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As Delta Variant Cases Climb, University Will Maintain Indoor Mask Mandate

The University will continue to require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status as the Delta variant has driven a nationwide rise in coronavirus cases, Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen wrote in an email to Harvard affiliates on Wednesday.


Harvard Health Services Director Optimistic For 'Very Successful' Fall Return to Campus

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Thursday interview the University waited until doses were readily accessible across the country before joining other Boston-area colleges in mandating Covid-19 vaccinations for students before returning to campus in the fall.


Ahead of New Mass. Vaccine Eligibility, Some Undergraduates Already Qualified for Vaccinations

Ahead of Covid-19 vaccine eligibility in Massachusetts opening to all residents 16 years and older on Monday, a number of Harvard students have secured their doses in alternative ways, from qualifying for an earlier phase to getting their hands on a leftover dose.


Writer of Anti-Asian Racism Resource Flyer Says It Was Not Intended For Post-Atlanta Shootings

One of the writers of the Harvard anti-Asian racism resource page that came under fire this week for its controversial language said in an interview Friday that the resources were repurposed without revisions from a flyer created early in the pandemic before a dramatic increase in anti-Asian attacks.


Health Services Director Giang Nguyen Apologizes for Messages On CAMHS Anti-Asian Racism Resources Page

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen apologized Wednesday for what he called “insensitive and inappropriate” content posted on a Counseling and Mental Health Services anti-Asian racism resources webpage, which included telling students “you may wish that you weren’t Asian.”


Harvard To Merge Title IX and OSAPR Offices, Forming Office for Gender Equity

Harvard will dissolve the University’s Title IX Office and the Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and move its sexual harassment and assault resources under one entity — the Office for Gender Equity — which will be supervised by the central administration.


HUHS Opens Applications for Centralized Peer Education Group, Prepares for Fall Launch

Harvard University Health Services’s Center for Wellness and Health Promotion opened applications last week for undergraduates to join a merged peer education program that HUHS will launch in fall 2021 as part of an overhaul to the University’s peer education system.


Vaccine Supply at Harvard Will Remain Scarce Until April, Health Services Director Says

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Friday interview he anticipates that state vaccine shipments will remain low through March but is “hopeful” that supplies will increase in April, in time to send students home for the summer vaccinated.


HMS Study Finds Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing Reduce Covid-19 Infections by 87% on College Campuses

Harvard Medical School researchers found that a combination of wearing masks and practicing social distancing can reduce student and faculty Covid-19 infections on college campuses by roughly 87 percent, according to a peer-reviewed study published last week.


HUHS Urges Affiliates to Get Flu Vaccine Amid State Mandate for Students

Harvard University Health Services opened flu clinics two weeks ago as the University urges Harvard affiliates to get vaccinated ahead of a flu season expected to stress healthcare systems already burdened by COVID-19.


Harvard to Introduce Coronavirus Testing Pilot to Off-Campus Students

Harvard will expand its coronavirus testing program to nearly 500 undergraduates living in areas adjacent to campus, according to a Monday email penned by Harvard University Health Services Executive Director Giang T. Nguyen.


New University Health Services Program Will Consolidate Peer Education Groups

Harvard University Health Services will combine several peer education groups aimed at undergraduates into a centralized program this year in anticipation of a fall 2021 launch.


HUHS Conducts Thousands of Coronavirus Tests for Harvard Affiliates Working On Campus

Harvard University Health Services and the Broad Institute have administered COVID-19 tests to approximately 3,000 employees and researchers to date at a testing site at Harvard Stadium as part of the University’s partial reopening of its offices and labs.


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In order to return to campus, certain health concerns must be considered, including the ability to conduct contact tracing and isolation for symptomatic individuals, and ensuring the level of immunity of students and the surrounding community is sufficient.


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