Below is the most current information from the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as answers to common questions we have received. Please visit our website and the University Coronavirus website regularly as information and availability of the vaccine are rapidly changing.
Updated on January 12, 2022:
As previously announced, Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all students who will be on campus. As we work to reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard has now extended that vaccination requirement to all Harvard community members, including faculty, staff, and researchers, who will have any on-campus presence. Read the full message (5/28/21) on the updated vaccine requirement and find more information in the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Frequently Asked Questions.
For the spring semester, Harvard will require COVID-19 boosters for all members of our community who are eligible, including students, faculty, and researchers. Verification of your COVID-19 booster is required by January 31, 2022. In addition:
- Get your booster as soon as possible once you are eligible so that you can benefit from the added protection.
HUHS is currently offering COVID-19 booster clinics. Please log into the Patient Portal to see specific dates and times, and to make an appointment. For appointments in and outside of Massachusetts, see additional scheduling options.
- You should get a booster if it has been at least five months since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or at least two months since your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Individuals who received their primary vaccine series outside the United States should seek a booster with any WHO-approved vaccine that is available to them. Mixing of brands is acceptable.
- If you have already received a booster, you may submit your information to HUHS through the patient portal (see instructions).
- If you already have an approved exemption for the vaccine, you do not need to submit additional information for a booster exemption.
- Each School and Unit has varying start dates for the beginning of their spring semester; if you are unable to get a booster before you return to campus following the winter break, additional opportunities will be available, and you will not be barred from entering campus.
Read the full message regarding the spring semester and vaccine booster verification from 1/4/2022.
COVID-19 Booster Clinics at HUHS
HUHS has received both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in order to provide boosters to patients and staff. Appointments for both Moderna and Pfizer boosters are now available and can be scheduled through the HUHS Patient Portal.
Location and Time
All Booster Clinics will take place in the Monks/Bock Conference Rooms on the 6th Floor of the Smith Campus Center from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Find all HUHS COVID-19 booster clinic information, including all clinic dates, on COVID-19 Booster Clinics at HUHS.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at HUHS
At this time HUHS is focusing on COVID-19 booster clinics. To receive your vaccine outside of HUHS, please find vaccine location information through Mass.gov https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update
Effective April 23, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommend the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine resume in the United States, after a short pause in its administration. However, women younger than 50 years old should be made aware of a rare risk of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination and the availability of other COVID-19 vaccines where this risk has not been observed. Read the CDC/FDA statement.
Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots for Eligible Patients
All individuals 18+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster in Massachusetts.