The presidents of all fifteen colleges of the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges issued a joint statement on Thursday, April 22, urging students to receive vaccination for COVID-19 as soon as they are able.
The joint statement said that “… the community colleges are not contemplating COVID-19 vaccine mandates at this time,” citing the desire to meet the needs of all students and the “… disproportionate access to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The statement also said health officials at all levels have “… all demonstrated that the available vaccines are not only safe but are the most effective way to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”
The combination of widespread vaccination and continued precautions will enable safe return to campuses, according to the statement.
The joint statement expressed optimism about recent public health trends and said that the colleges are moving toward increased in-person learning and a “new normal of campus operations’ in the upcoming fall.”
Community Colleges transitioned from in-person learning to offer primarily remote and online learning during the last academic year. The Colleges limited on-campus courses to certain specialty training with required in-person instruction.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges include the following schools: