Covid-19 Testing & Passport Updates

March 29, 2021

Dear Brandeis Community,

As Massachusetts’ public health guidance related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are making changes to our own guidelines to reflect these developments. Please read this email carefully to understand how these updates will affect you and our evolving testing operations.

Admissions Testing Site Closing April 1 - To gear up for our admissions season, we will be moving our testing site from the Shapiro Admissions Center to right next door at Ridgewood A Commons (rear entrance) beginning on Thursday, April 1. There will be several 15 min parking spots reserved in T lot to accommodate testing; as of April 1, no testing parking will be permitted in the Admissions Lot. Signs will be posted to guide you to the new location. We would like to thank the Admissions Department for the generous use of their building for our COVID-19 testing since last August!

Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure in Passport - We are thrilled to learn that so many of our community members have been vaccinated with one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines. Many of you have written to the Testing Program to ask how to let us know of your new status. Once you have received both of your shots (Moderna/Pfizer) or your single J&J 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.

Travel Quarantine Eliminated for Vaccinated Individuals - In accordance with Massachusetts guidance, Brandeis University will no longer require quarantining after out-of-state travel for fully vaccinated individuals (14 days after the last required dose of vaccine). 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”. Please note: students are still prohibited from travel outside of Massachusetts unless approved to do so by the Dean of Students Office. Faculty and staff wishing to travel on university business must continue to seek approval from the Provost’s Office.

Continue Testing! While we are able to eliminate the travel quarantine requirement for our vaccinated community members in accordance with the Massachusetts Travel Advisory, we are not changing the frequency of our testing requirements at Brandeis at this time, as there is simply not enough public health data to guide our decision-making. So, everyone — vaccinated or not — needs to continue to submit samples as guided by their individual Passports.

We continue to urge you to distance, mask, and limit your exposure to others — this pandemic is NOT OVER. Let’s end our semester strong and healthy!

Best regards,

Morgen Bergman
COVID-19 Testing Program Director
Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives