Immunization Requirements

The Massachusetts code of regulations and Berklee College of Music require that all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Berklee’s campus in Boston provide documentation that they have been immunized against the illnesses listed below before attending class. 

Massachusetts school immunization requirements are created under the authority of 105 CMR 220.000 Immunization of Students Before Admission to School. Download the full regulations here.

Required Immunizations

Required Immunization Doses Important Notes
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Two doses

The first dose must be given on or after the first birthday, and the second dose must be given ≥28 days after the first dose; laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable.

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)

One dose

One dose of Tdap is required, and a history of a DTaP primary series or age-appropriate catch-up vaccination. Tdap given at ≥7 years may be counted, but a dose at age 11 or 12 is recommended if Tdap was given earlier as part of a catch-up schedule. Td or Tdap should be given if it has been ≥10 years since Tdap.

Varicella (Chickenpox) Two doses

The first dose must be given on or after the first birthday, and the second dose must be given ≥28 days after the first dose; a reliable history of chickenpox or laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable.

Hepatitis B Three doses

Three doses of Hepatitis B are required; laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable. Three dose series should be given on a 0-, 1-, and 6-month schedule. Two doses of Heplisav-B given on or after 18 years of age are acceptable.

Meningococcal conjugate quadrivalent (A,C,Y,W-135) One dose

One dose of MenACWY (formerly MCV4) is required for all full-time students 21 years of age or younger. The dose of the MenACWY vaccine must have been received on or after the student’s 16th birthday. Doses received at younger ages do not count towards this requirement. Students may decline the MenACWY vaccine after they have read and signed the Meningococcal Waiver Form. The Meningococcal B vaccine is not required and does not meet this requirement.

COVID-19

(Beginning fall 2021)

Varies depending on the type of vaccine The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine are acceptable. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine both need two shots in order to get the most protection. You only need one shot of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine to get the most protection. For those being vaccinated in the U.S., you must have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single dose of the J&J vaccine at least two weeks before arriving on campus. 

Immunization (Vaccine) Information for Entering and Transfer Students

  • For students entering in the spring 2021 semester, the due date to submit your immunizations was December 1, 2020, and has been extended to February 17, 2021.
  • For students entering in the summer 2021 semester, the due date to submit your immunizations is April 1, 2021.
  • For students entering in the fall 2021 semester, the due date to submit your immunizations is August 1, 2021.

All entering students must submit a completed entering student immunization form to Magnus Health, Berklee's provider for collecting, managing, and tracking immunization information. Students should make sure they have received the required vaccines; it takes only one missing or expired dose to cause delays during check-in. Please note that you cannot attend Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee until the immunization requirements are met.

You may retrieve an Entering Student Immunization Form and submit your immunization documentation online at secure.magnushealthportal.com.


Immunization (Vaccine) Information for Returning Students

Students returning to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee that entered in the spring of 2019 or earlier do not have an account with Magnus Health. For questions or inquires regarding your immunizations, please find the tab below that applies to you for more information on which office to contact.