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Phase 1

Following the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccine guidelines, the university has begun vaccinating members of the Tufts community identified as priority in Phase 1 (December 2020 – February 2021) of the Commonwealth’s rollout plan.

During the University’s first phase, those being vaccinated against COVID-19 include:

  • Clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers at Tufts University
    • TUSM students in the MD and PA programs only and dental students, faculty, and staff*
    • Health Service staff
    • Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) staff
    • Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Occupational Therapy, who are or will be patient-facing in their roles at Tufts University
    • Staff supporting COVID-19 testing
  • First responders
    • Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) workers
    • Tufts University Policy Department (TUPD) officers
    • Tufts University Public Safety dispatchers

*Medical students in other TUSM programs or those learning remotely are not included in Phase 1. Clinical faculty who work within a healthcare system outside of Tufts University and faculty in private practice will not be vaccinated by Tufts University.

We are partnering with the Tufts Medical Center and the cities of Worcester and Somerville to administer vaccinations to priority groups during Phase 1.

Please do not call Tufts Health Service or make inquires to Jumbo Health or Tufts Medical Center to request the vaccine. We will contact members of the Tufts community about scheduling their vaccinations as we follow the phased rollout plan defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

If you have questions about the phased vaccine rollout at Tufts University, please email CovidTesting@tufts.edu.

Everyone vaccinated will be expected to follow the university's public health safety protocols including continuing to wear face masks in public spaces and in apartments and residence halls, except in the bedroom with only one’s roommate present and while bathing; wearing appropriate PPE in patient care settings; following social distancing guidelines; and practicing proper hand hygiene.

In addition, students, faculty and staff who have been vaccinated will continue in the routine weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. Similarly, they will continue to follow existing quarantine, isolation and travel protocols until further notice.

**Federal and State guidance is rapidy changing. We will update this page as soon as new information becomes available.**

Read more about the Commonwealth’s phased rollout plan for the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are eligible for the vaccine under Phase One, go here to learn how to receive the vaccine: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-expands-vaccine-access-to-all-eligible-residents-in-phase-one.