Flu Vaccine

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan Community,

As we head into the 2020-21 flu season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that immunization for the flu is required by Dec. 31, 2020 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for all individuals who are enrolled in colleges and universities within the state. For more information on the Massachusetts requirement, visit Mass.gov.

As the majority of us are working and learning remotely, we encourage you to get your flu shot at your local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or health department as soon as possible (remember to bring your health insurance card).

In addition, Harvard community members are eligible to come to the Science Center Plaza on the Cambridge campus to get their flu shot. Flu shots will be available in the HUHS tent located in the Science Center Plaza every Monday and Wednesday from noon-3:00 pm. You can get your shot beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, continuing through Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. High-dose vaccine will be available for those age 65 and older. A Longwood campus location for flu shots will be announced soon and we will share that information when it becomes available.

For your safety and the safety of the community, if you do plan to come to campus to get your shot, you must wear a face covering at all times and practice physical distancing. Additionally, you must complete Crimson Clear which will prompt you to do take the EH&S online training if you haven’t already, before arriving at the Science Center Plaza.

Thank you for getting vaccinated and encouraging your family and friends to do so. And as always, thank you for your continued patience and flexibility.


Katie and Jane

Jane J. Kim, PhD
Dean for Academic Affairs
K.T. Li Professor of Health Economics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration