Vaccination FAQ

Updated on May 25, 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 and Maine people age twelve (12) and older are now eligible. 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 did Bowdoin help students get vaccinated against COVID-19?
Bowdoin partnered with Mid Coast Hospital to provide vaccinations to all Bowdoin students living in Maine at the hospital’s clinic located at the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Center at Brunswick Landing. Mid Coast Hospital set aside fifty doses a day of the Pfizer vaccine for this purpose from April 7 to May 3. Students who received their first dose through this partnership were scheduled a second dose at the clinic, which they received twenty-one days later. 

Did the College provide transportation to the Mid Coast Hospital vaccination clinic for students?
The College provided transportation to the clinic and back to campus for students who needed it. Shuttles departed from the polar bear statue fifteen minutes before the scheduled time blocks.

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

  • 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?  

As of Monday, May 24 no face coverings or physical distancing are required in any outdoor space on campus for students, faculty, and staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated—according to the US CDC, an individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)—for your own safety and for the safety of others, we urge you to continue to wear a face covering when in large groups of people outside. Face coverings and physical distancing are still required indoors of all students, faculty, and staff who are permitted in campus buildings.

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