COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

All 15 Massachusetts community colleges require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend any classes with an in-person component that begin in January 2022. GCC requires proof of vaccination in order to register for spring 2022 face-to-face classes. Additionally, any student who plans to come to campus for any reason during the spring 2022 semester must be in compliance with the Massachusetts’ Association of Community Colleges (MACC) vaccine requirements.

Download our Vaccination Timeline so you know when to schedule your shot.

Proof of vaccination can be uploaded—tell us more about you so we can get you to the right place!

Questions?

  • If you encounter technical difficulties with the form, or have other questions about completing it, email registration@gcc.mass.edu
  • For questions about reasonable accommodations to GCC’s vaccine policy, see our FAQs
  • For general information about GCC’s COVID-19 policies and procedures email considerations@gcc.mass.edu
  • For questions about coming to campus, email covid-19@gcc.mass.edu

FAQs

COVID-19

Category: COVID-19

The deadline is prior to registering for in person classes. You will be required to submit proof of vaccination status or have an approved reasonable accommodation prior to registration for any classes with an in-person component that begins any time after January 1, 2022

Students who successfully upload their vaccine status will be cleared within 24 hours when submitted Monday-Friday.

Students requesting accommodations must fully complete the forms and provide the required documentation to be considered. You can expect this process to take a minimum of 10 business days after we receive your full accommodation request.

Students needing to get vaccinated should consider the timeline of vaccination.

  • It will take 6 weeks to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine.
  • It will take 5 weeks to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • It will take 2 weeks to be fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Students will need to provide proof of full vaccination status or have an approved accommodation before they will be permitted to come onto campus and/or register for any course with an in-person component (including clinical placements, internships, practicums, etc.) after January 1, 2022.

Students should engage in the compliance process as soon as possible. The first day of classes for the winter intersession is Monday, January 3, 2022 and for the spring semester is Monday, January 24, 2022.

GCC will clear a student for course registration immediately after their second/final vaccination dose provided there is at least 14 days between that final dose and the start date of the registered course. Final vaccination dates after January 10, 2022 will need to wait the full 14 days or follow the accommodation process before we can provide clearance to register.

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If you register for courses with any on-campus component or if you plan on coming to campus in the spring—including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services—you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

If you do not expect to be on campus for any reason, you are not required to be fully vaccinated or to provide written proof of an official record of full vaccination status unless it is required by your program or activity (ex. athletics, healthcare program, clinical placement).

If, after the start of the semester, you would like to come to campus to access college services and facilities, you will be required to provide written proof of your official record of vaccination status before coming to campus.

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Go to gcc.mass.edu/registrar/health-records/covid/ to determine your student status and find directions for uploading your official proof of vaccination status via a secure form. Please note that the attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

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Yes, any vaccine requirements and or exclusions for Fall 2021 were based on specific subgroups of students in certain programs or activities.

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Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other student records.

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No. You will not be able to register for courses with any in-person component until you have submitted proof of full vaccination status.

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Yes, the Student Vaccination Policy applies to you.

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If you are a high school student taking GCC classes at your high school and do not come to campus for class, you must follow any vaccine policies set by your school and are not subject to the college’s vaccination policy. If however you are accessing the college campus for any reason, including meeting with staff or accessing the College’s library, you must show proof of full vaccination status.

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Students who are unvaccinated may take courses with no on-campus component and access services remotely. Students may also request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if the student is eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable. In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

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Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy. Students requesting reasonable accommodation requests should complete these two steps:

  1. Fill in the request form paying close attention to offering detailed information and save it to your computer or phone.
  2. Submit the request and any required documentation here.

If you do not have a GCC student Google account and do not have a personal Google account you may submit your request to considerations@gcc.mass.edu.

Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy.

Please note that the individualized interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. If you are seeking a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request and necessary documentation as soon as possible and without delay. Students will not be able to be registered for classes with an in-person component until they have shown proof of vaccination or been approved for a reasonable accommodation.

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You will not be permitted to register for any classes with an in-person component or access campus without submitting written proof of an official record of full vaccination, or have been approved for a reasonable accommodation.

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The community colleges are following the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

Please pay close attention to the type of vaccine that you receive and its timing schedule to ensure you are fully vaccinated in time to register for, and attend classes, if you seek to enroll in face-to-face and/or hybrid courses or to access campus for any reason.

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Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated.

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Vaccines are now available at local pharmacies such as Big Y, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart. COVID vaccines are available to patients at nearly all primary care practices. Additional resources for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine include:

Additional Resources