Vaccine mandates at Mass. community colleges expected to end

Vaccine mandates at Mass. community colleges expected to end
Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 6:35 PM EST
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SPRINGFIELD, MA. (WGGB/WSHM) - On Thursday, a big rollback from COVID-19 restrictions was announced as vaccine requirements will come to end at community colleges throughout the Bay State.

Community colleges here in the Bay State will no longer require covid-19 vaccines for students.

The announcement came from the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges and will go into effect at the end of this current semester.

A student at Springfield Technical Community College described this announcement as another step towards normalcy.

“Now that it is lifted, I would say more people would be more willing to get into the healthcare field,” said Limmy Son.

Son also told us she doesn’t have any concerns with joining unvaccinated students in the classroom.

Dr. John Cook, President of Springfield Technical Community College expressed in a statement:

“Community colleges really pride ourselves in being thee access institution in higher education, and this fits that. The idea that we always want to reduce or remove barriers.  It’s important to also note we do not have dorms.  I think that’s one of the things all along we have taken into consideration. Our students live in our communities and that’s where we want to be responsive and supportive.”

Meanwhile Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal shared this statement with Western Mass News.

“Although vaccines will not be required following the conclusion of spring semester finals, we continue to focus on sanitation protocols and to encourage vaccination, social distancing, masking, and testing when necessary.”

We also checked in with UMass Amherst and a spokesperson there told us they have not have any changes to their vaccine mandate at this time.