Vaccination FAQ

Updated on April 16, 2021

Will the College require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated when the 2021–2022 academic year begins in the fall?
Yes. As announced on April 16, we will require all members of the campus community to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Exemptions will be granted for medical reasons for students (and legitimate medical or religious reasons in the case of employees). We will also work individually with any international students who may have difficulty obtaining vaccinations. The deadline for students is Friday, August 13. Faculty and staff will need to be fully vaccinated by Tuesday, August 24 (first-year student arrival day).

Who is eligible to be vaccinated in Maine?  

The State of Maine has accelerated the eligibility of Maine people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Maine people age sixteen (16) and older are eligible beginning Wednesday, April 7. For more information on vaccines in Maine, please go to the state's "COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine" site. We strongly urge all eligible individuals to sign up for a vaccination as soon as they qualify (see above), and to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Visit the state’s COVID-19 response website to pre-register for a vaccination appointment or call the state’s Community Vaccination Line (1-888-445-4111 – M-F, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or Sat-Sun 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) for information about vaccination clinics in Maine.

How is Bowdoin helping students get vaccinated against COVID-19?
We are excited to announce a partnership with Mid Coast Hospital to provide vaccinations to all Bowdoin students currently living in Maine at the hospital’s clinic located at the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Center at Brunswick Landing. Mid Coast Hospital is setting aside fifty doses a day of the Pfizer vaccine for this purpose from April 7 to May 3. Students who receive their first dose through this partnership will schedule a second dose at the clinic, which they will receive twenty-one days later. Students will be able to schedule an initial vaccination slot through Campus Groups beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 4.

Will the College be providing transportation to the Mid Coast Hospital vaccination clinic for students?
The College will provide transportation to the clinic and back to campus for students who need it. Shuttles will depart from the polar bear statue fifteen minutes before the scheduled time block.

What timeslots are available for Bowdoin students at Mid Coast Hospital's vaccination clinic for students?
The timeslots available to Bowdoin students beginning on April 7 will be:

  • Monday: 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

As a student, can I sign up for a vaccination appointment in Maine somewhere other than Mid Coast Hospital?
Yes, and below are some resources that you may find useful. It is important to note that appointments often fill up very quickly so it is best to continue to check throughout the day. 

  • You may preregister for a vaccine at a public clinic here.
  • You will be asked for basic personal information, and when an appointment becomes available you will receive an email with a personal access code that allows you to look for available openings across a number of sites and then schedule an appointment. A reminder for those on campus that Brunswick is located in Cumberland County (zip code: 04011).
  • The list of COVID-19 vaccination locations in Maine can be found here. The list includes health care centers and pharmacies.
  • Authorized pharmacies in Brunswick include:

  • It is important to note that locations offer different vaccines. If you register for a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), it is likely that you will need to receive your second dose at the same location. The second dose of Pfizer is twenty-one (21) days after your first dose and the second dose of Moderna is twenty-eight (28) days after the first dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. You should be mindful of the date you are travelling home for the summer when scheduling your vaccination.

Is Bowdoin going to be giving COVID-19 vaccinations on campus?

Unfortunately, we have been advised by the State that we will not be able to provide vaccinations on campus this semester. We will continue to take all the necessary steps to be able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations on campus if these circumstances change.

Why should I get vaccinated?  

It is important that as many people are vaccinated as possible to slow the spread of the virus. Receiving the vaccine protects the recipient, but it is also an important contribution to the health of our community—not only on campus, but in the larger community. 

Once I am fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear a face covering and observe physical distancing?  

Yes. It is important to remember that none of the current or anticipated vaccines is 100 percent effective in preventing illness from COVID-19. Also, public health officials across the country are still studying whether vaccinated individuals can carry and spread the virus. It will be critical for the safety of our community that everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, continue to observe all the practices adopted on campus to protect against the spread of the virus. 

Once I am fully vaccinated, do I still need to participate in Bowdoin’s testing program? 
Yes, for the time being, vaccinated individuals will need to continue to fully participate in the testing program as vaccines are not 100 percent effective and public health officials across the country are still studying whether vaccinated individuals can carry and spread the virus. 

Who can I contact if I still have questions about vaccines at Bowdoin? 
Please contact Megan Hart at or 207-725-3092.