Vaccine Information

The Covid Vaccine application enables MIT community members to report their COVID-19 vaccination status and to provide proof of vaccination 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.

Beginning August 9, MIT Medical will be holding walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics for MIT community members.

  • Days: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: MIT Medical Building E23 Room 009

Please remember to bring your MIT ID. Clinics are currently scheduled through early September.

Frequently Asked Questions

MIT requirements

Q: Who is required to be fully vaccinated in order to access campus?
A: MIT has announced that:

  • students enrolled or enrolling in fall classes,
  • faculty and staff working on campus, and
  • certain contractors and others working on campus or accessing MIT facilities in Cambridge

must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an approved exemption. Students must be fully vaccinated by the start of the fall semester; staff, faculty, and others authorized to access campus must be fully vaccinated by July 30, 2021.

If a student has not complied with the Institute's vaccine policy, it is important that they do so as soon as possible. Not being in compliance will result in being unable to register for the fall semester due to a registration hold and a loss of access to campus, including campus housing.

For staff represented by a union, reach out to union representatives if you have any questions or concerns.

Q: What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
A: According to the Centers for Disease Control, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (such as Moderna or Pfizer), or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

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. Answer “yes” to the question, “Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19?”
  4. Click the “Upload proof” button.
  5. Select the vaccine received.
  6. 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: What if I require a COVID-19 vaccine exemption for medical or religious reasons, or because I am approved for completely remote work?
A: If you can’t be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, or because you have been approved for completely remote work, you must request and be approved for an exemption.

To begin the process, visit the Covid Vaccine application, answer “no” to the question, “Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19?” and select “Medical reason,” or “Religious reason,” or choose “I am not getting one” if you are approved for remote work.

Once you’ve done this, you will need to complete an exemption request:

For more information about MIT's vaccination or exemption requirement for staff, faculty, and others who access campus, visit this FAQ from MIT Human Resources (Touchstone authentication required).

Q: When must current staff and newly enrolling or continuing MIT students be fully vaccinated in order to study, live, or work on campus for the fall term? How does vaccination status affect access to campus buildings? What happens if someone has not reported their status?
A: All community members who have not either a) uploaded proof of vaccination to covidvaccine.mit.edu, b) completed the student exemption form or the employee exemption form (Touchstone required), or c) contacted vaccine-requirement@mit.edu to indicate that they will not be able to meet the deadline, before the end of the day on Friday, July 30, will lose access to campus buildings after Sunday, August 1.

If a student has not complied with the Institute's vaccine policy, it is important that they do so as soon as possible. Not being in compliance will result in being unable to register for the fall semester due to a registration hold and a loss of access to campus, including campus housing.

Q: What is the procedure for returning to campus for a student, and/or their partner, spouse, or eligible family member who will be unable to meet the July 30 vaccination deadline, as they face a temporary barrier to getting vaccinated?
A:

Important Note: This answer is subject to change and updates, as arrival protocols are actively being re-evaluated and some restrictions detailed below may be lifted, pending Institute guidance. Current guidance (as of July 28) is:

Prior to returning, if they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical's form to report that they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and to plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning, follow these steps:

