Spring semester update and vaccine booster verification

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope you had a restful and safe holiday break and wish you a happy new year. If you haven’t had a chance, please  read yesterday’s spring semester update message from President Bacow, Alan M. Garber, Katie Lapp, and Giang T. Nguyen. The message outlines important updates to COVID-19 policies and protocols for returning to campus in the next few weeks.

Despite the highly transmissible Omicron variant and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases locally and around the nation and world, our plan remains to resume in-person classes in the spring semester.

In the meantime, we continue to gather input from the University and our own infectious disease and other experts. We will send information about School-specific protocols that will be in place for the start of the spring semester in the coming days. These will include details on testing, workplace policies, and any other guidelines that may be necessary to protect the health and safety of our community, which remains our highest priority.

Two important guidelines in the University message to note include:

  • COVID-19 Boosters: The University announced in December that all Harvard community members are required to get a booster; the deadline for verifying your booster is January 31. If you are not yet eligible, your deadline will be 30 days after you become eligible. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Further information can be found on the University’s Vaccine Information page.
  • Masking: We strongly recommend double-masking when you return to campus. Options include wearing two surgical-style masks that the School provides upon entry or wearing a surgical-style mask or cup-style mask such as a KN-95 layered under a form-fitting fabric mask that can ensure good filtration as well as an effective seal. Guidance from Harvard Environmental Health & Safety can be found here.

Thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work on the details of our return to campus.

Katie and Jane

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

Jane J. Kim
Dean for Academic Affairs
K.T. Li Professor of Health Economics