Immunizations

IMMUNIZATION COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

Spring term 2022 deadline: January 3, 2022*
Fall term 2022 deadline: TBD

Updated November 5, 2021

Immunization Requirements, COVID-19 & Flu Vaccine Documentation

My.Harvard Temporary Registration Holds

If you have already uploaded your immunization documentation, you can check your immunization compliance status in the HUHS Patient Portal. Harvard University Health Services staff will notify you if you are missing any immunizations. The registration hold will be released once your records have been reviewed, we receive any additional information, or when you have received the required immunizations. 

If you still need to submit immunization documentation, log in to https://my.harvard.edu for further instructions on uploading the required immunization documentation into the HUHS Patient Portal

International Students

We understand that there are many of our international students who do not have access to the required vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. If you fall into this category of student, your account will have a hold; however, we will temporarily lift the hold after you have scheduled an appointment to receive your vaccine at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). If you do not yet have an appointment to receive the required vaccines, please call the HUHS clinic to schedule an appointment at (617) 495-5711. 

COVID-19 vaccines are free and non-COVID vaccines are billed to insurance. Before receiving immunizations, check with your insurance carrier to understand your plan's coverage and patient responsibility. HUHS will be having COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout August. Check the HUHS website for dates and times. 

Please note that our staff is receiving a high volume of calls and emails at this time.  

  • If you have specific questions related to immunization requirements please refer to our Immunizations Webpage for answers to common questions. 
  • If you have questions about Harvard’s response to coronavirus, please review www.harvard.edu/coronavirus for the latest information.

 Your Compliance Questions  

  • Email mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu and be sure to include your full name, school, and HUID
  • Call (617) 495-2055 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Information

Harvard University requires all enrolled students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus for fall classes, using a vaccine authorized or approved by the FDA or the World Health Organization.

Fully vaccinated means 2 weeks past the completion of whatever series is being received. i.e., 2 doses for Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca, 1 dose for Johnson and Johnson. 

 
 

Submitting COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation

Students: You can now upload a copy of your COVID vaccination card to your HUHS Patient Portal. If you have already submitted your COVID vaccination documentation to mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu you do not need to resubmit to the Patient Portal. Your information will be entered into your HUHS medical record. HUHS keeps this information secure and confidential but will provide verification of a student’s vaccination to the appropriate personnel within each School. 

Harvard Affiliates, Faculty, Staff, Researchers, Non-Students, and any other Harvard Community Members: Continue to send a jpg or pdf copy of your completed vaccination card to HUHS at mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu. Harvard Microsoft 365 users can send securely using message encryption in Outlook, and all users with a Harvard Key can send securely using Accellion Kiteworks. HUHS keeps this information secure and confidential. 

We keep this information secure and confidential. Please be sure your vaccination card shows the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Date of birth
  3. The manufacturer of the vaccine
  4. The date(s) on which the vaccines were received

If you have received your vaccine outside of the United States your documentation must include the above information, in English, in order for us to accurately update your record.   

Note: If you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, from Harvard University Health Services you do not need to submit the documentation. Your information is documented in your medical record at the time of your vaccine.

Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information at HUHS webpage for the latest COVID updates. 

June 11th Immunization Submission Due Date and Registration Holds Update

We understand that WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, as well as other required vaccines, may be difficult to acquire right now. Please submit any immunization documentation that you have at this time to the Patient Portal. Health Services staff will verify what you have submitted and will let you know if you are missing anything. Vaccine documentation can and should continue to be submitted after June 11th as you receive any required, missing vaccinations. Due to the large volume of submissions we are receiving, it can take 2 to 3 weeks for your Portal to be updated and reflect your submission. We encourage the submissions earlier rather than later so that we can process them in time for class registration.

Registration Holds are not activated at this time. Secure messages announcing the date on which holds will be activated will be sent to all non-compliant students. In the event you have a Registration Hold due to an outstanding immunization, Health Services staff will work with you to provide information and options for you to receive the immunizations you need in order to register for classes.

