Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in the fall of 2020 flu vaccines were made mandatory for all students yearly. In late December, the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health had pushed the mandated flu vaccine due date to February 28, 2021. As of January 15, 2021, guidance from the state have removed this mandate altogether. Please see the letter below for the most recent Mass DPH update.
“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.
DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.”