COVID-19 Student Vaccine Policy
The 15 Massachusetts community colleges, including Bristol Community College, require all students who have an in-person component, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid COVID-19 accommodation. Faculty and staff are also required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have a valid COVID-19 accommodation.
COVID-19 Vaccination Deadline Timeline
Registering for Face-to-Face and/or Hybrid Courses
You are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or apply for a reasonable accommodation prior to registration by uploading to the Bristol App. Boosters are not required at this time, but the college strongly encourages you to get your booster.
Additional vaccines may also be required. Please visit the Immunization Information page for more details.
All current or former students visiting a college location for more than 15 minutes for a service or event: You must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have a valid COVID-19 accommodation. Students who have a current accessBCC login must upload their vaccination card to the Bristol App. Visit www.BristolCC.edu/VaxProof.
Download the Bristol Mobile App at the App Store or Google Play & upload your vax card.
The COVID-19 Student Vaccine Policy applies to:
- All full-time and part-time students who access a Bristol location for any reason, including taking credit and non-credit courses with some face-to-face component, regardless of the location of the course (e.g. clinical site, high school).
- Students who are required by program or activity to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of participation (e.g. athletics, healthcare programs, clinical placements) even if they do not access a college location.
- Students who are accessing college locations on a routine and regular basis for in-person
services for more than approximately 15 minutes, such as tutoring, computer labs or
clubs and events, will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have
a valid COVID-19 accommodation.
- Download the Bristol Mobile App at the App Store or Google Play & upload your vax card.
- Visit Bristol VaxUp for more information and instructions if you are not able to use the mobile app.
- Guests: Guests who attend an appointment with a student must bring with them proof of vaccination or have a valid accommodation for COVID-19. A hard copy of COVID-19 vaccination record card, digital image of your COVID-19 vaccination record card or COVID-19 SMART Health Card (Mass. Residents Only) is accepted.
The COVID-19 Student Vaccine Policy does not apply to:
- Students who are taking only online courses, whether full-time or part-time, credit or non-credit, and who will not access a college location in person for any reason for more than 15 minutes, including instruction, advising, library services, activities, clubs, and/or other purposes.
Please take the time to read the COVID-19 Student Vaccine Policy carefully. Remember, online students who do not need to go to any of the campuses in person for less than 15 minutes are not required to show proof of vaccination or have a reasonable accommodation.
Students who are unable to submit verification of full vaccination status may seek a reasonable accommodation in order to comply with the Student Vaccination Policy.
Please refer to the Student Vaccination Policy prior to requesting a reasonable accommodation.
Do not delay or you may not be able to register for upcoming classes in a timely manner.
The deadlines to submit a completed request are as follows:
- Spring 2023 (full semester): January 15, 2023
- Spring 2023 (Flex Start): January 28, 2023
Please submit this application as soon as possible to allow adequate time for review and consideration. Students will not be permitted to register for in-person classes while an accommodation request is pending. It is important to plan accordingly.
- Any requests for reasonable accommodations, including requests to be exempt from vaccine requirements for medical or religious reasons, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance and the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity.
- This process requires a detailed application and, in some cases, supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Due to the individualized nature of the review process, it may take several weeks for a decision to be made about a student’s ability to receive a reasonable accommodation.
- The accommodation will only be granted if it does not create an undue hardship for the college and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in a learning and working environment.
Requests must be submitted through the Student Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or they will not be processed. Each situation will be evaluated individually. Please select the form below that best fits the accommodation you are requesting.
Disability – In the Request, students must identify a “disability (ex. medical condition)” and include current medical documentation from their healthcare provider that “supports their request for reasonable accommodation based on a disability.”
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity and/or bodily function. The disability must be related to the student’s Request, and may include any symptom or medical reason for a student to not receive the COVID-19 vaccination because it may be harmful.
Religion – In the Request, students must identify a “sincerely-held religious belief or practice” and indicate how/why it “prevent[s] or limit[s]” the student from “obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine and/or submitting verification of a full vaccination status in compliance with the…Policy.”
Special Circumstances – In the Request, students must “explain in detail the nature of, and rationale for” “special circumstances” they “believe[s] would qualify [them] for a reasonable accommodation.” Any explanation and/or rationale for the Request must be plausible and backed by sufficient reasoning and documentation, if needed.
Your safety is our top priority.
The 15 Massachusetts community colleges did not make this decision lightly and took
many considerations into place with your health and safety at the top of the list.
The colleges decided that a Student Vaccination Policy was in the best interest of
our students, faculty, staff and community based on the high number of new cases of
COVID-19 in unvaccinated populations, the increased availability of vaccines in our
community, the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the Food & Drug Administration’s full and pending approval of available vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and highly effective at
preventing infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death. The CDC has excellent resources and information for you to review.
Click links below for more information