Vaccine Information

To help make the most efficient use of any vaccine received by MIT Medical, the Institute is asking MIT community members to complete a pre-registration vaccine eligibility form to help determine their vaccine eligibility group. Responses to the form are nonbinding, meaning they may be updated later. This information will be kept private — not shared beyond those who need it for operational purposes.

This page provides support information for the pre-registration vaccine eligibility form. For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccine see: https://medical.mit.edu/faqs/faq-covid-19-vaccine-information

Q: Who is eligible to fill out the pre-registration vaccine eligibility form?
A: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved MIT to serve as an employer-based distributor of the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that MIT will have permission to vaccinate the extended MIT community, including all faculty, staff, postdocs, students and affiliates (with an on-campus access allocation), as well as dependents and household members of our community members – regardless of where they usually get their healthcare or regardless where they are employed. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please contact: covidapps-help@mit.edu

Q: Are retirees of MIT eligible to fill out the pre-registration vaccine eligibility form?
A: Yes, retirees of MIT are eligible to fill out the form provided they have a part-time appointment at MIT, have an on-campus access allocation, or are a dependent / household member of someone who is employed by MIT, has an on-campus access allocation, or is a current MIT Medical patient. Please contact covidapps-help@mit.edu if you require assistance.

Q: If I have dependents who are under the age of 16 who want to get the vaccine at MIT Medical when their group is declared eligible for the vaccine by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, should I add them to the pre-registration vaccine eligibility form?
A: Yes. If and when they become eligible for vaccination, they will be invited to schedule an appointment.

Q: If I have started my vaccination process (first dose) at MIT Medical, do I still need to fill out the pre-registration vaccine eligibility form?
A: As MIT Medical already has a record of your vaccination process, you are not required to fill out the form. You may still use the form if you want to add any dependents who wish to be vaccinated at MIT. To do so, select “yes” to the prompt “Do you want to receive the vaccine at MIT” and then follow the subsequent prompts.

Q: If I have started my vaccination process (first dose) at somewhere other than MIT Medical, do I still need to fill out the form? Can I receive my second dose at MIT Medical?
A: You may still fill out the form to indicate that you have already received an initial vaccination shot. You should plan to receive your second dose at the same location or facility where you received your first dose.

Q: After I complete the form, can I check on my vaccine eligibility status? 
A: Individuals will be contacted if and when a vaccine is available to them. Keep in mind that MIT is following state and federal guidelines for determining the timeline for who is eligible for vaccination. Please, do not contact MIT Medical to request a vaccine. You may view or update your pre-registration vaccine eligibility form via covidvaccine.mit.edu at any time.

Q: What are the qualifying health conditions?
A: Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Active Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate to severe)

Q: What are the job role descriptions for household family members?
A: Examples for each role are listed below. Note: As the Commonwealth is strict about the interpretation of these guidelines, please ensure your response to this question is accurate and truthful.

  • Early and K-12 education: Early education, K-12
  • First responders: Emergency medical services, police, and fire
  • Food and grocery services: Employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors, Meatpackers, Food pantry workers and volunteers, Convenience store workers
  • Funeral services: Funeral directors and funeral workers
  • Health care workers: Clinical, non-clinical, and home-based health care workers
  • Long term care services: Staff in long term care facilities, rest homes, assisted living facilities, and congregate care settings
  • Medical supply chain: Medical supply chain workers
  • Public works and utilities: Water and wastewater utility staff
  • Sanitation services: Sanitation, public works and public health workers
  • Shipping port/terminal services: Shipping port and terminal workers
  • Transportation services: Uber/Lyft/ride share services/pharmacy delivery drivers, workers in the passenger ground transportation industry (e.g. paratransit for people with Disabilities, food delivery, non-urgent medical transport), Massport workers other than police
  • US Court systems: Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorney, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
  • Vaccine development: Vaccine development workers
  • Other: Any other job family not listed

Page updated 2/10/2021