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February 9, 2021

Dear members of the Tufts University community:

On February 1, we announced that Tufts had been approved by the state to administer COVID-19 vaccines through the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Program (MCVP). This approval was the first in a multi-step process ultimately enabling us to provide vaccine to our community directly.

Today, I am pleased to inform you that the state has provided us with vaccine against COVID-19, and we are able to start vaccinating individuals identified as eligible in phase 1 and phase 2, group 1 of the Commonwealth’s vaccination rollout plan. In accordance with the state’s phased approach, the first group in phase 2 to receive vaccine are individuals aged 75 years and older.

If you qualify at this time to receive the vaccine, we will contact you directly to schedule your appointments. As currently available vaccines require two injections to be effective, we will give you two appointments. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis while our supply of vaccine lasts. Please do not call or email Tufts Health Service or make inquires to Jumbo Health or Tufts Medical Center to request the vaccine. We will know if you are eligible based on your birth date in our student or employee records.

If you qualify for this phase, you may also seek vaccination through public distribution sites in your communities or through your own health providers.

If you have questions about vaccine eligibility or how to get vaccinated at locations outside of Tufts University, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine and identify your phase and priority group.
  2. Use the mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap to find a vaccine clinic near you.
  3. Make an appointment online and complete the attestation form.

When information becomes available about subsequent phases, we will update the community.

Vaccination against COVID-19 does not necessarily prevent you from contracting the virus or spreading it to others. However, after completing both injections, your risk of acquiring infection or having serious disease should be greatly reduced.

Regardless of vaccination status, Tufts will require everyone to continue to comply with routine COVID-19 surveillance testing and protocols for physical distancing; face masks; hand hygiene; and contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation.

You will find information about the university’s vaccination policies and plans at https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts/covid-19-vaccinations-tufts, including frequently asked questions and links to previous communications.

Sincerely yours,

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