Booster Shots Required for Students in the Spring Semester

In accordance with the existing requirement that UMass Amherst students be fully immunized against COVID-19, all eligible UMass Amherst students are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot as we begin the spring semester.

Schedule a Booster Vaccine Appointment

The university understands that completion of the six-month period (two months for J & J) differs for everyone and, therefore, no student will be denied access to campus at the start of the spring semester. The university will, however, be tracking booster compliance and will reach out to those students who remain non-compliant and work with them to meet the COVID-19 booster requirement. Students who continue to remain out of compliance may have a hold placed on their account, which would prohibit them from registering for courses for the following fall semester and could lead to more restrictions, including possible withdrawal from the university.

Individuals who were previously granted exemptions from vaccinations for medical or religious reasons will continue to be required to test twice weekly during the spring semester.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a booster for all individuals 18 and older, which means that virtually all of our students should receive a booster, and, noting the expected continued emergence of new COVID-19 variants, the CDC further emphasizes the importance of vaccination boosters. Anyone 18 and older is eligible to receive a booster six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna shots, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson. 

You can make an appointment to get a vaccine booster by identifying a location through the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov to find additional sites. Unfortunately, there are no vaccine appointments available at the campus Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at this time. PHPC vaccine clinic appointments are fully booked for the remainder of the semester but will resume in January. Please check the Vaccine Clinic page to book an appointment in the new year.

The vaccine booster, combined with the advance testing explained below, and ongoing wastewater testing, adaptive testing, convenient voluntary testing options and our indoor mask requirement represent a comprehensive approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe and successful spring for our community.