BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended a mandatory flu shot for all childcare, preschool, K-12, and higher education students from December 31, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
“The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the state said.
There is a medical or religious exemption allowed.
The influenza vaccine is not required for students who are homeschooled, unless they participate in extracurriculars on a public school campus.
Higher education students who stay completely off-campus and are engaged in remote learning.