Boosters - Suffolk University

Page Updated: April 6, 2022

Suffolk University is requiring all students, faculty and staff without a medical or religious exemption to provide evidence that they have received a “booster” vaccination against COVID-19 by March 1, 2022 or as they become eligible in order to remain in compliance with the Suffolk University vaccination policy.

All members of the campus community — students, faculty, and staff — are already required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are covered by an exemption. Further information about the vaccination policy is available on the vaccine webpage.

According to guidance from the CDC, if you are identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive individual and you have been vaccinated and are eligible for a booster but have not received a booster, then you must quarantine for 5 days. If you have received a booster, you are not required to quarantine based solely on a close contact.

We strongly encourage everyone to get a booster as soon as they are eligible. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster is available to anyone ages 18 and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 booster is available to anyone ages 12 and older.  Eligible individuals include everyone who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts and received:

  • Pfizer at least 5 months ago
  • Moderna at least 5 months ago
  • Johnson & Johnson at least 2 months ago

Booster vaccination is required by March 1, 2022, or upon eligibility.

Faculty and staff must upload evidence of booster vaccination to the Medicat portal. Students should upload their information to the CHW student health portal.

Exemptions

Prior exemptions to the vaccine requirement will also apply to the booster requirement. There is no need to resubmit documentation.

There will be two permitted exemptions to the University’s booster requirement, medical or religious.

A medical exemption will be granted to students, faculty, and staff without a prior exemption for whom receiving the COVID-19 booster is medically inadvisable.

  • For students seeking a medical exemption, documentation from the student’s health provider must be emailed or uploaded to the Student Health Portal.
  • Faculty and staff who wish to request a medical exemption should go to the Service Now portal to submit their request.

Consistent with federal and state law, an exemption will be granted to those students, faculty, and staff without a prior exemption who have a sincerely held religious belief against vaccination. Anyone seeking this exemption must submit documentation of their sincerely held religious objection to the booster written in their own voice (the letter will not be accepted if written by anyone other than the individual requester). The documentation should include an explanation of how the individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs have changed in the time since they satisfied the initial Suffolk COVID vaccine requirement.

  • Students seeking a new religious exemption must email or upload documentation to the Student Health Portal.
  • Faculty and staff who wish to request a new religious exemption should go to the Service Now portal to submit their request.

Consequences for Noncompliance

Students

Students who do not comply with booster shot requirement by March 1, 2022 will be subject to the following consequences:
  • Hold on registration for classes for Fall 2022
  • All May and September graduates participating in Commencement must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Graduating students who are not vaccinated, boosted or have an approved exemption will not be permitted to pick up their commencement packets.
    • January 2022 graduates and graduating students in online programs are not required to be vaccinated, upload a COVID Booster or submit a request for a medical or religious exemption.
  • Restriction from campus immediately following the conclusion of the student’s last final exam in May
  • Exclusion from athletic practice and contests for student-athletes
  • Exclusion from the annual, spring-time housing selection process for those seeking to live in residential halls in 2022-2023 (late compliance will result in late housing assignment).

The university reserves the right to invoke additional consequences for students who fail to comply with the booster shot requirement by the March 1, 2022 deadline.

Faculty and Staff

Any faculty or staff member refusing to follow the University’s safety and health protocols without a documented and approved exemption will not be able to remain on or access Suffolk’s facilities. This will not constitute an exemption to allow the employee to work remotely and will be treated as an unexcused and unapproved absence, resulting in the employee being placed on unpaid leave until the employee is in full compliance.