubs, and/or other purposes.

Students who want an in-person component beginning in Jan. 2022:

  • Get vaccinated: You will have to upload proof of being fully vaccinated PRIOR to registering for your classes.  
  • Upload your COVID-19 vaccination card: Proof of vaccination must be securely submitted by uploading your COVID-19 vaccination card through the Bristol Mobile App. The COVID-19 vaccination card must include both vaccinations for Moderna and Pfizer or one Johnson & Johnson vaccination. After you have uploaded your card, you will receive an email confirming that your upload was successful and you are able to register for classes. This process could take up to one hour. Visit Bristolcc.edu/BristolVaxUp for more information and instructions if you are not able to use the mobile app. 

$200 when you upload your COVID-19 vaccination card by Nov. 28!

We are extending our special “thank you" program, which began in July, and increasing the incentive to $200 for all students who become fully vaccinated and upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards to the Bristol App by the new deadline of November 28, 2021. Remember, registration for Wintersession is open and registration for Spring 2022 opens November 17. You can’t register for in-person classes until your vaccination card is uploaded. 


Reasonable Accommodations

Please take the time to read the Student Vaccination Policy carefully. Remember, online students who do not need to go to any of the campuses in person are not required to get vaccinated.

Students who are unable to submit verification of full vaccination status may seek a reasonable accommodation in order to comply with the Student Vaccination Policy.

Please refer to the Student Vaccination Policy prior to requesting a reasonable accommodation.

Do not delay or you may not be able to register for upcoming classes in a timely manner. 

Please submit this application as soon as possible to allow adequate time for review and consideration. Students will not be permitted to register for in-person classes while an accommodation request is pending. It is important to plan accordingly.

  • Any requests for reasonable accommodations, including requests to be exempt from vaccine requirements for medical or religious reasons, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance and the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity.   
  • This process requires a detailed application and, in some cases, supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
  • Due to the individualized nature of the review process, it may take several weeks for a decision to be made about a student’s ability to receive a reasonable accommodation. 
  • The accommodation will only be granted if it does not create an undue hardship for the college and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in a learning and working environment.
  • Requests must be submitted through the Student Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or they will not be processed. Each situation will be evaluated individually. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the Massachusetts Community College Student Vaccine Policy FAQs


Your safety is our top priority.   

The 15 Massachusetts community colleges did not make this decision lightly and took many considerations into place with your health and safety at the top of the list. The colleges decided that a Student Vaccination Policy was in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and community based on the high number of new cases of COVID-19 in unvaccinated populations, the increased availability of vaccines in our community, the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food & Drug Administration’s full and pending approval of available vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and highly effective at preventing infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death. The CDC has excellent resources and information for you to review. To date, Bristol has not had any transmissions at any of our campuses that we know of. This is due to the strict protocols and standards we follow – and the ongoing cooperation of our students, faculty and staff

 

Link to Employee Vaccination Policy