Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Monday, January 3 for all returning students attending in-person classes to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and show proof of vaccination status. Following the same guidelines, the College is requesting that new students for the spring semester provide vaccination information within the admission process when accepted after January 3 and be fully vaccinated by the beginning of classes on January 24, 2022. BCC is one of 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth, all of which now require vaccinations to attend spring semester classes.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a person is considered fully
vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two
weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
BCC defines “in person” as taking courses with any on-campus component or visiting campus facilities such as the library, computer lab, athletic facilities or other student services.
With three vaccines available — Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson — those who plan to be on campus should note the following timetables in order to meet the January 3 requirement:
- Moderna: The last day to receive the first dose is Monday, November 22; last day for the second dose is Monday, December 20.
- Pfizer: The last day to receive the first dose is Monday, November 29; last day for the second dose is Monday, December 20.
- Johnson & Johnson: The last day to receive the single-shot vaccine is Monday, December 20.
To find a vaccination site near you, visit getvaccinatedberkshires.org/locations
Unvaccinated students and reasonable accommodations
Unvaccinated students may take courses with no on-campus component and access services remotely. Students may submit a reasonable accommodation request, upon receipt of which the college will engage in an interactive process to determine eligibility. The requested accommodation must not create an undue hardship to the college nor present a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment. In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols.
Requests should be submitted immediately to allow time for the full process to occur before the deadline.