Brandeis COVID-19 Vaccination Update
April 16, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
When we wrote to you last week about the expansion of vaccination eligibility in Massachusetts, we noted that we have been working to obtain vaccinations for our community. We are pleased to share that this coming week, in collaboration with our Waltham-based pharmacy partner, we will be offering approximately 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to our students living in residence halls.
Residential students have received a separate email giving them detailed instructions about how and when to sign up. If you are a residential student, please look for, read, and save that email.
As we mentioned last week, the number of doses we received depended entirely upon a federal allocation, over which Brandeis had no control. Unfortunately, we are unable to open this clinic to our entire community at this time due to the limited number of doses we have been allocated. We are hopeful that we will be allocated additional doses in the near future, which would allow us to offer subsequent vaccination clinics. We are offering our first clinic to residential students because they will be leaving housing by May 17, and this schedule enables them to get a second dose before their departure.
We want to remind you that there are an increasing number of options across the state through which to obtain vaccinations; please see resources to find appointments on our vaccination page. Also, Brandeis will be offering a complimentary shuttle to the Natick MassVax site beginning on Monday, April 19.
With our full community eligible to receive vaccines as of Monday, April 19, here are a few reminders:
- It is common to feel unwell after receiving a vaccine. If you feel unwell, STAY HOME; DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS (or leave your room if you are on campus). If you are a student, call the Health Center at 781-736-3677 to arrange to speak with a provider about your symptoms. Staff may contact their primary care physician if they have concerns about symptoms, and should notify their manager or dean if they will be absent from work.
- Remember, you will not achieve full immunity from the vaccines currently offered after one dose, or even immediately after the second dose. It is vitally important that you continue to wear your mask, physically distance and limit your exposure to others, and adhere to all Brandeis policies and procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Students, sign up to get your vaccination as soon as possible, even if you can only receive one dose before you leave Waltham at the end of the term. You can sign up for your second dose closer to home, but it is of vital importance to keep your vaccination card. There is evidence that second doses can be effective outside of the recommended time frame of 3-4 weeks (up to six weeks after the first dose) so please do not delay in getting vaccinated.
- Remember, if you have already received BOTH doses of the vaccine (or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), please upload a picture of your vaccination card into the Passport to receive your COVID-19 Vaccination Sticker.
- Testing requirements remain unchanged, even for fully vaccinated individuals.
We are thrilled to offer vaccination clinics to our residential students, which will be an important step in protecting our community and preparing our campus for a healthy return in the fall. We will update the community as soon as possible if we are able to offer additional vaccination clinics.
Carol Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stew Uretsky, Executive Vice President for Financeand Administration