COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Masks are required for all campuses and any location offering BHCC classes.

Vaccination is required for all Spring 2022 on campus classes and for any student coming to campus to access services. Students must submit vaccination documentation before they can register for an on-campus course.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy of the Massachusetts Community College System for Students announced November 1, 2021

A student policy on COVID-19 vaccination is effective for all 15 community colleges for the Spring 2022 semester. Community Colleges, in general require students to access campuses and enrolling in face-to-face or hybrid classes need to provide written proof of full vaccination.

View memo, policy and FAQ including information on the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form - see below.

Student Vaccine Policy FAQ

As of November 1, 2021

If you register for courses with any on-campus component or if you plan on coming to campus beginning in January 2022– including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services – you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status. BHCC’s full vaccination policy is online at bhcc.edu/covidvaccines.

The community colleges are following the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

Please pay close attention to the type of vaccine that you receive and its timing schedule to ensure you are fully vaccinated in time to register for, and attend classes, if you seek to enroll in face-to-face and/or hybrid courses or to access campus for any reason.

This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (such as AstraZeneca/Oxford). More information is available at Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

If you register for courses with any on-campus component or if you plan on coming to campus in the spring – including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services – you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

If you register for courses that meet only online and will not be coming to campus for any in-person activities in the Spring, including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services, you do not need to provide documentation of your vaccination status, unless it is required by your program or activity (ex. athletics, healthcare program, clinical placement).

If, after the start of the semester, you would like to come to campus to access college services and facilities, you will be required to provide written proof of your official record of vaccination status before coming to campus.

Priority Deadline: To be sure you can register for your in-person classes and activities, including internships, clinicals, and work-study employment before the end of the fall semester, please have your vaccination documentation submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Final Deadline: To be able to register for your in-person classes and activities, including internships, clinicals, and work-study employment, you must submit documentation of your fully vaccinated status no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022. If you do not have documentation submitted by that time, you will have the option to take online courses.

BHCC Students should submit their documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the online COVID-19 Vaccination Form (https://bhcccentral.etrieve.cloud/#/form/118). Acceptable documentation includes an image of your vaccination card or a print out of a medical record showing the dates and type of vaccine you received. Please be sure that the attached image of your documentation is clear and shows your name, as well as your vaccination information. Please watch our video tutorial for instructions or contact Student Central for help at studentcentral@bhcc.edu.

Your documentation will be reviewed within two business days of being submitted. When your information has been reviewed and approved, you will see the COVID-19 Immunization Form appear with a status of received in your BHCC Next Steps Checklist. If you submit a card showing documentation of only your first shot of a two-shot series (ex.Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), your COVID-19 Form will be marked “Incomplete” until updated documentation showing both shots is received.

Please note that the attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other student records.

No. At this time, students must have their vaccination information submitted to BHCC to register for in-person classes for the Spring 2022 semester absent an approved reasonable accommodation allowing them to do so.

If you are a high school student taking college classes at your high school and do not come to campus for class, you must follow any vaccine policies set by your school and are not subject to the college’s vaccination policy unless there is a separate agreement. If however you are accessing the college campus for any reason, including meeting with college staff or accessing the college’s library, you must show proof of full vaccination status.

Students who are unvaccinated may take courses with no on-campus component and access services remotely. Students may also request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if the student is eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.

In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

Reasonable accommodation requests should be submitted through the online Reasonable Accommodation Request Form. Please be sure to upload any supporting documentation to the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form.

Please note that the process to determine reasonable accommodations is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. Thus, if you are seeking a reasonable accommodation for Spring 2022, please submit your requests before December 17, 2021 to allow time for the review process. Documentation received after January 10, 2022 may not be considered in time for the start of the Spring 2022 semester. Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy.

You will not be allowed to attend class or access campus without submitting written proof of an official record of full vaccination and unless you have an approved reasonable accommodation you may be administratively withdrawn or, if possible, transferred into a class with no in-person component.

If you are in this situation, please email Advising at advising@bhcc.edu for help in determining your best path forward. There may be an alternative program that will work for you.

Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated.