Brandeis COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Anyone 16 or older living in Massachusetts is now eligible to receive the vaccine. This means all of our students, faculty, and staff are eligible. While this represents enormous progress in the work to contain the pandemic in Massachusetts, it unfortunately does not mean that vaccines are plentiful and easy to obtain.Because of supply limitations, the state expects it will still take several months for everyone who would like to be vaccinated to get the vaccine.
APRIL 20 STATUS: Brandeis has obtained about 2,300 doses to be administered to students this week to allow for enough time for them to be fully vaccinated before they leave for the semester. If we are able to obtain additional doses or appointments are still available, we will open up our clinics to our entire community on Wednesday night (4/21).
Ways to sign up for vaccine appointments
Brandeis continues to encourage our community to seek any available opportunities to receive the vaccine. As has been well-documented in the media, it has been very challenging to sign up for appointments. Below are some resources that other Massachusetts residents are using to secure vaccine appointments:
- Everyone can pre-register for a vaccine at a mass vaccination site. Using the state’s online tool, signing up now means you will be notified when appointments are available. Anyone can register for the notifications.
- Brandeis is making arrangements to provide transportation to the Natick mass vaccination site for students who have vaccination appointments. More details will be sent as we get closer to April 19.
- Local pharmacies, such as the CVS at 800 Lexington St. in Waltham, are offering vaccines.
- The Twitter account @vaccinetime provides followers with notifications of appointments in Massachusetts when they become available.
- The Facebook group Vaccine Hunters/Angels Massachusetts offers advice and information about finding appointments.
- Sign up with CovidVaccineTexts.com for texts about vaccines available near you.
After You’ve Been Vaccinated
At this time, all of Brandeis’ public health and safety requirements still apply to those who have been vaccinated. It’s important to know that people who are vaccinated take time to develop immunity, and can still transmit COVID-19 to others. Even after being vaccinated, you must continue to:
- Wear a mask at all times while on the Brandeis campus, unless you are alone in an office with the door closed or alone in your residence hall.
- Be tested for COVID-19 according to the schedule in your Campus Passport (no vaccine is 100% effective).
- Complete the Daily Health Assessment each day, prior to coming to work.
- Follow all university distancing and other health and safety guidelines.
- Show your Campus Passport when accessing campus facilities, and follow instructions within your passport.
Updating your passport with your vaccinated status
Once you have received both of your shots (Moderna/Pfizer) or your single Johnson & Johnson shot, open your Campus Passport and click on Preferences at the bottom of the Main Menu. You will see a link to click to update your COVID-19 vaccination status by uploading a picture of your completed vaccination card. This will be reviewed by a Brandeis medical provider, and upon approval, you will notice a COVID-19 Vaccine sticker appear in your Passport. Those who have been fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine upon returning from out-of-state travel.
Please make sure to update your vaccination status in the Passport Portal as described above to take advantage of this option. If you are fully vaccinated, when you answer the Daily Health Assessment after travel, select the second option “MET REQUIREMENTS”.
Brandeis will be publicly reporting the percentage of our community that is vaccinated on our COVID-19 Dashboard, so please do not forget to take this step!
Students eligible for vaccines in their home states
Brandeis has had incidents of students traveling to their home states or distant vaccination sites to get their initial vaccination, who have tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return. Brandeis will not approve travel to another state for the purpose of receiving a vaccine. Students who wish to leave Massachusetts to be vaccinated should plan to not return for the rest of the semester.
Will Brandeis make the COVID vaccine mandatory?
Brandeis strongly encourages all community members to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible and can obtain an appointment. We recognize that some universities have announced that they will require vaccinations for some portions of their student populations in the fall. Brandeis is still considering what approach to adopt with regard to requiring vaccines for fall 2021.