The Middlebury Institute will require all students, faculty, and staff learning or working on campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except those with an approved medical or religious exemption. Read the full announcement.

All students who plan to enroll for in-person learning at Monterey in the fall must be fully vaccinated before their return to campus. This means they must have received their final dose of the vaccine no later than 14 days prior to arrival on campus. 

All Middlebury Institute employees should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than August 16 in preparation for our return to campus this fall.

Why Require a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Scientific research tells us that vaccination of the vast majority of our community will provide the best possible protection against COVID-19. We expect that once most individuals are vaccinated, we will be able to relax and move away from many of the restrictions on campus and resume more activities and events. We will of course continue to follow appropriate health and safety protocols to protect our entire community as long as we need to, consistent with local conditions and government directives.

Vaccination Options

  • Students living in the United States should receive a vaccine that has been approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) prior to their arrival.
  • Students who have not been vaccinated prior to arriving in Monterey will be provided with resources to find convenient locations where the vaccine is available. It will be important to obtain the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible, so that full vaccination (two weeks after the final dose) can be achieved quickly. Students should not come to campus and may join classes and other campus activities remotely until they are fully vaccinated. 

Vaccine Information for International Students or Those Coming to MIIS from Abroad

  • Individuals living abroad without access to the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines should prioritize vaccines on the WHO emergency use listing, followed by any other government vaccines provided in their location prior to coming to campus. 
  • Both vaccines of a two-shot vaccine brand will need to be received either before coming to the United States or after arriving in the United States, since both shots must be from the same brand of vaccine. If you are unable to complete both shots before arriving in the U.S., we recommend waiting until arrival to get both shots. The Institute will accommodate remote support during welcome week and the beginning of the semester for any students who are not fully vaccinated at the start of the fall 2021 semester. Please do not attend on-campus activities or classes until you are fully vaccinated.
  • For vaccine documentation that is not in English, an additional document with a translation to English that includes your name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, and vaccination dates will also be required.  

How to Get Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available for everyone 12 years of age and older. The Monterey County Department of Health and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula are both good resources for finding sites and vaccination appointments.  

The following locations are within easy walking distance of the Institute campus and offer the vaccine either by appointment or walk-in:

  • Walgreens: 416 Alvarado Street, Monterey
  • Rite Aid: 499 Alvarado Street, Monterey 
  • Pharmaca: 570 Munras Avenue, Monterey (next to Trader Joe’s)

More information on COVID vaccines from nearby locations can be found here.

Protecting Our Campus Community

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our campus community, we ask employees and students to refrain from coming to campus until they are fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of their vaccine. Our faculty and staff are prepared to support remote student participation during new student welcome week (the week of August 30) and during the first weeks of classes (starting September 7). Students and employees with approved medical or religious exemptions may attend classes on campus once their exemption is approved.


An online COVID vaccine verification system is available to allow uploading of documentation of your vaccination. Employees and students will have received an email from with details on how to provide documentation. 

Additional details are available here.


Students, faculty, and staff with a genuine medical condition or religious belief that prohibits them from being vaccinated may request an exemption to this policy. Students should submit a request for an exemption to the Office of Student Services by downloading this form and then submitting to Institute employees wishing to submit a request for a medical or religious exemption should complete this form and submit it to for review and consideration.

Other Immunization Requirements

Currently, the Middlebury Institute requires vaccination documentation only for COVID-19. There are no other vaccinations required to attend the Institute at this time. However, it is recommended that students bring or have access to their vaccination records, in case they are needed.

If you are concerned about getting sick while in Monterey and would like to know more about recommended vaccinations when coming to the U.S., visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Travel Vaccine Information for Those Entering the U.S.

Per the U.S State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those entering the United States are required to show a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and older prior to boarding. California Department of Public Health and CDC travel guidelines provide additional information on requirements.