The Harvard College Democrats published an open letter to Harvard University Health Services on Sunday asking for increased abortion access for students. HUHS does cover obstetrics and gynecology services for students who opt into the Student Health Insurance Plan, which costs over $4,000 per year. But many students choose to waive SHIP and only pay the $1,300 Student Health Fee, which does not cover gynecological services.
Masking and Covid-19 testing will remain optional on Harvard’s campus going into the 2022 fall semester and the school will stop providing free PCR tests to affiliates three weeks into the term, the University announced Wednesday.
When Harvard officials announced that it would drop its indoor mask mandate, University officials said that regular testing protocols would remain in place. But some experts say testing requirements, too, could soon be on the way out.
The Harvard Women’s Cabinet, a student group dedicated to addressing gender issues on campus, is aiming to partner with the Undergraduate Council on an initiative to centralize health care resources at the University.
After making it through two weeks of the semester without a major spike in Covid-19 cases, Harvard loosened some of its public health restrictions last Friday. Undergraduates will now be able to eat in full-capacity dining halls and their testing cadence was reduced to twice per week.
Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen praised the University’s spring semester Covid-19 policies — which now require students to isolate in their dorms and conduct their own contact tracing — at a faculty meeting Tuesday.
As part of its new Covid-19 public health measures for the spring semester, Harvard will provide KN95 masks to students upon request.
Harvard students who test positive for Covid-19 during the spring semester will be required to self-isolate — not move into University-provided isolation housing — and conduct contact tracing themselves, a stark departure from the school’s previous public health policies.
Seven Harvard graduate student organizations submitted a letter to Harvard University Health Services Wednesday calling on Harvard to increase the refill quantity limit for medications used to treat and prevent HIV infection.
While Harvard University Health Services is not yet offering Covid-19 booster shots, students and other Harvard affiliates said they have secured booster shots from local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.
As its first in-person semester in over a year winds down, Harvard is preparing to loosen its on-campus Covid-19 restrictions, which include mask requirements and limits on gatherings.
Harvard’s Counseling and Mental Health Services has witnessed an influx of students seeking mental health resources since they returned to campus this fall.
Harvard will not make Covid-19 booster shots mandatory anytime soon, University Health Services Executive Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Thursday interview.
Though Covid-19 case counts on campus remain low, the sounds of coughs and sneezes resound through classes across campus as undergraduates fight off an array of respiratory infections.
‘A Wake-up Call’: 1,000 Backpacks Across Harvard Yard Bring Attention to Undergraduates Lost to Suicide
The backpack exhibit, entitled “Send Silence Packing,” put an under-addressed issue on glaring display for everyone wandering through the Yard: mental health is a struggle on college campuses, including Harvard’s.
Harvard affiliates will become eligible for free seasonal flu shots at Cambridge Public Health Department clinics available to all city residents in a month.
Harvard’s Counseling and Mental Health Services announced last Friday the launch of a new 24/7 mental health hotline, CAMHS Cares, for students in need of immediate help.
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 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.
Fully vaccinated Harvard affiliates will be able to conduct University-related domestic travel and international travel to certain countries beginning on May 15, the school announced Friday.
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.
The Undergraduate Council passed legislation to establish an information week about services at HUHS and to release a statement on addressing sexual harassment at Harvard on Sunday.
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.”