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:

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.

Sincerely,
Carol Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stew Uretsky, Executive Vice President for Finance
and Administration