Simmons University latest to require all on-campus students to get COVID-19 vaccine

BOSTON — Simmons University in Boston is the latest Massachusetts school to require its students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving to campus in the fall, the school announced Monday.

All Simmons students enrolled in on-campus classes and students who participate in “face-to-face curricular and co-curricular activities at any of our Boston or remote locations” must get a coronavirus vaccine, university president Lynn Perry Wooten wrote in an email to the community.

The requirement doesn’t apply to students in field placements and internships.

“The progress we are making on vaccination rates is critical to our ability to achieve a vibrant on-campus living and learning experience this fall,” Wooten wrote in the email. “Science has shown that the vaccines are very effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and to help prevent serious illness and hospitalization.”

The University wants to have all on-campus students vaccinated before they arrive in the fall and all returning students to be fully vaccinated by July 1.

Students who require a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine can reach out to the Simmons University Health Center, the president wrote.

Simmons joins Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Emerson College as those requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all students for the 2021-22 academic year.