Vaccine Information

The Covid Vaccine application enables MIT community members provide proof of COVID-19 and flu vaccination status by uploading a digital image or PDF of an official record, such as a CDC vaccination card. The Covid Vaccine application is available within the MIT Atlas mobile app or via covidvaccine.mit.edu to anyone with an MIT Kerberos account.

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Frequently Asked Questions

MIT requirements for COVID-19 vaccination

Q: Who is required to be fully vaccinated in order to access campus?
A: The current Institute vaccine policy is detailed on the MIT Now site. Visit MIT Now for COVID-related policies and updates.

Q: What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
A: For purposes of campus access, MIT considers a person fully vaccinated once proof of a complete course of vaccination (either a single-dose vaccine or the second shot of a two-dose series) and a vaccine booster (if the individual is eligible) is uploaded and approved in the Covid Vaccine application.

Q: Who is required to receive a COVID-19 booster?
A: Effective January 14, 2022, MIT requires COVID-19 boosters for the entire MIT community, including Lincoln Laboratory employees.

Q: When should I get my booster so that I satisfy the requirement?
A: You have two weeks from the time you become eligible to receive a booster to satisfy the requirement.

Check the Vaccine section of the MIT Atlas mobile app, or the covidvaccine.mit.edu website, to see your booster due date. The app calculates your booster eligibility and due date based on the vaccination date and type you previously uploaded. If you are not yet eligible, you do not need to request an exemption. Provide proof of your booster by the date shown in the app to meet the MIT requirement.

If you have already uploaded proof of a booster, or you received a booster at an MIT Medical clinic, and your status is shown as “pending,” you have met the requirement and no further action is needed, as your proof is being processed.

If you received Moderna or Pfizer, or were fully vaccinated outside of the United States, you become eligible five months after your second dose. If you received Johnson & Johnson, you become eligible two months after your single dose.

Q: Does my booster need to be the same kind as my prior vaccination?
A: No.

Q: What is acceptable proof of vaccination? When should proof be submitted?
A: A digital image or PDF file of an official vaccination record, such as a CDC vaccination card, uploaded to the Covid Vaccine application will serve as proof of vaccination. It is recommended that proof is uploaded as soon as possible after receiving a one-does vaccine, or after each dose in a two-dose series.

Q: How do I submit my proof of vaccination?
A: The easiest way to upload proof of vaccination is through the Covid Vaccine feature in the MIT Atlas mobile application, since an image can be taken and uploaded using a mobile device. Vaccine proof images or PDFs can also be uploaded through MIT’s Covid Vaccine application website.

The steps are the same for the mobile and website versions of the application:

  1. Take a picture of the vaccine card or record, or have a PDF document ready.
  2. Visit the Covid Vaccine feature in the Atlas mobile app or on the web at covidvaccine.mit.edu.
  3. Choose the type of vaccine.
  4. Upload a picture or PDF of the vaccination record, and fill in the details requested.

If you experience technical trouble with the Atlas Mobile or Covid Vaccine applications, contact covidapps-help@mit.edu.

Q: I uploaded my proof of booster but it is still showing as “pending.” Do I need to take any additional action?
A: No. Given the large volume of booster proofs that have been uploaded, the review process by MIT Medical may take longer than usual.

Q: How can I request an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?
A: Exemptions to MIT's COVID-19 vaccination requirement may be requested for the following reasons:

  • Medical reasons
  • Religious reasons
  • The individual works 100% outside of the United States
  • The individual faces a temporary barrier to getting vaccinated

To request an exemption, visit the Covid Vaccine application website or the Vaccine feature within the MIT Atlas mobile app. Click or tap the "request an exemption" link and follow the instructions. Requests for exemptions will be reviewed by MIT and subject to approval or denial.

Q: If I received an approved exemption for the initial series of COVID vaccination, do I need a new exemption for the booster?
A: No. Your initial approved exemption will apply for the booster requirement as well.

Q: How does vaccination status affect access to campus buildings? How does vaccination status affect registration for classes? What happens if someone does not provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
A: Community members who do not upload proof of vaccination to covidvaccine.mit.edu or receive an approved exemption will not be granted access to non-residential campus buildings.

Students who do not comply with the Institute's vaccine policy will be unable to register for classes due to a registration hold and not be granted access to non-residential campus buildings.

Q: What is the procedure for a person facing a temporary barrier to getting vaccinated?
A: Report the temporary barrier using the exemption request process described above. Select "temporary" as the reason for the request.

Q: I can’t get a booster where I will be before I travel to MIT; can I get it when I arrive?
A: If you are able to get a vaccine booster after you return and before you access campus, be sure to upload proof to the Covid Vaccine application.

If you need to be on campus before you are able to get a booster, apply for a temporary exemption (see above).

For international students who are planning to travel outside of the United States, please consult the MIT International Students Office (ISO) “Visas and Travel” webpage for the latest information and resources from the U.S. federal government on vaccine and testing requirements for entry to the United States.

Q: I have experienced a breakthrough positive result since vaccination. How long do I have to wait until my booster?
A: Community members who are due for a booster dose and recently tested positive for COVID-19 must still get a booster. You are advised to wait fourteen days after your positive test result to get a booster. You will have up to thirty days after diagnosis to fulfill the MIT booster requirement. A positive COVID-19 result does not fulfill the requirement.

For international students

Q: Where can international students find information about how MIT and U.S. government vaccination and travel requirements apply to them?
A: The current Institute vaccine policy is detailed on the MIT Now site. Visit MIT Now for COVID-related policies and updates.

