Last updated: December 20, 2021

Requirement

All MIT faculty, staff, and enrolled students must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have received an exemption from vaccination, in order to work, study, and/or live on campus

In addition, effective January 14, 2022, Covid-19 vaccine boosters are required of all eligible MIT employees, faculty, and enrolled students, as well as anyone else who studies, works, or lives on MIT’s campus or who regularly accesses MIT facilities. Individuals who are not yet eligible for a booster as of January 14 must receive the booster shot within 2 weeks of the date they become eligible.

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The vaccination requirement also applies to partners, spouses, and family members (those eligible and old enough for vaccination) living in MIT residences or FSILGs; certain contractors and others regularly working on campus; and other individuals who regularly access MIT facilities in Cambridge, such as DAPER. For staff represented by a union, MIT’s labor relations team will continue discussions with union leadership about this requirement.

MIT will accept all vaccines that have received either Emergency Use Authorization or final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, as well as those vaccines with an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization. Proof of vaccination must be submitted using Covid Vaccine in the Atlas mobile app or at Covid Vaccine. Access to this information will be limited, as provided in the Covid Pass privacy statement, and will be used to monitor the level of vaccination in our community and take measures to mitigate or respond to any outbreaks.

Booster requirement

Effective January 14, 2022, Covid-19 vaccine boosters are required of all eligible MIT employees, faculty, and enrolled students, as well as anyone else who studies, works, or lives on MIT’s campus or who regularly accesses MIT facilities.

To be eligible, five months must have passed since the last Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two months must have passed since the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen dose. Individuals who received a vaccine not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are eligible for a booster if six months have passed since the last dose.

Eligible individuals must receive a booster and upload proof before the January 14, 2022 deadline. A photo of the booster documentation should be uploaded via covidvaccine.mit.edu or the Atlas app.

Individuals who believe they won’t be able to receive the booster by the deadline should contact vaccine-requirement@mit.edu as soon as possible for assistance.

Individuals who are not yet eligible for a booster will have two weeks after becoming eligible to receive the booster shot and upload proof before being out of compliance with MIT’s booster requirement.

Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption to MIT’s vaccination requirement are also exempt from the booster requirement.

Exemptions

Normally, exemptions to this requirement may only be granted to faculty, staff, or students for medical or religious reasons, or to staff who are working entirely internationally; temporary exemptions may be granted to international students who are unable to access an FDA- or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine before arriving on campus.

Individuals with approved religious or medical exemptions from the Institute’s vaccine requirement are also exempt from the booster requirement; since they have not received the primary vaccine series, they are not eligible for a booster. Individuals who were approved for an exemption but then received the primary vaccine series must reapply for an exemption from the booster requirement.

Vaccinated individuals who are eligible for a booster but who would like to request an exemption from the booster requirement should request an exemption as soon as possible at covidvaccine.mit.edu or via the vaccine module on the Atlas app.

Travel

Covid-19 vaccination is required for community members seeking to participate in MIT-sponsored international or domestic travel, unless the traveler has an approved medical or religious exemption.

Effective December 17, 2021, travelers who are eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccination must also receive their booster shot and upload proof of booster immunization immunization before MIT-related travel commences. See MIT’s Covid travel policy for more details.

Visitors

In order to access MIT’s campus and MIT-sponsored events via the Tim Tickets system (MIT’s visitor pass system), invited visitors and event attendees must attest to being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or having a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. Effective January 14, 2022, Tim Ticket users who are eligible for a booster vaccination must also attest to having received the booster shot.

All other campus visitors and attendees of MIT-sponsored events are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated (with booster when eligible) against Covid-19 unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

Questions?

MIT Medical has answers to common questions about vaccination and how and when you can get your vaccine or booster shot. If you have further questions about MIT’s vaccine requirement and would like to speak with someone, please email vaccine-requirement@mit.edu.