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Harvard will require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall

Pedestrians walk through Harvard Yard in Cambridge.Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Harvard University will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to the university’s campus, officials announced Wednesday, becoming the latest in a series of local colleges and universities to require the shots for students coming back in the fall.

The announcement from University President Lawrence S. Bacow and several other top administrators said the school expects staff, faculty, and researchers on campus “will make every effort to be vaccinated as well.”

Bacow’s announcement noted the increased availability of vaccines as a potential route to a return to normal life and a reason for the requirement.

“We hope to be able to offer a less restricted, robust on-campus experience for all our students this fall,” said the announcement, e-mailed to the Harvard community on Wednesday. “These plans, however, depend on low infection rates in our community and across our region.”


Harvard, through its partnership with Mass General Brigham, will begin offering a vaccination clinic Friday for students in Boston. International students unable to receive an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccination prior to their return will be vaccinated on arrival, the announcement said.

The university will continue to require COVID-19 testing during the fall semester, though the announcement did not provide any details on frequency.

Here’s a list of all the colleges and universities in Massachusetts requiring the shots, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication tracking the policies:

▪ Northeastern University

▪ Boston University

▪ Emerson College

▪ Tufts University

▪ University of Massachusetts Amherst

▪ All nine of the state’s public universities, including Framingham State University and Massachusetts College of Art & Design

▪ Smith College

▪ Mount Holyoke College

▪ Hampshire College

▪ Amherst College

▪ Berklee College of Music

▪ College of the Holy Cross

▪ Assumption University

▪ Boston College

▪ Brandeis University


▪ Lasell University

▪ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

▪ MCPHS University

▪ Simmons University

▪ Springfield College

▪ Suffolk University

▪ University of Massachusetts Boston

▪ University of Massachusetts Lowell

▪ University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

▪ Wheaton College

▪ William James College

▪ Williams College

The state’s community college system will not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students returning to campus in the fall.

Brown University in Rhode Island also will require the shots.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.