COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated January 13, 2021

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to create higher levels of immunity to COVID-19 across the population. While at this time Yale community members are not required to get the vaccine, they are strongly encouraged to do so when eligible.

In December, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines. Yale Health, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Yale Medicine, and Yale New Haven Health System, has begun vaccinations following requirements set by the state of Connecticut, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

What to Expect

Connecticut requirements call for a phased approach to vaccine distribution. The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program closely tracks state requirements and will send invitations to Yale community members as they become eligible under each of the upcoming phases.

Currently, vaccines are administered by appointment only. You will receive an invitation to schedule a vaccination by email to the address associated with your MyChart account. The email notification will include a link to schedule a vaccination appointment in MyChart (please be aware that notifications of this kind are sometimes redirected into a spam folder). The most important thing you can do to be ready is to make sure you have signed up for MyChart, the way you will likely be notified when the vaccine is available for you.

Also remember that we must continue all of our public health and safety measures (handwashing, mask wearing, social distancing, and participating in the university’s testing and contact tracing programs) even after we have received a vaccine or contracted the virus.

Learn More

Please visit the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program website for more information on the current phase, where vaccinations are being administered, and more.