Questions and Answers About Brandeis' Student Vaccination Requirement

Q: What COVID-19 vaccines will be accepted to meet the student vaccination requirements?

A: Brandeis will accept any vaccine authorized or approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA). Currently, this includes the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.

Brandeis and U.S. public health experts are still evaluating how non-U.S. FDA authorized vaccinations will be treated. We will offer additional guidance as we get closer to the start of the semester.

Q: What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated?”

A: To be fully vaccinated, you must have received a) two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or b) one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In any case, the final dose must have been received at least two weeks prior to arriving on campus for the fall semester.

Q: I am a returning student, how do I submit proof of vaccination?

A: Once you have received a) both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or b) your one-and-only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, upload a photo of your completed vaccination card to the Brandeis Campus Passport. Within the Campus Passport, click on “Preferences” at the bottom of the Main Menu, and you will see a link to upload your COVID-19 vaccination documentation.

Q. I am a new student to Brandeis, how do I submit proof of vaccination?

A: If you are an incoming student, you will be able to upload your completed vaccination card to the Brandeis Campus Passport after Aug 9. Please also include your vaccination information when you complete your Health Center health report you will fill out closer to your arrival on campus.

Q: I am an international student and have already received a COVID vaccination that is not authorized/approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. What will I need to do to be able to attend classes on campus this fall?

A: Brandeis and U.S. public health experts are still evaluating how non-U.S. FDA authorized vaccinations will be treated. We will offer additional guidance as we get closer to the start of the semester.

Q: I won’t be able to obtain a vaccination before the start of the fall semester. What can I do to be able to attend classes on campus this fall?

A: Brandeis will be offering on-campus vaccination clinics at the start of the fall semester. Students who are unable to obtain a vaccine before the semester begins will be eligible to sign up for an on-campus vaccination appointment at one of these clinics.

If you receive a vaccination during one of the on-campus start-of-fall-semester vaccination clinics, your ability to access campus spaces and facilities will be limited until you are fully vaccinated. This can take 2 to 6 weeks from your initial dose. More information regarding fall on-campus vaccination clinics will be provided as we get closer to the start of the fall semester.

Q: Does Brandeis provide COVID vaccines?

A: Brandeis will be offering on-campus vaccination clinics at the start of the fall semester. However, we strongly encourage you to obtain a vaccine in a locality convenient for you as soon as possible.

Students who receive a vaccination during one of the on-campus start-of-fall-semester vaccination clinics will have limited access to campus spaces and facilities until they are fully vaccinated. This can take 2 to 6 weeks from the initial dose. More information regarding fall on-campus vaccination clinics will be provided as we get closer to the start of the fall semester.

Q: Where else can I get vaccinated near campus?

You may receive any of the three FDA-authorized vaccines (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna), anywhere they are offered. In Massachusetts and the Waltham area, vaccines are available at pharmacies like the CVS locations on Harvard Street and Lexington Street, at Hannaford, Star Market’s Osco Pharmacy, and the Walgreens locations on Weston St. and Main Street. They are also available at the state-run Mass Vaccination sites. The availability of appointments varies depending on the day, but vaccines are quickly becoming more available.
If you receive your vaccine off campus, be sure to upload your vaccination card, once you have completed your vaccinations (the two required for the Pfizer or Moderna or the one from Johnson & Johnson) to the Campus Passport.

Q: Are Brandeis faculty and staff required to be vaccinated?

A: Brandeis is currently evaluating vaccination requirements for faculty and staff.

We strongly encourage all employees to get vaccinated as soon as they can. Once you have received both doses of the vaccine (or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), you should upload a photo of your vaccination card into the Brandeis Campus Passport to receive your COVID-19 Vaccination Sticker.

Q: How do I submit a medical or religious exemption?

A: We will provide additional instruction on how to submit a medical or religious exemption as we get closer to the start of the semester.