Last updated: 7/27/21
Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.
Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021
Consistent with scientific evidence on the importance of vaccine adoption to control spread of the virus, to the extent permissible by law, Carnegie Mellon University will require all enrolled students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. This policy will apply to all undergraduate and graduate students in U.S.-based programs.
In connection with our launch of the fall semester, the university requires every student to complete two baseline tests through the Tartan Testing program. The first of these tests should ideally be completed within five days after arrival to the Pittsburgh area, while the second must be completed sometime during your second week in Pittsburgh.
Students already living in the Pittsburgh area should plan to complete their testing within the two weeks prior to their engagement with campus activities, research, orientation or classes.
Those who are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final vaccine dose) with a WHO emergency use listed or U.S. emergency use authorized vaccine will be permitted to engage in campus life (e.g. orientation programs, moving into residence halls, coming to class, joining research activities, etc.) provided they engage in the vaccination process and uphold the following mitigation requirements: arrival and weekly Tartan Testing, wearing facial coverings and participating in the Daily Self-Assessment.
Read the vaccination and/or revaccination guidelines for both domestic and international students.
Students are required to participate in CMU's COVID-19 Vaccine Database as part of the university's fall 2021 vaccine requirement for all enrolled students. In keeping with other immunization requirements, we ask that all students upload their documentation no later than August 2. Fall 2021 Student Arrival Information
U.S.-based faculty and staff who choose not to participate in the vaccine database will be presumed to be non-vaccinated and must comply with COVID-19 mitigation protocols, including wearing facial coverings, completing the daily self-assessment and participating in Tartan Testing each week they will be on campus. CMU’s global locations will communicate vaccine and mitigation requirements to their faculty and staff separately, consistent with their regional contexts.
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.
Vaccine distribution information changes rapidly. This page will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.
CMU Joins Nationwide COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
Carnegie Mellon is among hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide to accept the invitation from the White House and U.S. Department of Education to end the pandemic by joining the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.
Participating colleges commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated.
The three key commitments are:
- Engage every student, faculty and staff member. Make sure every member of the campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.
- Organize your college community. Lead the way by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of your college community vaccinated as possible.
- Deliver vaccine access for all. Meet your community where it is: bring vaccines on site, and make it easy for students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated at sites nearby them this summer.
Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
State and National Vaccine Data
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 formed partnerships with Giant Eagle and Allegheny Health Network to provide dedicated vaccine appointments to all Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, staff and vendors.
Vaccine Importance and Safety
American College Health Association Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for All On-Campus College Students in Fall 2021 (American College Health Association)
Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19 (The New York Times)
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
- College Health Association Recommends COVID Vaccine Mandate for Colleges and Universities (The National Law Review)
- Companies Push Employees to Prove They Are Vaccinated for Covid-19 (The Wall Street Journal)
- Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds (The Washington Post)
- 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)
- Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Program (The White House)
- Rumor Control and COVID-19 Vaccines (Allegheny County Department of Health)
- Vaccination of College Students (PDF) (PA Department of Health)
Vaccine Distribution and Providers
- CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds (The Wall Street Journal)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Timeline (PA Department of Health)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Equitable Distribution (PA Department of Health)
- COVID Vaccination Information (Allegheny County Department of Health)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Providers (PA Department of Health)
- Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients (Associated Press)
- Pennsylvania Vaccine Phases and Provider Map (PA Department of Health)
- See How the Vaccine Rollout is Going in Your State (The New York Times)
- See Which States Are Falling Behind Biden’s Vaccination Goal (The New York Times)
- U.S. Covid-19 Vaccine Donation to Boost Developing World’s Pandemic Fight (The Wall Street Journal)
- 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)
- Moderna Says Its Covid-19 Booster Shots Show Promise Against Variants (The Wall Street Journal)
- Moderna says its COVID-19 shot works in kids as young as 12 (Associated Press)
- Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective (Associated Press)
- Pfizer/BioNTech Say Data Suggests Vaccine 94% Effective in Preventing Asymptomatic Infection (Medscape)
- 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)
- 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)
- WHO validates Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and issues interim policy recommendations (World Health Organization)
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)
- What is herd immunity and could it work with COVID-19? (Associated Press)
- Why Herd Immunity is Slipping Away (The New York Times)