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April 7, 2021

Dear members of the Tufts community,

Vaccination against COVID-19 is an extremely important public health measure. Achieving high levels of vaccination coverage globally will help the world return to a post-pandemic normal.

As many of you are aware, we have been trying to secure COVID-19 vaccines for members of our community. Given limited vaccine supplies, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health continues to prioritize the mass vaccination sites and is encouraging universities to have members of their communities register for the vaccine through the state rather than wait for the possibility of distribution on campuses.

If you are a Massachusetts resident and wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please use the website to register for the vaccine. The state will notify you as soon as you are eligible, and you will be assigned an appointment for vaccination. In Massachusetts, everyone who is 16 years or older will be eligible for vaccination as of April 19, 2021.

Kindly refrain from calling or emailing Tufts Health Service, the Office of the University Infection Control Health Director, Jumbo Health, Tufts Medical Center, or to request the vaccine. At present, we are unable to offer appointments to Tufts’ students, faculty, or staff. Should our ability to provide vaccine directly to the community change in the future, we will inform you.

As we look forward to a very bright future, we thank you for your continued patience as we follow the state’s vaccination rollout plan and for your continued adherence to the university's COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Sincerely yours,

Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
University Infection Control Health Director

Marie Caggiano, M.D., MPH
Medical Director, Health Services