Will vaccinated family members and other guests be allowed on campus for Commencement or other events?
No. Given the state of the pandemic and the timing of vaccinations, family members and other guests should plan on attending Commencement virtually. We will certainly watch this issue closely, but for now we cannot make an exemption for vaccinated individuals.
Who is eligible to be vaccinated in Maine? Is Bowdoin working to provide access to the vaccine for employees?
The State of Maine decides which individuals will be vaccinated and in what order—the College is not involved in these decisions. The State of Maine is currently prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations based on an individual’s age. If you qualify to be vaccinated based on your age, or you want more information on vaccines in Maine, please go to the state's "COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine" site. If asked to do so by our community health care partners, the College will assist in facilitating access to vaccinations for Bowdoin College employees who are eligible.
I have received notification that I am eligible to register for a vaccination based on my age. Is Bowdoin going to be giving vaccines on campus? Should I wait?
While the College may be able to offer vaccination clinics at a later date, that is unlikely to happen before the summer, if at all. Therefore, we strongly urge all eligible individuals to sign up for a vaccination as soon as they qualify, and to be vaccinated as soon as they can wherever the procedure is offered. It is important for the health and safety of our community that as many people are vaccinated as possible.
I have been notified that I am eligible to register to receive the vaccine, but I feel guilty – I think there are others who should get it before me. What should I do?
The State of Maine is currently prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations, and we strongly urge all eligible individuals to sign up for and to receive the vaccine as soon as they are notified that they are eligible to do so. 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 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, 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.