COVID-19 Vaccinations

Framingham State University joined the rest of the Massachusetts State University System, as well as many colleges around the country, in requiring that all students, faculty and staff get the COVID19 vaccine in order to live, learn or work on campus. Furthermore, due to the outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron variant, the State University System is also requiring that all students, faculty and staff get a booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible.

The safety of our community is our highest priority, which is why we are taking these important steps. They also allow us to offer a traditional schedule of in-person classes and activities in addition to online and hybrid options for both residential and commuter student populations.

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Why is FSU requiring the vaccine?

This is a vital step for our community in order to offer a traditional schedule of in-person classes and activities. The vaccines have proven safe and effective, according to public health experts and agencies around the world, including the CDC, and they are now widely available across the country for anyone 6 months of age or older.

How can I schedule a vaccine appointment?

Resources for doing so include:

Mass.gov
Massachusetts Immunizations (will search vaccine clinics based on your location and availability)
CVS
Walgreens

How do you know the vaccines are safe and effective?

The COVID-19 vaccine saves lives. It's the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our community. Learn more about vaccine safety, how it was developed, and how it works at the following sites:

Massachusetts Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax

CDC COVID19 Vaccine Safety: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

No. The vaccine is being provided free of charge to all individuals by the federal government. However, the state sites may still ask for insurance information to cover administrative fees, which are billed directly to and paid for by your insurance.

Do I also need to receive a booster shot?

Yes, the University is also requiring everyone to get a booster shot to provide further protection to members of our community. Everyone must get their booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible.

When do I become eligible for a booster shot?

Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive their booster shots six months after getting their second Pfizer or Moderna shots, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Are there exemptions to the vaccine mandate?

Religious and medical exemptions will be reviewed and granted following the same exemption procedures universities utilize in the case of other vaccination requirements consistent with state law. To request an exemption, contact the FSU Health Center at healthcenter@framingham.edu or 508-626-4900.

How do I submit proof of my vaccination?

1. Log into the Medicat Patient Portal: https://framingham.medicatconnect.com/
   
    a. Your login is your FSU username and password

2. Upload proof of your vaccination (picture of your vaccine card, or anything that has your name, date of birth and vaccine information)

    a. Click on “Step 1: Upload documentation” Click on "Immunization"
    b. Under “Documents available to be uploaded” click on dropdown menu and select          “Immunization History” and then Select File

3. Enter the date(s) of your vaccination

    a. Click on “Step 2: Enter the dates” and scroll down to COVID-19 and enter the dates of the
dose(s)

Will unvaccinated students be permitted on campus?

Framingham State will work with unvaccinated students to meet their needs and enable them to continue their education in pursuit of their degree. The university requires all non-exempt students attending in-person classes, living in campus housing, participating in on-campus activities, or accessing on-campus facilities to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus.

I am an out-of-state or international student. Am I eligible to receive a vaccine in Massachusetts?

Yes. The Department of Health and Human Services has explicitly stated that out-of-state and international students are eligible to receive a vaccine in Massachusetts.

Will faculty and staff be required to get the vaccine?

Yes, all faculty and staff employee unions have agreed to the vaccine mandate. Like students, employees may apply for religious and medical exemptions. All others must be vaccinated.

What if I have another question?

If you have any personal, health-related questions, please contact your primary care provider or the FSU Health Center at healthcenter@framingham.edu or 508-626-4900.