Eligibility & Requirement
At this time, MassArt will not be administering the vaccine on campus. We will be encouraging everyone to seek out a COVID-19 vaccine and sharing information about how our community members can access the vaccine.
As of April 19, 2021 - EVERYONE in Massachusetts over the age of 16 is now eligible for the vaccine!
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts are eligible for receiving a vaccine in Massachusetts. International students can view this site for more information.
Veterans of all ages can get vaccinated at any VA Boston Healthcare facility. For more information or to enroll go to boston.va.gov.
As of April 26th 2021, MassArt and all state universities will be requiring all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to return to classes in the fall.
What to Know Before & After You Get the Vaccine
It is advised NOT to take any Advil or Tylenol BEFORE getting your vaccine, as this may potentially limit the immune response that is needed for the vaccine to be fully effective. You can take advil or tylenol AFTER the dose if you experience any symptoms, but it's recommended not to take any before. (Here's a scientific paper if you really feel like getting into the science! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../khvi-12-09-1183077.pdf...)
If you have already had COVID, it is still recommended you get the vaccine as it will provide you with a longer and stronger immunity than the natural 90 day immunity that you get from the disease itself.
You should NOT get the vaccine if you are actively in isolation or quarantine during the time of your vaccine appointment. This would put others at the site at risk of infection, so you need to wait until you have cleared isolation or quarantine.
Once you are fully vaccinated, please fill out this form to let the College know. As with all your health information, it is protected by HIPAA law and will be kept private.
Experiencing symptoms is a normal and expected response to the vaccine that shows your body's immune response is reacting to the protein that the vaccine gives you to be able to block the virus. I recommend taking it easy for 1-2 days after you receive your vaccine as a precaution.
All community members will still need to continue testing at your regular frequency even after receiving the vaccine. Soon we will hopefully have enough information about the effectiveness of the vaccine on reducing transmission of the virus (SARS-CoV2) from one person to another, however right now we only know that the vaccine is very effective at preventing people from getting the disease (COVID-19) themselves. You should continue to wear a mask, physical distance and all the other safety measures you've all been doing until we know more.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require 2 doses, and it is crucial you get both of these doses for full immunity. Full immunity is reached 2 weeks after you get the second dose of the vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs
Q. What does it mean if I’m vaccinated?
Thanks to the scientists who worked hard to develop and ensure the vaccine met all safety requirements, receiving the vaccine means you are protected from getting sick from COVID-19. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines both require 2 doses, and it is crucial that you get both of these doses for full immunity. Full immunity is reached 2 weeks after you get the second dose of the vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just 1 dose, and full immunity is reached 2 weeks after your first and only dose of the vaccine.
Q. Do I still need to get tested if I am fully vaccinated?
All community members still need to continue testing at their regular frequency even after receiving the vaccine. Soon, public health experts expect to have enough information about how effectively the vaccine reduces transmission of the virus (SARS-CoV2) from one person to another; however, right now we only know that the vaccine is very effective at preventing people from getting the disease (COVID-19) themselves. That’s why we all need to continue wearing masks, physical distancing and following all the other safety measures until we know more. We will share updated guidelines on testing protocols for those who are fully vaccinated as soon as they’re available.
Q. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. Experiencing symptoms after the shot is a normal and expected response to the vaccine that shows your body's immune response is reacting to the protein the vaccine gives you to block the virus. Some normal symptoms that can be expected are pain or soreness at the injection site, fatigue, or headache.
However, any respiratory symptoms (such as sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath) are cause for concern, as the vaccine cannot cause these. If you have this type of symptom, call the COVID hotline or seek other medical help right away.
Q. Do I need the vaccine if I already had COVID?
A. Yes. Natural immunity from recovering from COVID does not last as long and is not as reliable as the immunity you get from a vaccine. Additionally, many people who have recovered from COVID but have lingering symptoms (referred to as COVID long haulers) have reported their symptoms have significantly improved after receiving the vaccine.
Q. If I get the vaccine, will I test positive on our tests?
Receiving the vaccine will not cause you to get a positive test result on a COVID-19 test. Only an active infection of COVID-19 will cause a positive test result.
Q. If I live in another state or country, can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts?
A. Yes! The Massachusetts vaccine program is for those who live, work and study in Massachusetts. This means that students, including international students, and faculty or staff who live in a different state are eligible to receive a vaccine in Massachusetts.
How to Book a Vaccine Appointment
Here is a tool that will search all available vaccination websites and email you when there are available appointments:
You can also search for available appointments at the sites below:
Boston Vaccine Sites:
Here are steps to get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine from CVS:
New appointments are released at midnight, so this is most successful to begin this process just before midnight (11:30-11:45pm).
- Go to https://www.cvs.com/
- Select Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine
3. Scroll down until you find the map of the USA, and select "we can help you complete your vaccine"
4. Answer the questions appropriately.
5. Select "I need to start vaccination" (unless you are trying to secure your second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination).
6. Select the state you are in.
7. Put in your age and select "All others age 16 and older"
8. It will bring you to this page, select "start scheduling"
9. Put in the best zip code for you. Consider having a few zip codes in mind for anywhere you could commute to if needed.
New appointments are released at midnight, so feel free to stop and wait until 12:00am to search if you've completed the previous steps.
10. The most important step is patience. Keep refreshing the search button until a location shows up. It may take 30 minutes or more. Try a few different zip codes near you. Refresh refresh refresh!
Once a CVS location has popped up, select the time you're available and complete the required steps to book your appointment.