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Staying Healthy on Campus

Harvard’s adaptable, multi-pronged approach is guided by the most current medical advice and research, and has allowed our students, faculty, staff, and researchers to stay healthy while working and learning on campus. Individual assessment of risk and collective commitment to health and safety protocols reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 guidance and information below is intended to help inform members of the Harvard community with an on-campus presence about the policies they should be aware of to keep themselves, and the community, safe. Additionally, many of us continue to face stresses due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Below are resources that are available to the entire community to support physical and mental wellbeing.

Visit the School and Program page for public health information and planning for any one of Harvard’s Schools or Units.

 

What to know before coming to campus

Stay Up-to-Date on Your Vaccinations

In order to register for spring term, students must be compliant with all vaccine requirements. This includes the annual flu shot as well as the bivalent Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster. HUHS will offer the new COVID-19 Moderna bivalent Omicron booster starting the week of September 19. The booster now includes protection against the most prevalent, highly contagious, Omicron variant as well as the original strain. The University will also continue to monitor employee compliance for primary series vaccination.

Assess Your Personal Risk

People should make an informed decision about COVID precautions like masking and social distancing based on the presence of the virus in their community, personal and family health conditions, the vaccination status of those they interact with, and other factors. The CDC recommends that those at high risk for severe illness and those in communities where transmission is classified as "medium" or "high" wear a well-fitting mask in indoor, public settings.

Masking

Face coverings are optional in all indoor and outdoor spaces on Harvard’s campuses, except in health care facilities such as HUHS. Schools and Units may continue to require masking in certain settings as they deem appropriate. If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protection, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so.

Rapid Antigen Testing

Harvard encourages affiliates to use rapid antigen "at-home" tests when they have symptoms of COVID-19 or need confirmation of their COVID status. Members of the community can visit the testing page for more information on where to procure antigen tests. HUHS has a brief tutorial on signing up for antigen test home delivery for eligible Harvard University insurance carriers.

Stay Home If You Feel Unwell

Use Crimson Clear to report if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have tested positive outside of the University’s testing program or HUHS.

If You've Been Exposed

Review HUHS' guidance if you think you have been exposed to someone who was positive for COVID-19.
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Environmental Health and Safety

EH&S has created resources for COVID-19 that inform best practices around on-campus activities, federal and state guidance, and trainings for affiliates on campus.

EH&S site