By Currier Times Staff ///////
Curry College announced on December 17th that all students, faculty and staff will need a Covid booster shot when the Spring semester begins in January.
The announcement follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all adults should receive a Covid booster. Several other area colleges, including Harvard, Emerson and Bentley have all also announced mandates.
Here is the full release, sent to the Curry community:
VACCINE BOOSTER REQUIREMENT
Curry has had the benefit of a high vaccination rate for our community (94%), which has helped to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible over the course of the fall semester. In the interest of the continuing health of our Curry community and in keeping with CDC recommendations for public health, it has been determined that the COVID-19 vaccination booster will be required for all Curry students, faculty and staff members on both campuses this spring.
Anyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a booster six months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters are widely available but they are in high demand, so if you have not yet received your booster, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. To find an appointment location, use the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov. Boosters are also available at CVS or Walgreens.
Further information about dates and protocols will be communicated in January- but in the meantime, we encourage you to get your booster ASAP!
If you have been granted an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination by the College, you are also exempt from the booster shot requirement.
As was the case in August at the start of the fall semester, onboard testing will be required for all members of the Curry community (including all commuter and residential students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status) before the start of the Spring semester.
For Staff and Faculty Returning in Early January:
Testing will be conducted on campus on Monday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Once tested, we ask that you “soft quarantine” in your office space while on campus, and limit in-person interactions with others as much as possible until a negative test result is obtained.
• Testing will be conducted in Cottage (located between the Kennedy Building and White House on the south side of campus).
• No appointments are necessary, but you must submit the registration form in advance of your first test. If you have already submitted this form, you do not need to do so again.
• You must have an active account set up in CoVerified to get your results.
For Staff and Faculty Returning Later in January:
• On-campus testing dates will be communicated in January.
Please contact the Health Services COVID Clinic at 617-333-2122 with any questions about testing.
MASK WEARING POLICY
Finally, I want to remind all members of our community that masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. This policy will continue to be in place at the start of the spring semester. Please remember to carry your masks with you at all times!
More specifics around the vaccine booster requirement and onboard testing will be communicated in January. As with all COVID-related policies and protocols, the College will continue to monitor, evaluate and potentially make changes to requirements as we move forward, based on campus and public health conditions. You may visit Curry.edu/returntocampus at any time for the latest information.