Students who meet certain criteria can now seek approval from the Office of the Dean of Students to leave campus for a COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 Resource Coordinator Mike Ranen wrote in an email to all students on Monday.
For the most part, these students must be eligible for a vaccination in a state other than Maine and must be able to obtain an appointment and travel to and from their vaccination in one day. Depending on the state to which a student is traveling, they may need to quarantine upon re-entry to the campus community.
However, Ranen did address a potential area for exception to the above requirements.
“If you have health issues and are eligible for a vaccination in another state that does not meet these criteria, please reach out to Bowdoin Health Services to discuss your situation,” Ranen wrote.
In his email, Ranen also addressed the upcoming expansion in the group of Maine residents who will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Starting on Monday, April 19, all Maine residents who are at least 16 years old will be eligible for a vaccine.
“We are working with our partners at the local and state level to ensure that our students have access to a vaccination,” Ranen wrote. “As we get closer to April19, Bowdoin will be in touch with specific information regarding vaccine distribution.”
Ranen encouraged students to check Bowdoin’s COVID-19 FAQs for more information about Bowdoin and COVID-19 vaccine distribution.