COVID-19 Vaccine, Medical Care, and Student Health Insurance

COVID-19 Vaccine

We strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

Berklee will require all community members—students, faculty, staff, and vendor partners—returning to our Boston and New York campuses this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall 2021 semester. At this time, we will accept any vaccinations that have been authorized and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • For those being vaccinated in the U.S., this means you must have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least two weeks before your return to campus. 
  • For those being vaccinated outside of the U.S., this means that you must have received your final dose of one of the vaccines with approval for emergency use from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), at least two weeks before your return to campus. 
  • If you are unable to get vaccinated in your home country or attend the Berklee vaccination clinic the week of August 9, you may go to a U.S. pharmacy or health care provider to get vaccinated. In this case, if you get a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), you must get the first dose at least two weeks before the start of classes and you will follow certain health and safety protocols—including baseline and weekly testing—until you are fully vaccinated.

When the vast majority of our community is vaccinated, we believe that we can more confidently return to pre-pandemic activities, with open facilities, live performances, minimal social distancing, and more.

Vaccines Accepted by Berklee

At this time, we will accept any vaccinations that have been authorized and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The list of approved vaccines for the CDC and WHO will continue to change over the summer, and we will provide guidance as this list evolves.

If your medical provider recommends that you get a vaccine that is not approved by the CDC or the WHO, you should follow your medical provider’s advice; however, note that this vaccine will not meet Berklee’s vaccine requirement for the fall. 


After You Receive the Vaccine

Medical Care

This summer, nurses from Tufts Medical Center will be on campus to help you with minor ailments. The nursing staff will be available for walk-ins at 167 Massachusetts Avenue, the same building as the testing center (no appointments necessary). If you would like to speak to a nurse first, you can call 617-747-2019.
Until June 18 (closed Memorial Day weekend):
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
From June 19 to August 21:
Seven days a week, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP): Summer 2021 Guidelines

All registered students taking credit hours—regardless of where you are—are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Berklee SHIP offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. If you need to take action, you will receive an email from Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk Customer Service at the end of March with more details.

Continuing Students

You only need to take action if:

  • You will be taking classes in the summer 2021 semester while physically located in Massachusetts;
  • You were able to waive the SHIP for the fall 2020 and/ or spring 2021 semester with an out-of-state HMO, out-of-state Medicaid plan, or an international health plan. 

If this describes your situation, you will be billed for the SHIP on a prorated basis just for the summer 2021 semester. Summer SHIP coverage runs from May 15, 2021 to August 14, 2021.

Entering Students

Due to the pandemic, you may be able to waive the SHIP with insurance that is otherwise not comparable, depending on where you will be physically located. If you do not want the SHIP, you must take action.