The Middlebury Institute requires all students, faculty, and staff learning or working on campus during the 2022-2023 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except those with an approved medical or religious exemption. 

All members of the Institute community, except those working or learning 100% online, must be fully vaccinated and have obtained at least one booster.

COVID-19 Booster Now Required

The Middlebury Institute requires all faculty, staff, and students eligible to receive COVID-19 booster shots to verify that they have received their booster, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. 

Faculty, staff, and students who will not be eligible for the booster vaccine by September 2, 2022 must receive their booster shot as soon as they are eligible and provide verification to the Institute no later than two weeks after they receive their booster, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.

Students and employees who already have approved medical or religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine do not have to resubmit a new exemption request for the booster shot. 

This deadline for booster shots is intended to allow for anyone who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the summer to be at least six months out from full vaccination and to ensure that our community is as fully protected as possible in time for our return to campus for the spring semester. Individuals who received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may receive their booster two or more months after their initial dose. Middlebury’s COVID-19 leave plan has been expanded for staff, regardless of benefit eligibility, to allow for paid time away to receive a booster or recover from any potential side effects of the booster.  

Appointments for vaccination and boosters are available at doctors’ offices, community clinics, pharmacies, and many other locations across Monterey County.

All faculty, staff, and students should retain a copy of their booster record and upload their record via the SentryMD portal using your email address. More information is available on the Middlebury  COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements webpage. New students for the fall 2022 semester and continuing students who will be in-person on campus for the first time will need to upload verifications for their vaccines and booster.  

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
  • Per the CDC website, all travelers to the U.S. (by air) are required to be fully vaccinated before coming to the U.S., with limited exceptions.
  • The CDC now allows mix & match COVID-19 vaccines when considering eligibility for entry to the U.S. If you are an exception as outlined by the CDC and unable to complete both vaccine shots and booster shot before arriving in the U.S., we recommend waiting until arrival in the U.S. 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 spring 2022 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 5 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 and testing at 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 and have obtained their booster. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of their vaccine. Our faculty and staff are prepared to support online student participation during new student welcome week (the week of August 29) and during the first weeks of classes (starting September 6). 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.