Student vaccine protocol

The Maine Community College System requires all students attending classes in person to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students are strongly encouraged to get booster shots, but they are not required.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks on our campuses.

This student vaccine protocol will be in effect until June 30, 2023.  Here are details on the student protocol:

Who is required to get a vaccine?

Any student or trainee accessing MCCS facilities, including off-site education centers and locations. 

When do students need to get a vaccine?

Students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class.  Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose by the start of the following semester. 

Which vaccines are accepted?

Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are accepted. International students may also provide proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing

Does the protocol apply to students studying remotely?

No. Students who are fully remote and will not be entering campus buildings for any purpose will not need proof of vaccination. 

Does the protocol apply to students studying at off-campus centers?

Yes. The protocol does apply to students studying at off-campus centers. It also applies to situations where the instructor and the students or trainees are all from MCCS, such as an MCCS night class offered at a high school.

It does not apply when MCCS instructors are providing training at a business for its employees, or at a CTE center or high school for high school students.

Do students need booster shots?

Booster shots are not required, but they are strongly recommended.

Request for Exemption or Accommodation

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination protocol. Students seeking a medical exemption should contact their college for more information and for a medical exemption form.

Approval of exemption is not guaranteed.  MCCS will be following CDC guidelines in reviewing requests for exemptions, and any request for exemption will be reviewed each semester.

Any student granted an exemption will be required to take weekly COVID tests and provide the test results to a designated college official.

MCCS will not consider exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs.

What happens if a student does not submit proof of vaccinations in time?

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination by the designated deadlines will not be permitted to attend in-person classes.

Will the daily health screening on campus continue?

Yes. MCCS colleges are continuing to use a daily health screening app for all people at MCCS facilities.

How will colleges manage the vaccine verification process?

Colleges are tracking the vaccination status of students. Colleges are using the same system used to verify other vaccination requirements.