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Immunization Requirements

Massachusetts law requires immunization and vaccination documentation to be on file in the counseling and health services office for students attending Salem State University. The Salem State University policy requires all new students to submit immunization records and be in full compliance with Massachusetts state laws 105 CMR 220.00 and 105 CMR 220.660 and the Salem State University immunization policy two weeks prior to the start of the semester. This policy applies to all new students entering in the summer, fall or spring.

  • Residential students must submit their forms and be in full compliance with the immunization policy two weeks prior to moving into the residence halls.
  • Full–time non-residential students need to be in compliance with the immunization policy prior to starting the semester.
  • The COVID vaccine and booster is required for all students, as announced by all Massachusetts state universities and colleges initially in April 2021 and subsequently in December 2021 (booster). Any student who has at least 1 in-person class, is a residential student or student athlete, or has an F-1 visa, is required to be fully vaccinated and boosted to be on campus. You can contact your primary care provider or health services with any personal questions or concerns. Please note, you can submit questions or concerns to our health services Nurse Practitioners on your student health portal. 
  • You MUST upload your immunization records to your health services portal 

The requirements for compliance are:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Part-time undergraduate and graduate students in a health science program who may be in contact with patients
  • Full or part-time student on a student or other visa, including a student attending or visiting classes or programs as part of a formal academic visitation or exchange program.
  • Please note, the COVID vaccine and booster is required for all undergraduate and graduate students who will be on campus for any class, activity, research, or program. This includes any student who has at least 1 in-person class, residential students, student athletes, or a student with a F-1 visa
  • COVID19 vaccines
    • Moderna primary series is given as 2 doses, at least 28 days apart. A booster dose 5 months after primary series is completed. 
    • Pfizer primary series is given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart. A booster dose 5 months after primary series is completed. 
    • Johnson & Johnson primary series is given as 1 dose. A booster dose 2 months after primary series is completed. 
    • CDC Booster Eligibility and Guidance here
  • Hepatitis B: three doses required
    • Dose one and two at least four weeks apart;
    • Dose two and three at least eight weeks apart;
    • at least 16 weeks between doses one and three
    • OR Hepatitis B lmmune Serology (titer) accepted (Lab documentation to be attached)
  • Tetanus-Diptheria and Pertussis: one dose of adult Tdap within the past 10 years. A Td is NOT an acceptable alternative. 
     
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR): two doses MMR
    • Dose one after first birthday;
    • Dose two at least one month after dose one OR
    • MMR Immune Serology (titer) accepted (Lab documentation to be attached)
    • For college students, except health science students, birth before 1957 in the U.S. is also acceptable.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): two doses of Varicella required
    • Dose one after first birthday;
    • Dose two at least three months after dose one if younger than 13; OR
    • Dose two at least one month after dose one if older than 13
    • History of disease (documentation needed by PCP) OR
    • Varicella Immune Serology (titer) accepted (Lab documentation to be attached) OR
    • Birth before 1980 in U.S. is acceptable for college students, except health science students
  • Meningitis
    • One dose of MCV4 for all students between the ages of 16 and 21 OR
    • signed waiver under the forms selection
  • TB screening- refer to health services portal forms section

Other Recommended Vaccines, (not required):

  • Influenza

    • The flu vaccine is strongly recommended to receive each fall/winter season, particularly during the pandemic to minimize viral respiratory illnesses in our community. 
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): three doses Gardasil 0.5mL
    • Doses one and two at least one to two months apart
    • Doses one and three at least six months apart
  • Meningococcal B Vaccine is recommended for all residential students. Currently 2 vaccines are available and the same vaccine must be used for all doses.
    • Bexsero is given as 2 doses, at least 1 month apart.
    • Trumenba is given as 3 doses, with the second dose 2 months after the first and the third dose 6 months after the first.

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Walk-In Service: North Campus, Ellison Campus Center 107
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