Update vaccine protocol requires booster shots

December 21, 2021

AUGUSTA, ME – Under updated COVID safety protocols announced Tuesday, Maine’s community colleges are requiring COVID-19 booster shots for all students participating in on-campus programs.

The Maine Community College System (MCCS) already requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students attending classes in person or participating in athletic functions. Students who are fully remote and are never inside a campus facility do not require proof of vaccination.

The updated protocol, announced December 21, requires all Maine community college students to provide proof of a booster shot no later than one month after becoming eligible for a booster. Under CDC guidelines, a person is eligible to get a booster shot six months after the last shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the J&J vaccination.

“We remain committed to doing everything possible to protect the health of our community and minimize the disruption caused by COVID-19,” said MCCS President David Daigler.