COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Faculty and Staff

Boston University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 booster shots for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. Campus-wide vaccination and boosters are the best defense against severe disease within our community.

Vaccination Requirements

  • Boston University students, faculty, and staff must complete a COVID-19 initial vaccination series and a single COVID-19 booster shot.
  • If you are not yet eligible for a booster shot (five months past completing your Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series; two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccination), you will need to upload documentation as soon as you become eligible.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you may receive a booster 10 days after you tested positive, but you are not required to receive or upload proof of a booster until 90 days after you tested positive.
  • If you are unable to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, you may submit a vaccination exemption through the Occupational Health Connect Portal.
  • If you are immunocompromised, please consult with your medical provider to discuss CDC vaccination guidance for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Please visit this page for instructions on uploading your COVID-19 vaccination and booster documentation.

Getting Vaccinated

The vaccine is free, and if you live, work, or study in Massachusetts, use or call 211 (if you have difficulty with internet access) to search for appointments at pharmacies, grocery store pharmacies, and other community locations.

You can also search for availability directly on pharmacy sites, contact your healthcare provider, and check local hospitals. For those on the BU Medical Campus, the Boston Medical Center is located nearby and also accessible by the BU Shuttle.

The City of Boston’s vaccine in Boston website is a useful, multilingual resource for vaccine sites, location maps, eligibility, lists, and other information.

Vaccines can be found using the MA vaccine finder.

Consequence of Non-Compliance

Faculty and staff who are not in compliance with the vaccination booster requirement will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence in accordance with the terms of the employee handbook, relevant collective bargaining agreement, or Faculty Handbook until they comply with the vaccine requirement or the risk of infection from COVID-19 is deemed to have ended as determined by Boston University.

  • Represented Faculty – Being placed on an unpaid administrative leave in accordance with the terms of the relevant collective bargaining agreement
  • All other Faculty – Initiating the appropriate Faculty Handbook process in order to place faculty members on unpaid leave
  • Non-Represented Staff – Being placed on an unpaid administrative leave in accordance with the terms of the employee handbook
  • Represented Staff – Being placed on an unpaid suspension in accordance with the terms of the relevant collective bargaining agreement