Last updated: 5/11/21
Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021
Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.
Carnegie Mellon University will require all enrolled students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. This policy will apply to all undergraduate and graduate students in U.S.-based programs.
According to the CDC, getting a COVID-19 vaccine:
Helps keep you from getting COVID-19 and is a safer way to help build protection
Allows you to start doing more (once you are fully vaccinated)
Serves as an important tool to help stop the pandemic
Learn more from the CDC about the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of vaccines to protect against COVID-19. Carnegie Mellon leadership is committed to providing vaccinations to our community to protect the health and well-being of all community members and to lessen the burden on local agencies.
Vaccine distribution information changes rapidly. This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Vaccine Distribution Partnerships
University Health Services (UHS) leadership provided access to COVID-19 vaccines for the university’s Phase 1A eligible employees from UHS, EMS, Tartan Testing and custodial services members who support these functions and faculty involved in healthcare research that carry some risk of exposure to the virus. Vaccine distribution for these individuals took place earlier this semester through local healthcare partners.
Additionally, CMU has formed partnerships with Giant Eagle and Allegheny Health Network to provided dedicated vaccine appointments to all Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, staff and vendors. These efforts are currently in progress.
FDA and CDC Lift Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
April 23, 2021
Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.
Learn more in this news release from the FDA and CDC.
Vaccine Distribution Maps
Vaccine Importance and Safety
Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19 (The New York Times)
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
- Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Get the facts and vaccine myths debunked (Mayo Clinic)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started (CDC)
- Different COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Safety (PA Department of Health)
- Rumor Control and COVID-19 Vaccines (Allegheny County Department of Health)
- Vaccination of College Students [PDF] (PA Department of Health)
Vaccine Distribution and Providers
- COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Timeline (PA Department of Health)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Equitable Distribution (PA Department of Health)
- COVID Vaccinations for Phase 1A and Future Phases (Allegheny County Department of Health)
- Find Out if it's Your Turn to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in PA (PA Department of Health)
- Pennsylvania Vaccine Phases and Provider Map (PA Department of Health)
- See How the Vaccine Rollout is Going in Your State (The New York Times)
- U.S. pharmacies are told to offer second vaccine doses to people who got first shots elsewhere (The New York Times)
Vaccine Product Information
- Clinical Resources for Each COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
- How Nine COVID-19 Vaccines Work (The New York Times)
- The F.D.A. ended its recommended pause on the J.&J. vaccine, clearing the way for states to use it again (The New York Times)
- Pfizer/BioNTech Say Data Suggests Vaccine 94% Effective in Preventing Asymptomatic Infection (Medscape)
- Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
- U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Product Information (CDC)
- What’s the Difference Between Vaccines From Moderna and Pfizer? (UPMC)
Herd Immunity: How Many People Need to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? (Houston Methodist Hospital)
- How Much Herd Immunity is Enough? (The New York Times)
- Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe (The New York Times)
- The slow redefinition of ‘herd immunity’ — and what’s actually possible in the United States (The Washington Post)
- What is herd immunity? (Yale News)
- Why Herd Immunity is Slipping Away (The New York Times)