Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are writing to remind you that the College is following the CDC’s recommendation of staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, which includes the COVID-19 booster, in an effort to mitigate the spread and severity of the disease. 

All students and employees who study or work on our main campus in Springfield, MA are required to have received a booster vaccine for COVID-19 by March 1, 2022 or within 14 days of their eligibility for a booster thereafter. Any individual who has not received a booster past this date will be considered out of compliance.

Submitting Proof of Vaccination/Booster

You can email a picture (jpg) or scan (pdf) of your vaccination card to HealthCenter@springfield.edu. Please include your name and Springfield College ID number in your communication. You can also mail a copy of your vaccination card to the Health Center (Springfield College Health Center, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109). Employees may also submit their information via the COVID Attestation form on PrideNET. 

Booster Clinic Information

We had an overwhelming response to the January COVID-19 booster clinics and are once again partnering with BHN/Equity Vaccine Clinic to bring an additional vaccination and booster clinic to campus on Tuesday, February 22, from 10am-2pm in the PE Annex Testing Center (239 Wilbraham Avenue). Providers will have Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen vaccinations and boosters available.

If you received:

You should get your booster:

Which booster can you get?

Pfizer-BioNTech

5 months after 2nd dose

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA vaccines) are preferred in most situations but J&J/Janssen may be considered in some situations based on recommendations of your primary care provider. 

Moderna

5 months after 2nd dose

J&J/Janssen

2 months after single dose

 

Based on guidance from the CDC, individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID are eligible to receive their booster once they are symptom free and are no longer in quarantine/isolation. You should consult your primary care provider if you have any questions about the timing of your booster.

We are asking everyone to pre-register using this link; anyone without an appointment will be taken on a walk-in basis only if slots are available. To expedite the process, please complete the attached paperwork before arrival (copies will be available on site).

Everyone is reminded to bring their current vaccination card with them. If you can’t locate your card, a new one will be provided, but you will need to provide proof of your previous vaccinations. Your insurance will be billed for the vaccine (at no out-of-pocket cost to you), but no one will be turned away because of lack of insurance.

Vaccine/Booster Exemptions

Students and employees may apply for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccination and booster requirement. Students: to begin the process of requesting an exemption, please download, complete, and submit this Vaccination Exemption Request Form to HealthCenter@springfield.edu. Employees should complete either the Religious Accommodations/Exemption Form or the ADA Accommodations Request Form and email it to smosier@springfield.edu.

Any student or employee who receives an exemption from being vaccinated (including booster effective March 1) will be required to undergo weekly testing. Testing will occur on campus at our Testing Center located at 239 Wilbraham Avenue. Testing is currently available during the following hours:

  • Mondays 10:00am-5:30pm

  • Wednesdays 8:30am-3:30pm

  • Thursdays 8:30am-3:30pm

Please visit our website for detailed information about our testing and contact tracing protocol, as well as all other COVID updates and information. Thank you for all your efforts and keeping our community safe. 

Sincerely,

Slandie Dieujuste, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Elizabeth Morgan, PhD

Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

Mary Ann Coughlin, DPE

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs