Grad Covid-19 Essentials

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This information is subject to change, but MIT's current Covid policies for grad students are summarized below:

Indoor Face Covering and Eating Restrictions:

MIT requires face coverings to be worn inside campus buildings until further notice. 
Masks will remain mandated in specific spaces required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, such as MIT shuttle buses. See July 28 letter for specific details and exceptions.


MIT Vaccination Requirements:

Send questions to, and they'll do their best to provide an answer. 

Looking for more?  MIT's resource are here:



Q: What is the procedure for returning to campus for a student, and/or their partner, spouse, or eligible family member who will be unable to meet the July 30 vaccination deadline, as they face a temporary barrier to getting vaccinated?

All unvaccinated students should have completed this form by Friday JULY 30th. Prior to returning (coming), complete MIT Medical's form to report that they face barriers to being fully vaccinated before the beginning of the fall term. This will allow MIT Medical to put the individual on a temporary exemption list for registration hold, and to plan for on-arrival vaccine clinics.

Q: Do unvaccinated students, partners, spouses, and/or family members have to quarantine upon arrival on campus?

Unvaccinated individuals should act with an abundance of caution on and around campus during the initial testing period (7 days) when it is unclear whether they have the virus and during the entire time prior to their being fully vaccinated. Please note the following applies to ALL unvaccinated arriving students, both those who live in Institute-approved housing and those who live elsewhere but will need to access campus:

  • New arrivals should monitor for any symptoms for the 7 days (testing on days 0, 4, 7), and per MIT policies, wear a face covering in all settings with other people (whether others are vaccinated or not), and get vaccinated.  
  • Unvaccinated individuals are allowed to participate in campus activities (indoors and outdoors) with others and must wear face covers at all times. For example, unvaccinated individuals are permitted to go to a vaccine clinic, get tested, pick up food or a package at the desk, grab take out at a dining hall, attend orientation events, and classes and research endeavors.
  • See the procedures.  

Q: Can I get the Covid19 vaccine on campus if I can't get it at home or before arriving at MIT? Will there be Covid19 vaccine clinics available on campus if grads can’t get it at home or before coming to MIT?

Yes, MIT Medical is planning for clinics twice a week throughout all of August and maybe into early September. The vaccines would be the Johnson and Johnson version.

Q: Does my non-US vaccine qualify ? (If it's still not FDA approved…) 

Absolutely. Any World Health Organization approved vaccine counts.

Information from public health organizations:

Please note these are all are external sites.

State of Massachusetts Trust the FACTS Get the VAX

Living off-campus? Local City and Town Covid-19 Sites--