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Will I be able to receive a COVID vaccination through Emerson or Tufts Medical Center?

Last Updated: 2021-03-30 04:49 pm

The vaccine supply in Massachusetts has been very limited and continues to be, particularly for hospitals. At this time, we are unable to offer vaccines to the Emerson community through Tufts Medical Center. We are continuing to explore the possibility of setting up a vaccination clinic with Tufts at the beginning of the Fall semester, should the supply chain open up.

Members of the community are encouraged to seek out vaccines at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites, at a participating pharmacy or supermarket, or through their personal physicians. Massachusetts has instituted a pre-registration site where residents can sign up to receive appointments at one of the mass vaccination sites once they are eligible. See the state’s COVID-19 vaccination site to find out when you are eligible.

If you are a student who is planning to remain in Massachusetts after May 1, we recommend you pre-register with the state for a vaccine and utilize one of the many sites around the area.



I have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Can I still get vaccinated?

Last Updated: 2021-02-01 04:19 pm

Vaccinations may be administered once a person has recovered from their COVID infection and their 10-day isolation period has been completed.

Category: COVID-19, Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Campus Safety Protocols, Public Health Response & Testing, Vaccines

Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff

Will I need to be tested before entering the U.S.?

Last Updated: 2021-01-29 02:18 pm

As a reminder, beginning January 26, 2021, all air travelers arriving to the U.S. will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days before their flight the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline, or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

This new testing requirement applies to international air travelers as well as U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents arriving to the U.S. from abroad.

Category: COVID-19, International Student Concerns

Audience: Students, Parents & Families

Will the vaccination be required for Emerson community members in order to come to campus?

Last Updated: 2021-01-26 10:06 am

The College expects that all faculty, staff, and students who are on campus or commute to campus will be vaccinated when they are eligible and a vaccination supply is available. Just as we have been working together to keep the community healthy this academic year by undergoing regular and frequent COVID testing, students, faculty, and staff should plan to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible in order to safeguard the health of the Emerson community, as well as that of friends, family, and neighbors in Boston and beyond.
Vaccination is the best tool we have to control the virus and create herd immunity, and the fastest way to return our campus and our world to something approaching normal. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to help end this pandemic by immunizing as much of our community as possible, so we expect everyone who can be vaccinated to do so.

Category: COVID-19, Public Health Response & Testing, Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Vaccines, Campus Safety Protocols

Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff

Can I get a job on campus? Will remote work be an option?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:38 pm

The College has both on-campus and remote student employment opportunities this spring semester. We are working through which offices may offer in-person employment with safety measures in place and which may offer virtual work opportunities.

Category: College Operations, Student Employment

Audience: Students, Parents & Families

If athletes don't play a season, what options do they have?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:38 pm

After careful consideration for the health and safety of our community, Emerson decided it will not field teams for competition for the Winter 2020-2021 athletic season. A decision for cancellation has not been made for the spring. Emerson joins several other Massachusetts colleges and universities, both in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and other athletic conferences. The Athletics Department will work closely with athletes to maintain connection, training, and preparation for future seasons.

Category: College Operations, COVID-19, Campus Safety Protocols, Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Public Health Response & Testing

Audience: Students, Parents & Families

Is Emerson Los Angeles open? How will I have my internship experience?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:39 pm

Given current guidance and regulations in California, the ELA campus is holding classes entirely online in the spring semester. Communication will continue to be sent directly to students registered for ELA about any changes.

Category: Academics, College Operations, Flex Learning, Remote Learning

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents & Families

Will Student Evaluations be done this spring?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:39 pm

Yes, per the regular process.

Category: Academics, College Operations, Flex Learning, Remote Learning

Audience: Students, Faculty

What would it take to get the population to “herd immunity” for COVID?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:39 pm

Herd immunity occurs when enough people have protection from a disease that it is unlikely that the disease will continue to spread. Experts do not know what percentage of people would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID. They also do not know how long the vaccine will protect people. Letting COVID spread through communities naturally would lead to unnecessary infections, suffering, and death.

If you have medical questions about the COVID vaccine, its efficacy, side effects, etc, please go to Mass Gov for guidance and information or the CDC Vaccination Guidelines.

Category: COVID-19, Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Public Health Response & Testing

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

If you get a vaccine, do you need a negative COVID test beforehand?

Last Updated: 2021-01-19 03:39 pm

No. The CDC does not recommend COVID screening tests before getting a COVID vaccine

Category: COVID-19, Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Public Health Response & Testing

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students