Vaccine Clinics & Resources
Last updated: 1/12/2022
COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Requirements
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 requires all students, as well as faculty and staff working in the United States, to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19.
All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster as of December 16, 2021 are required to upload the documentation and date of their booster to HealthConnect by February 16, 2022. Anyone becoming eligible from December 16 onward is required to upload the documentation and date of their booster for verification within 60 days of their eligibility.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as visiting, non-degree, guest, and cross-registered students, in U.S.-based programs and students participating in approved study abroad programs overseas. CMU faculty and staff members taking courses as a non-degree student must also be vaccinated.
CMU accepts all World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccines, in addition to the FDA-authorized vaccines in the U.S.
As of December 17, 2021, the WHO has listed Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Novavax/Covovax, Covishield, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.
- All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster as of December 16, 2021 are required to upload the documentation and date of their booster to HealthConnect by February 16, 2022.
- Anyone becoming eligible from December 16 onward is required to upload the documentation and date of their booster within 60 days of their eligibility.
- Students who have received WHO-approved vaccines are strongly encouraged to get a Pfizer booster.
Anyone requesting to be exempted from vaccination or boosters will need to complete an application for exemption form:
• Faculty and staff: medical, religious belief/strong moral or ethical conviction
If you have already received an exemption from vaccination, you are automatically exempted from the booster requirement. If you are vaccinated but need to request exemption from a booster, an exemption form will need to be completed.
Those who are granted an exemption must comply with additional mitigation requirements in order to participate in campus life, including the use of facial coverings, as well as completion of the Daily Self-Assessment and weekly Tartan Testing. 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
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.
State and National Vaccine Data
Thank you to Allegheny Health Network and Giant Eagle
We are grateful to Allegheny Health Network and Giant Eagle for their partnership and support in securing our CMU community of students, faculty, staff and vendors hundreds of dedicated vaccine appointments.
Vaccine Importance and Safety
- What doctors wish patients knew about COVID-19 vaccine boosters (AMA)
- Are COVID-19 vaccine boosters or extra shots recommended? (Mayo Clinic)
- Mayo Clinic expert explains why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is more important than ever (Mayo Clinic)
- Research shows huge benefit of COVID-19 booster shots (LA Times)
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)
- FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)
- 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)