Please note, for all intensive purposes, "vaccines" or "vaccination" on this page refer to COVID-19 vaccines. For information about other vaccines, refer this page.
Will incoming international students need to show a proof or certificate of vaccination anywhere?
- Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
- US Department of State
- Customs and Border Protection
- The US federal government
Travelers are strongly advised to check with their respective airlines to see if they have any requirements of their own.
What are the current travel and isolation guidelines for travelers coming into the US from international destinations?
Michigan Tech follows the current US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for international travelers, which includes:
- For ALL travelers (vaccinated, unvaccinated, and partially vaccinated):
- Masks are required on planes, buses, trains and other public transports, and in transportation hubs (airports, train stations, etc.)
- ALL passengers are REQUIRED to have a negative COVID test report dated within 1-3 days before their date of travel, or a documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 3 months
- For fully vaccinated travelers (vaccine must be approved by World Health Organization,
and past 14 days since completion of dose):
- Get a viral test 3-5 days after travel
- If the test is positive, isolate
- Self-monitor for symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
- No need to quarantine/isolate if traveler is asymptomatic or if test result is negative
- For unvaccinated travelers (including partially vaccinated i.e. not past 14 days since
completion of dose, or received only 1 dose of a 2-dose series, or vaccinated by a
- Get a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for 7 days
- Even if the test result is negative, do a full 7 days of self-quarantine
- If the test is positive, isolate
- If you do not get a test, quarantine for 10 days
- Avoid being around "high-risk groups" (i.e. senior citizens, people with co-morbidities) for 14 days
- Self-monitor for symptoms, isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list. Students are advised to check the CDC website for details.
What is the procedure for international students to get vaccinated after coming to Michigan Tech?
There are many places in the area where students can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Among them, the closest to campus is the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (phone: 906-483-1860). Appointments can be booked from their website or by phone.
To find other vaccine providers in the area, students can go to this website and enter the zip code (49931 for Houghton), text the zip code (49931) to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
What should a student do if they have received only 1 dose of a 2-dose series US-approved vaccine (i.e., Moderna or Pfizer) in their home country?
In this case, the student DOES NOT need to restart the series. They should try to get the second shot (of the SAME VACCINE) as close to the recommended timeline (21 days for Pfizer, 28 days for Moderna) as possible.
Even if that timeline has passed, students do not need to restart the series, instead just try to receive the second dose as soon as possible.
If a student is fully vaccinated by a vaccine that is approved by the WHO but not approved by the CDC, do they need further vaccinations?
No, as long as the vaccine series is completed, further vaccination is not required.
However, IF THE SERIES IS NOT COMPLETED, students should wait till 28 days have passed since they had received the first dose in their home country, and then restart the vaccination series with a US-approved vaccine.
If a student is has completed their vaccination series by a non-US and non-WHO-approved vaccine, will they be considered as fully vaccinated?
No, for the purpose of public health guidance, a student who has received a vaccine that is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or WHO is NOT CONSIDERED to be fully vaccinated.
If a student, in their home country, has access to a non-US and non-WHO-approved vaccine, should they procure that vaccine? Or should they remain unvaccinated till they arrive in the US?
WHO recommends that individuals take whatever vaccine is made available to them first and follow the recommendations of the respective health agencies in their country, as vaccination is the best method to slow transmission. However, this is entirely the individual's decision and we (Michigan Tech) cannot provide any advice or suggestion about this.
(It is important to note that even if an individual is fully vaccinated by a non-WHO-approved vaccine, they will NOT be considered as fully vaccinated after arriving in the US.)
If a student is partially vaccinated (i.e. received 1 dose of a 2-dose series) by a non-WHO-approved vaccine, what is their recommended course of action after arriving in the US?
The individual should wait till 28 days have passed since they had received the first dose in their home country, and then restart the vaccination series with a US-approved vaccine.
What vaccines are currently approved by WHO?
- Pfizer-BioNTech (FDA-approved and available in US)
- Moderna (FDA-approved and available in US)
- Johnson & Johnson / Janssen (FDA-approved and available in US)
- AstraZeneca/Oxford, including Covishield
This list is available from the WHO website and students are encouraged to check for updates.