Campus Health and Safety

As we continue to support the FAS mission of excellence in teaching and research, the safety and well-being of FAS staff members is our highest priority. From University-level policies to department coordination to individual actions, we all have a role to play in fostering a safe, healthy environment at FAS.

Harvard’s Vaccination Process and Requirements

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members, including faculty, staff, and researchers, who will have any on-campus presence. Exceptions will be provided for medical or religious reasons. Note that unvaccinated individuals may be subject to additional public health measures (e.g., masking, testing) above and beyond what is required of vaccinated individuals. Updates and information regarding the University’s vaccine requirement can be found at the University’s vaccine webpage.

Harvard is asking staff working remotely and on-campus, who have been vaccinated outside of Harvard, to submit a copy of their immunization card. If you have not submitted your information already, you may do so through the HUHS Patient Portal. This process is available to all Harvard students, staff, faculty, and researchers, even if you are not an HUHS patient. Instructions for submitting are available on the Verify Your Vaccination webpage. If you received your vaccination through HUHS, you do not need to submit any information, as HUHS already has your information on file. HUHS keeps individual medical information secure and confidential. Once submitted, you will be able to view your vaccination status via Crimson Clear.

HUHS will hold weekly COVID vaccine clinics at the Smith Campus Center. Vaccine appointments are open to all students, staff, faculty, researchers, and HUHS patients and can be scheduled through the HUHS patient portal with your Harvard Key. Additional information including instructions on how to schedule an appointment, dates and times for future vaccine clinics, and FAQs can be found on the HUHS vaccine webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact our FAS Vaccination Coordinator, Jeanette Sanchez Kamieneski at

Testing and Tracing

Testing continues to be an essential part of Harvard’s ongoing efforts to track and limit the spread of COVID-19 within the Harvard community.

All University affiliates who are authorized to be on campus are required to be tested at a regular assigned cadence. Required testing cadences will be determined by factors including whether you live on or off campus, your vaccination status, and infection rates in the local community. You can find more information at Harvard’s COVID-19 testing and tracing webpage.

Crimson Clear

Crimson Clear is now used to display your vaccination status and testing cadence. If you have not already reported your vaccination status, you can use Crimson Clear to report your vaccination status or report an exemption. You can also report symptoms in Crimson Clear if you are not feeling well.


Harvard has partnered with Color, a health testing company, to administer the University’s testing procedures, including providing testing kits, managing alerts for regular testing, and delivering test results to individuals. Individuals in Harvard’s testing program receive text and email notifications when it is their day to test and when they fall behind on testing. (Color notifications do not begin until after the first test.)

Staff members should create a Color account, which will be used for COVID testing, tracing, and obtaining test results. Please use your Harvard email address when setting up your Color account. Detailed instructions on creating your Color account, activating a test kit, and viewing results are available.

Health and Safety Protocols While on Campus

Follow required health and safety protocols, as well as individual protocols your local unit may have instituted. For example, you may need to check with your manager or department administrator about designated indoor eating and drinking spaces.

While social distancing is no longer required, please be mindful of those around you and their preferences for personal space.

Mask Policies

Harvard and FAS continue to require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, to ensure the safety of our community. All community members should plan to wear a University-approved face covering whenever indoors in accordance with University and FAS policies. Department administrators will be able to order University-approved masks for their units.

Outdoors, fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to use masks. Unvaccinated staff members are still required to use masks outdoors if they cannot maintain distance from others while on campus.

Travel and Quarantines

Harvard continues to monitor the global pandemic landscape, particularly as it connects to Harvard-related travel. Specific information about Harvard travel guidance and requirements, both for vaccinated and unvaccinated parties is available on Harvard’s COVID-19 Travel Guidance webpage.

If you choose to travel for personal reasons, review the post-travel COVID testing and quarantine policy.

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