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Last Updated: Sept. 20, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirements

All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received a booster shot once eligible. The initial vaccination series includes two shots of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or one shot of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. Additional approved vaccines can be found in the FAQs below.  
 
A single booster shot is also required, which could be the earlier monovalent booster or the more recent bivalent booster. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including boosters according to CDC recommendations. Bentley’s Health Center will offer vaccine clinics for the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster on campus during the fall 2022 semester.  

Community members may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons using the processes outlined in the FAQs below. 

Read the CDC's Vaccination and Booster Recommendations

General FAQs

What is the updated COVID-19 booster? Am I eligible to receive it?

On September 1, 2022, the CDC announced the approval of updated COVID-19 boosters. The updated, bivalent COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer and Moderna target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, which are more contagious and resistant than prior strains. If it has been a while since your last vaccine dose, receiving the updated booster can restore protection against severe illness, which may have waned since previous doses. 

Most community members are eligible to receive the bivalent booster at least two months after completing the primary series or last booster. You can use the CDC’s interactive tool to determine your eligibility.

The updated bivalent COVID-19 booster is not mandated by Bentley University. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including boosters according to CDC recommendations. Bentley’s Health Center will offer vaccine clinics for the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster on campus during the fall 2022 semester.

Are there exemptions to mandatory vaccination?

Students, faculty and staff may request an exemption for medical or religious reasons as detailed below: 

  • Students seeking a medical or religious exemption must complete the Request for Exemption from Vaccination and Immunization due to Medical/Religious Reasons form located on the Health Center’s Student Health Forms & Policies page.
     
  • Newly hired faculty and staff may seek a vaccination exemption in accordance with the timeline established in their offer letter or contract. A medical exemption must include documentation from your health care provider. A religious exemption must be declared in writing following a process similar to the one students use to seek exemption from vaccination requirements when they first enter the university. There are no other exemptions to this requirement. To request an exemption, fill out this form and email it to your Human Resource business partner. You can find your business partner’s email here.
Which COVID-19 vaccines are accepted by Bentley?

At this time the university recognizes those vaccines that are authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • J&J's Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two doses) 
  • Novavax 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (two doses) 

World Health Organization-listed COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.

What can I do if I misplaced or did not receive a Vaccination Record Card?

If you received the vaccination in Massachusetts, look up your vaccinations and download a COVID-19 vaccination verification credential here. Otherwise, contact the provider where you received your COVID-19 vaccination. They can look up your vaccination history and recreate a Vaccination Record Card for you. For other states, see the list of state Immunization Information System contacts maintained by the CDC.

How do I upload my proof of vaccination and booster?

Enter the details of your vaccination and upload a photo or scan of your completed vaccination card to the Bentley Health Portal. Make sure your vaccination card clearly identifies your name, date of birth, and date(s) of vaccines dose(s).

Click on “Immunizations” and manually enter your vaccination dates and booster dates by month first, then day, then year, from your signed and dated vaccination card. Then, click on “Upload” to upload your vaccination card to the portal. Faxed or mailed documents are not accepted. 

I just received the seasonal flu shot or another vaccine. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

Yes. Per the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days.  

Talk to your healthcare provider if you plan to or have recently received the Orthopoxvirus (Monkeypox) vaccine, as there may be additional considerations. You can find out more from the CDC website

International Student FAQs

What happens if I have already received a vaccine that is not on the list of FDA or WHO-accepted vaccines?

You will need to be revaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-accepted vaccine to be on campus. If you are unable to access an FDA- or WHO-accepted vaccine in your home country, you will be allowed to enter campus but you will need to be revaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-accepted vaccine upon arrival to Bentley. Contact the Health Center at GA_Healthcenter@bentley.edu for assistance with scheduling a vaccination appointment.

In the meantime, we recommend uploading your current vaccine documentation to the Bentley Health Portal. If that vaccine type becomes FDA- or WHO-accepted prior to your arrival at Bentley and you have uploaded the documentation, you will have fulfilled the COVID-19 immunization requirement.

What happens if I only have access to vaccines not accepted by the FDA or WHO? Should I delay getting the vaccine offered in my home country and wait until I arrive at Bentley?

COVID-19 continues to spread globally. Vaccination slows transmission and prevents development of viral illness. Therefore, it is recommended that you get vaccinated as soon as possible with any vaccine readily available to you and upload documentation of your immunization to the Bentley Health Portal. You will be allowed to be enter campus but you will need to be revaccinated with an FDA or WHO-accepted vaccine upon arrival to Bentley. We will assist you in this process.

Is it safe to get a second type of vaccine?

People vaccinated with a non-WHO accepted vaccines can still receive a second type of COVID-19 vaccine. You can read more about the CDC’s guidance here.

Resources for International Students