*Published on February 26, 2021

Dear Northeastern University community, 

We are writing to update you on Northeastern’s vaccination program. Earlier this week, the state of Massachusetts announced that, due to limited federal supply, it will prioritize vaccine distribution to its mass vaccination sites, medical facilities, and pharmacies. This means that some other sites—such as those on college and university campuses—will not receive additional vaccine in the near term. 

As a result, Northeastern will not be scheduling any new first dose shots. If you are currently eligible for vaccination under the state’s three-phased approach, we recommend that you schedule your vaccination at one of the sites listed on mass.gov/vaccine. The university has requested enough vaccine from the state to provide second dose shots to those who received their first dose at Northeastern. 

We realize this update is disappointing to many in our community. The rollout of a comprehensive vaccination program in the midst of a global pandemic—with limited federal supply—has been highly complex. Governor Charlie Baker and his administration have worked tirelessly to fine-tune this program, always keeping the best interests of the state’s citizens in mind. We have been assured by the state that, if and when supply increases sufficiently, higher education sites may again be able to vaccinate members of their community. 



Ken Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning