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.
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; however, vaccine appointments in many locations are becoming increasingly available.
You can now sign up for an on-campus vaccination appointment using the Passport Portal.
Similar to many other colleges and universities, Brandeis will require all new and returning students to be vaccinated when they arrive for the 2021/2022 academic year. For more information, please see the vaccination requirement announcement and FAQs about the requirement.
Brandeis will be offering a clinic with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot, on Wednesday, May 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Pfizer vaccine clinic will be held May 13 and 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is open to any students, faculty or staff members needing a first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The Brandeis community can sign up for one of these clinics through the Brandeis Campus Passport, which now features a green button that reads “Schedule COVID Vaccine”. Faculty, staff and students are all encouraged to sign up for appointments.
Ways to sign up for non-Brandeis vaccine appointments
Brandeis continues to encourage our community to seek any available opportunities to receive the vaccine. 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.
- Local pharmacies, such as the CVS at 800 Lexington St. in Waltham, are offering vaccines.
- The Twitter account @vaccinating 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!