Flu Vaccine Requirement Information & Flu Vaccine Documentation Submission

FLU VACCINE COMPLIANCE DUE DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021. 

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) is reminding students that this year's flu vaccination is required for all students. All students on campus, students returning to campus for the first time for the spring semester, and transfer students, must be fully compliant with all Harvard vaccination requirements, including the flu vaccine, in order to enroll in classes and to participate in on-campus activities.

IMPORTANT GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Registration holds will be activated Friday, December 10, 2021 for all students who are non-compliant with the flu vaccine requirement.
  • Only flu vaccines administered on or after 7/1/21 will meet the flu vaccine requirement.
  • HUHS is holding flu vaccine clinics each week, October through December. Dates are posted on the HUHS website and require an appointment. 
  • Appointments for the flu vaccine clinic must be made on the Patient Portal. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 
  • You may receive your flu vaccination from a provider other than HUHS. Local retail pharmacies, including Walgreens and Rite Aid, provide easy access to the flu vaccine. You must confirm coverage of the flu vaccine with your health insurance plan before receiving the vaccine outside of HUHS. Not all local retail pharmacies will be covered and you may have out-of-pocket costs associated with the flu vaccine.
  • You should complete and submit all outstanding vaccination requirements via the HUHS Patient Portal before December 1st, 2021 in order to avoid registration holds blocking you from registering for classes.

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE FROM HUHS:

  • Vaccines administered by HUHS will be documented in your record at the time of administration. No submission is required on your part.
  • Your compliance with the requirement is updated within one business day of receiving the vaccine.

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE OUTSIDE OF HUHS:

  • If you receive your flu vaccine or any other outstanding vaccination outside of HUHS, you will need to upload the documentation directly to the Patient Portal as soon as possible. At this time, flu vaccine documentation should be uploaded to the Patient Portal under Medical Clearances, Immunization Record.
  • If you are enrolled in Harvard’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), please note that the flu vaccine is NOT covered when administered at CVS.
  • HUHS must review your submission manually prior to noting your compliance with the regulation. This review may take up to two weeks from the time of your submission on the HUHS Patient Portal. Plan time accordingly when scheduling to receive your vaccine.

GENERAL REMINDERS:

  • You are responsible for ensuring that you remain compliant with all the University's immunization requirements.
  • If you should fall out of compliance at any time, for any of the required immunizations, registration holds will be automatically applied.
  • You can email your questions to mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu or call Health Information Services at (617) 495-2055.
    Note: Law, Medical, and Dental School students with questions should contact the Law School clinic or Medical Area clinic directly.

Additional Questions About Immunization Requirements?

Medical (HMS) and Dental (HSDM) Students
Email: mahealthservices@huhs.harvard.edu

Law (HLS) Students
Email: lawschoolhealthservices@huhs.harvard.edu

Harvard College (undergraduates), Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), Business (HBS), Design (HGSD), Divinity (HDS), Education (HGSE), Government (HKS), and Public Health (HSPH) Students
Email: mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu

Student Immunization Packets & Forms

We recommend that you receive your immunizations before you arrive at Harvard since many health insurance plans cover the costs of immunizations. Students unable to receive immunizations before arriving on campus must arrange for immunizations in the local area. If you receive your immunizations at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), you may be billed for the cost of the immunization.

*Please note, some programs at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health may have different deadlines and start dates. See Harvard Chan School Submission Dates box at right.

Review our Student Immunization Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

To access your program's immunization forms, please choose the immunization packet that correlates to your school/program.

Non-Healthcare Programs Immunization Packet Clinical Healthcare Programs Immunization Packet Non-Clinical Healthcare Programs Immunization Packet
Harvard Business School Harvard Medical School (Clinical) Harvard Medical School (Non-Clinical)
Harvard College Harvard School of Dental Medicine  
Harvard Divinity School    
Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences    
Harvard GSAS Special Students & Visiting Fellows    
Harvard Graduate School of Design    
Harvard Graduate School of Education    
Harvard Kennedy School    
Harvard Law School    
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health