Harvard’s graduate student union presented University leaders with a list of grievances about the school's updated spring Covid-19 protocols last week, calling for free high-quality masks and expanded testing.
Some Harvard students said they are holding out to get a Covid-19 booster shot until the conclusion of the fall semester, though public health experts recommend people get the shot as soon as possible.
Researchers at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health found earlier this month that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is slightly more effective than Pfizer’s at preventing negative Covid-19 outcomes.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital will begin treating patients this week in the first human trial for a nasal vaccine to prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease.
Cambridge has reported vaccination rates for residents of color that defy national trends: as of Nov. 18, 74 percent of Black residents and 59 percent of Latinx residents are fully vaccinated, while only 33 percent of Black people and 36 percent of Latinx people are fully vaccinated nationwide.
While Harvard University Health Services is not yet offering Covid-19 booster shots, students and other Harvard affiliates said they have secured booster shots from local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.
Harvard affiliates will become eligible for free seasonal flu shots at Cambridge Public Health Department clinics available to all city residents in a month.
Just days ahead of move-in for the fall semester, 93 percent of Harvard employees and 87 percent of students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, University administrators wrote in an email to affiliates Wednesday.
Some International Students Left Searching for Vaccine Options to Meet Harvard’s Fall Vaccine Requirement
Some international students, including incoming freshmen, reported navigating hurdles to get vaccinated this summer before in-person life at Harvard resumes in the fall.