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Compliance with Federal Vaccination Requirement

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Researchers,

The Biden Administration issued an executive order on September 9, requiring, among other directives, that employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional related guidance was published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on September 24. As a federal contractor, Harvard University will comply with these requirements.

We have a high vaccination rate among our on-campus employee population (97% as of today). For those of you who have already submitted record of full vaccination to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), nothing has changed, and no further action is needed (you can confirm your vaccination status record by logging into Crimson Clear). If you have not submitted record of full vaccination (including a copy of your vaccine card), please submit your vaccination record to HUHS by November 15. 

Consistent with the new federal guidance, all Harvard employees, including those who are on 100% remote work status, must be fully vaccinated. Employees who claim a medical or religious exemption are required to submit for review signed exemption-claim documentation, and they will be notified if they have been deemed legally exempt from the federal requirement. Employees who have already claimed a medical or religious exemption through Crimson Clear will be contacted by HUHS to complete and submit the appropriate documentation. Anyone who has not currently claimed an exemption, but wishes to do so, can email by October 29, 2021. Individuals who do not have a legal exemption and are not fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021, will no longer be eligible to work at Harvard.

Unvaccinated individuals who are deemed legally entitled to a medical or religious exemption will have more frequent COVID-19 testing requirements and may be subject to additional public health measures. Failure to comply with the more frequent testing requirements and other additional public health measures will result in appropriate disciplinary measures.

Our best weapon against COVID-19 is campus-wide vaccination. These vaccines work in preventing serious infections and are highly effective coupled with masks and our other public health measures. With your continued commitment and vigilance, we can ensure that we and our colleagues and loved ones stay safe.

Thank you for playing your role in protecting our community against COVID-19.


Lawrence S. Bacow

Alan M. Garber

Katie Lapp
Executive Vice President

Giang T. Nguyen
Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services