Harvard announces new bivalent COVID recall requirement


Will other mass schools soon follow?

The campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. Kayana Szymczak/The New York Times

Harvard will need the new COVID-19 bivalent booster for students, the school announced Monday.

All students planning to be on campus from January must receive the new booster “to ensure they are up to date,” the school said on its website. To get vaccinated, students must be at least two months since their last COVID booster. Medical and religious exemptions still apply.

Harvard University Health Services will offer the booster, which targets strains of the omicron variant, by appointment only. Students can schedule their shot here.

Harvard is the first Boston-area school to require the new booster, which became available Sept. 2. Other schools, such as Boston College, offer the booster but do not yet have regulations in place.

According to Inside Higher Ed, fewer than 20 schools across the country have mandated dual booster for their students.


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