To the Anna Maria College Campus Community,
As a reminder, all Anna Maria College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year unless a valid religious or medical exemption is submitted. The date of August 20, 2021 is the deadline for students, faculty and staff to submit vaccine or waiver information. The plan for a full residential, in-person college experience this fall is predicated on having a fully vaccinated campus community.
The requirement for the Fall Semester is simple and clear: vaccination or waiver.
All students must submit their vaccination record through the Medicat system or email a photo of their vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org in Health Services. For student athletes, this means your vaccination status must be submitted prior to the early-arrival days beginning August 17th. Individuals who choose not to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons must apply for a waiver. This is per Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) policy as well as Anna Maria College policy. Employees must upload their vaccination forms or complete a waiver online. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccinations will be kept private and confidential.
In the event you have difficulty scheduling your vaccination before the August 20th deadline, the College is planning an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic on August 30. This clinic will use a two-dose MRNA vaccine with the second dose being scheduled for later in September. Students choosing this option must alert Health Services prior to August 20th. Employees should contact Human Resources. Additionally, any student, faculty or staff not yet vaccinated (those with approved waivers and those planning to be vaccinated at the August 30th clinic) must also show a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before returning to campus or test negative upon arrival with a rapid test administered by Health Services.
There will be additional information on fall planning coming next week. Policies will continue to be adapted as circumstances change and will remain aligned with local, state and federal public health guidance.
Your continued cooperation to keep Anna Maria College safe and secure is greatly appreciated.
President Mary Lou Retelle