COVID-19 Policy and Information
The faculty, administration and staff of the School of Nursing are working tirelessly to provide you with the best possible academic experience, whether you are just starting your journey or you are returning to continue your studies.
The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our number one priority. We are confident that we can all rise to this challenge and work together to help you reach your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Vaccination against COVID-19 with the most recent, updated vaccine is highly recommended. Students must provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination to the Office of Counseling and Student Services, or submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Declination COVID-19 Vaccination Declination form. Valid documentation of vaccination includes an authorized COVID-19 vaccine card or a copy of the formal medical record. In the absence of vaccination, the declination form must be completed.
- 12/13/23 Addendum – Per Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements, vaccination with the newest, 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax), released as of September 2023, is required to be considered up to date. Students must submit either documentation of receiving the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine, or a signed declination that they do not plan to receive the vaccine. Students who decline to receive the most recent vaccine will be required to wear a mask at all clinical sites as of 1/1/2024. Students out of compliance with this policy as of 1/1/2024 will not be allowed to attend class or clinical until compliance is reached.
*Students should be aware that some clinical agencies have a more stringent policy about COVID-19 vaccination, such as not accepting declination of the vaccine, or requiring students are “up to date” with vaccination as defined here by the CDC: Stay Up to Date with Covid-19 Vaccines . Students will not be able to attend the assigned clinical rotation if they do not meet the vaccination requirements of the clinical agency. SH/BHSON is mandated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing as well as our accreditor, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) to provide students with clinical experiences. SH/BHSON is not obligated to provide substitute or alternate clinical experiences based on a student’s request or vaccine preference. Being unvaccinated against COVID-19, or not being up to date on vaccination as defined by the CDC may mean a student is not able to complete the clinical nursing courses, and as a result, not be able to complete the program.
*This policy is subject to change at any time as updated information is received from the CDC and other national organizations, or due to increased infectivity rates in the local area.
When Are You Up to Date?
- Everyone aged 6 years and older: You are up to date when you get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who are unable or choose not to get a recommended mRNA vaccine: You are up to date when you get the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine doses approved for your age group.
- People who got the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine: You are up to date when you get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine.
For More Information on COVID-19
Click here to visit the Signature Healthcare COVID-19 Information Page
Coronavirus: Symptoms & Prevention
COVID-19 Vaccine Information