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Massachusetts community colleges to require vaccinations

State universities and the University of Massachusetts systems already require student vaccinations.

A student makes his way across the Roxbury Community College campus. Jonathan.Wiggs/Boston Globe, File


Vaccine Mandates:

BOSTON (AP) — Students, faculty and staff at all 15 Massachusetts state community colleges will be required to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by January, the schools’ presidents said.

“While a significant number of students, faculty, and staff are already vaccinated or are in the process of becoming vaccinated, the 15 colleges are seeking to increase the health and safety of the learning and working environment in light of the ongoing public health concerns and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” they said in a statement released Monday.

The schools will continue to offer a wide range of virtual learning opportunities to ensure vaccination status is not a barrier to an education, they said.

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Students enrolled in classes without an in-person component, or who do not plan to visit campus during the spring semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.

The schools have a total of about 135,000 students.

The Massachusetts State Universities and the University of Massachusetts systems also require student vaccinations.

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