  1. Upon arrival, test at an MIT Medical COVID-19 testing facility. A physical MIT ID is not needed for testing, but you will need to know your MIT ID number and/or your Kerberos username. Note:
    • For on-campus residents, if you are unable to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival, you will be provided provisional access to your housing assignment until your test is verified by using the Covid Pass system. Visit the front desk of your residence during regular hours following your arrival to initiate the check-in process or, if you are arriving after the front desk closes, please dial (617) 253-1500 from a non-MIT phone or call 3-1500 from the beige phone in the outer lobby to tell the operator that you’re moving into your residence.
  2. Unvaccinated individuals should act with an abundance of caution on and around campus during the initial testing period (7 days) when it is unclear whether they have the virus and during the entire time prior to their being fully vaccinated. Please note the following applies to ALL unvaccinated arriving students, both those who live in Institute-approved housing and those who live elsewhere but will need to access campus:
    • New arrivals should monitor for any symptoms for the 7 days (testing on days 0, 4, 7), and per MIT policies, wear a face covering in all settings with other people (whether others are vaccinated or not), and get vaccinated.  
    • Unvaccinated individuals are allowed to participate in campus activities (indoors and outdoors) with others and must wear face covers at all times. For example, unvaccinated individuals are permitted to go to a vaccine clinic, get tested, pick up food or a package at the desk, grab take out at a dining hall, attend orientation events, and classes and research endeavors.
    • Unvaccinated individuals may want to talk to their supervisor, HRO, or instructors about any potential arrangements that may need to be made while completing their vaccination requirement.
    • Upon request and when possible, Housing and Residential Services will arrange for temporary housing assignments for unvaccinated students.
  3. Go to an MIT Medical vaccination clinic.
    • MIT Medical will be administering a free COVID-19 vaccine to MIT students (and eligible partners, spouses, dependents, and/or family members).
    • For those who arrive fully unvaccinated (no doses), go to the vaccination clinics held at MIT Medical (Building E23, Room 009) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m., beginning August 9.
    • Following this vaccination at MIT Medical, you (and your eligible partner, spouse, dependents, and/or family members) will have access to essential parts of campus, and your course registration will not be put on hold. On-campus residents will be provided access to their assigned room upon arrival. Residents must complete the entry testing protocols at the next available opportunity to do so. Residential desk staff will provide resident access to the building until the ID is active.
    • If you anticipate a late arrival and will miss the on-campus clinics, record or update your arrival date using the online form, and we will reach out with alternative vaccination options. You must be vaccinated as soon as you arrive to maintain access to campus buildings.
    • If you have been partially vaccinated with a vaccine not available in the United States, or you have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved by the World Health Organization, email covidteam@med.mit.edu and one of our MIT Medical clinicians will make a recommendation for what the next step is for vaccination.

For international students

Q: What happens if a newly enrolled / continuing international student has already received a vaccine that is not yet approved by the FDA?
A: They should document their immunization in the Covid Vaccine application. Those needing additional doses will be contacted when they arrive on campus.

Q: Which vaccines are approved by the World Health Organization?
A: The WHO publishes this information on their website. The current list (as of 6/9/21) is:

  • AstraZeneca/EU approved sites COVID-19 vaccine (ChAdOx1-S) [recombinant])
  • AstraZeneca/SKBio - COVID-19 vaccine (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant]
  • BioNtech Tozinameran - COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (nucleoside modified) - COMIRNATY®
  • BIBP/Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen–Cilag International NV (Belgium) COVID-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant])
  • Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (nucleoside modified)
  • Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd - COVID-19 vaccine (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant]) - COVISHIELD™
  • Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine (Vero Cell [Inactivated]) – CoronaVac

Q: What if an international student received a vaccine that is not FDA or WHO authorized? Will they be required to receive a US approved vaccine once they get to MIT?
A: If they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical’s form indicating they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning to campus, follow the steps outlined above.

Q: What happens if an international student only has access to vaccines not approved by the FDA?
A: Students should get vaccinated now with what is available in their region/country and then document their immunization in the Covid Vaccine application.

If they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical’s form indicating they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning to campus, follow the steps outlined above.

Q: What happens if an international student will not have access to any vaccines before the deadline?
A: If they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical’s form indicating they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning to campus, follow the steps outlined above.

Q: What if an international student can get the first dose of a non-US-approved vaccine at home, but would need to leave for MIT before receiving a second dose?
A: In such cases, students should speak with their personal health care provider about what to do. They might be advised to get the first dose at home and then get the US-approved vaccine upon arrival.

If they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical’s form indicating they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning to campus, follow the steps outlined above.

Q: If an international student arrives on the MIT campus and is not yet vaccinated, do they need to be quarantined?
A: No, quarantine is not required, however unvaccinated individuals should limit activity until they are fully vaccinated, and wear a face covering in all common areas of the residential hall. Procedures for students returning to campus who are unable to meet the vaccination requirement before the start of the fall term are outlined above.

Q: What if an international student has any concerns about meeting the MIT vaccine requirement?
A: If they have not already done so, complete MIT Medical’s form indicating they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Upon returning to campus, follow the steps outlined above.

Q: How early can international students arrive on campus?
A: International students are encouraged to arrive as early as August 16.

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.

COVID-19 vaccines at MIT

Q: Is MIT vaccinating community members?
A: Beginning August 9, MIT Medical will be holding walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics for MIT community members.

  • Days: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: MIT Medical Building E23 Room 009

Please remember to bring your MIT ID. Clinics are currently scheduled through early September.

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.

Page updated 8/2/21