COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

UPDATED 2/15/22

All research and education faculty, students and MBL employees are required to confirm their COVID-19 vaccination status through MBL’s secure registry. Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.

The MBL requires all research and education program participants and employees to be up to date with their vaccinations. The MBL considers you up to date when you have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.  Visit the CDC website for information on staying up to date with COVID vaccines.

More information about this new requirement will be shared soon, including where and how to submit proof of vaccination and exemption requests.

Exemption

MBL Employees

MBL employees who do not upload proof that they are up to date with the vaccination requirement must contact Human Resources to request an exemption.

Research and Education Visitors

Any research and education program visitors who do not upload proof that they are up to date with the vaccination requirement must provide the MBL’s Human Resources with a point of contact from their home institution who can confirm their institutionally-approved exemption.

Vaccination Status Confirmation

MBL Employees

Information on how to upload vaccination status has been sent to all existing employees and will be sent to all new employees.

Research and Education Visitors

All research and education program visitors receive information in their registration materials on how to upload their vaccination status prior to campus arrival. This information must be uploaded to obtain building access.

Individual vaccine records are accessible only to a restricted number of staff to confirm compliance with MBL requirements. If further action is required, the individual will be contacted by Human Resources. The information in the vaccination registry will be maintained in accordance with applicable laws and public health regulations.

Upon completion of the vaccination registry individuals will e-sign the MBL’s Acknowledgment and Attestation Regarding COVID-19.

Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals

Individuals who are not up to date with the vaccination requirement and have an approved exemption may be required to (1) participate in the MBL’s COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program, (2) wear a mask at all times inside any campus buildings with limited exceptions, and (3) potentially follow other mitigation measures. These requirements will apply to all employees who access MBL facilities for any reason and at any frequency, and to all students, faculty, visiting researchers and any other individuals participating in MBL programs.

MORE INFORMATION

COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are widely available in the U.S. The best way to schedule a booster shot often is through neighborhood pharmacies and other local providers, including locations throughout Massachusetts.

You can find a nearby vaccine site by visiting vaccines.gov. Both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot are available at most neighborhood pharmacies.

For additional questions related to COVID-19 vaccination requirements and getting a COVID-19 booster shot, as well as vaccine safety and efficacy visit the vaccine FAQs.

Additional information is available on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website and on the UChicago Medicine website and through the following links:

For additional questions related to vaccinations or the vaccination registry contact the Human Resources Department at hr@mbl.edu.