For international students who are planning to travel outside of the United States, consult the MIT International Students Office (ISO) “Visas and Travel” webpage for the latest information and resources from the U. S. federal government on vaccine and testing requirements for entry to the United States.

Q: Who should international students contact if they have any concerns about travel outside, or entry into, the United States?
A: International students with such concerns should contact their ISO Advisor

Q: What happens if a newly enrolled or continuing international student only has access to, or has already received a vaccine that is not yet approved by the FDA or WHO?
A: They should document their immunization in the Covid Vaccine application. International students already in the United States should contact MIT Medical to clarify next steps to become fully vaccinated at MIT.

For current information on U.S. federal government requirements, and additional resources for international students, see the MIT International Students Office (ISO) website, which includes links to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on acceptable vaccines for entry to the United States.

Q: What happens if an international student will not have access to any vaccines before arriving at MIT?
A: They should report this as a temporary barrier using the exemption request process described above. Select "temporary" as the reason for the request. MIT Medical will contact the student to discuss next steps.

The MIT International Students Office (ISO) website will continue to update the U.S. federal government requirements for vaccines and testing needed to enter the U.S.  The CDC has provided a helpful infographic with links on acceptable proof of vaccination and testing requirements.

Q: Which vaccines are approved by the World Health Organization?
A: The WHO publishes this information on their website.

Using the Covid Vaccine application

Q: Who can access the Covid Vaccine application? Do they need to be a Covid Pass user?
A: Every person with an active MIT Kerberos account may use the MIT Atlas Mobile and Covid Vaccine applications whether or not they use Covid Pass. The Atlas Mobile and Covid Vaccine applications use MIT Touchstone authentication.

Q: Who can access someone's vaccine status and how will this information be used?
A: An individual's vaccine status will only be accessible by authorized MIT Medical and supporting staff in accordance with established privacy and data retention policies.

Aggregated data, such as the overall percentage of MIT employees already vaccinated or planning to get vaccinated, will be used to help MIT make policy decisions, including testing and health-monitoring practices, mask requirements, and campus access requirements. Aggregated data may also be shared with the community to understand how protected the campus may be in the months ahead, as vaccination rates rise.

Q: How do those without access to a camera or scanner report proof of vaccination?
A: Those unable to provide a picture or PDF of their vaccination card or record may still enter the information from the card into the Covid Vaccine application:

  1. Select the vaccine received, enter the requested information, and click the Submit button. The error message, "Please select a valid image” will appear, but the information will be saved.
  2. Click the "x" in the upper right of the screen or close the window. Note: It is possible to return later to add a picture of a record.

If you experience technical trouble with the Atlas Mobile or Covid Vaccine applications, contact covidapps-help@mit.edu.

Q: What should someone do if they have lost their vaccination card?
A: Vaccination status (partially or fully vaccinated) can still be recorded in the Covid Vaccine application, even without uploading proof. Anyone who has lost their card is strongly encouraged to get a replacement one for future use. The CDC recommends contacting the vaccination provider directly to request a replacement record, or, if that is not possible, contacting the relevant state health department’s immunization information system. More details are available on this CDC page, under the heading, “Vaccination card and your second shot.”

Q: How can Covid Vaccine users take picture of their vaccine card or record?
A: Instructions for taking a picture using Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android are available in the Knowledge Base.

Q: Can a PDF version of a proof of vaccination document be uploaded to the Covid Vaccine application?
A: Yes. The Covid Vaccine application accepts PDF documents.

Q: I previously provided proof of vaccination from a manufacturer not approved for use in the United States (such as Oxford AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, etc.) and I have since received a vaccine from a US-approved manufacturer, but I cannot upload proof of this to the MIT Covid Vaccine app. What can I do?
A: Contact covidapps-help@mit.edu for assistance updating your Covid Vaccine record.

COVID-19 vaccines at MIT

Q: Is MIT vaccinating community members? Can I book my booster appointment with MIT Medical?
A: MIT Medical will announce any clinics as they are scheduled. Unitl that time, we urge you to receive your vaccine from a local pharmacy or large-scale vaccination site.

To find a location in Massachusetts for either initial vaccination or for a booster, visit the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Finder.

Q: Can the spouse or child of an MIT community member get a booster at an MIT clinic?
A: Due to limited supplies, no. Booster clinic reservations require a Touchstone login, and so are available to community members with an MIT Kerberos account.

Q: If someone received a vaccine from MIT Medical and is now fully vaccinated do they need to do anything else to provide proof?
A: No. In this case, proof of vaccination has already been recorded by MIT Medical.

Q: Where can questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines at MIT be directed?
A: For questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, email medical@mit.edu.

Flu vaccination requirements

Q: Who is required to receive the flu vaccine?
A: All students are required to receive a flu vaccine this year. Failure to meet the flu vaccination requirement will result in the student’s loss of building access (except their residence hall) and a registration hold for IAP and second semester classes.

Q: How can I upload my proof of flu vaccination?
A: If you received a flu immunization at one of the recent MIT flu clinics, no action is required. Proof has automatically been uploaded into Covid Vaccine, which you may check by visiting covidvaccine.mit.edu. This is also the case if you received your vaccine at MIT Medical on a date other than during the flu clinic.

If you have received or plan to receive a flu vaccine off-campus, you must submit proof by uploading appropriate documentation. Visit the Vaccine feature within the MIT Atlas mobile app or covidvaccine.mit.edu on the web. Click or tap on “Upload external flu shot” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Q: Are there exemptions for the flu vaccine requirement for students?
A: Yes. If you are a student who is eligible for a flu vaccine exemption, complete this form and submit it to medrpt@med.mit.edu.

Page updated 1/17/22