Information on COVID-19 Testing at Williams
Do I need an appointment at the Health Center or can I just walk in?
Yes, you need to make an appointment. For the safety of all students and staff, the Health Center requires students to call the Health Center at 413-597-2206, to be pre-screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care.
Health Center will be relying heavily on telemedicine this semester. If a provider feels that a student needs to be seen face to face and feels it is safe to do so, the student will be scheduled an appointment. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room.
Many appointments are available the same day or next day.
What if I can’t get my physical exam done by the July 1 deadline?
Don’t worry. This occurs every year for some students, often due to insurance requirements. Get your physical when you are due, before arriving on campus, and upload it through your portal when it is complete. There will be a hold on your dorm room key until we have received and reviewed the form. It is important that our form, which is available on the portal, be used. Be sure your medical provider has filled it out completely, with particular attention to the exam date (top right of form), the cardiovascular exam (important for anyone who plans to participate in athletics on any level, including club sports), and whether or not there are limitations on your physical activity level for any reason (this is a box to be checked at the bottom of the actual exam information).
What if I am unable to get immunizations (vaccines) required by the State of Massachusetts?
The Health Center will be able to provide vaccines when you arrive. There will be a hold on your dorm room key until required immunizations are completed. State of Massachusetts required immunizations include: 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), 2 Varicella (chickenpox), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), 3 Hepatitis B vaccines, and up to date Menactra/Menveo (meningococcal ACWY/MCV4), with one dose given after age 16 years, or signed waiver for meningococcal vaccine. Specific State of Massachusetts requirements about when all of these vaccines have been received, or providing copies of immune titer lab reports, are included on the immunization form in the portal.
The ChooseWell COVID-19 project: a resource hub to assist students, staff, and faculty in tending to their wellbeing during this global moment of uncertainty and unexpected changes.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
To enhance everyone’s safety and ensure appropriate social distancing we’re modifying the Walgreens Pharmacy shuttle program in the following ways:
- The shuttle will run by appointment only instead of at regularly scheduled times
- No more than 2 students will be allowed per shuttle
- All riders will be required to satisfy Northern Berkshire EMS COVID-19 screening protocols before being allowed to take the shuttle
The pharmacy shuttle will depart from and return to Hopkins Hall Drive (outside the entrance for Campus Safety & Security).
Students should call (413) 597-4545 to request a ride. Be prepared to provide your name and call-back number.
These additional precautions are likely to increase wait times to get the pharmacy, so please only use this service if it is imperative you pick up a prescription. Please plan appropriately and allot as much time as possible when you call to make an appointment.
Thank you for your consideration and patience as we try to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
Thompson Health Center
105 The Knolls (the end of Hoxsey Street)
Please refer to "Thompson Health Center Medical Services COVID-19 Update" on our main page for updated information
When College is in session:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 9:00 am ‐ 5:00pm
Wednesday 10 am ‐ 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm ‐ 5:00 pm
Prescriptions are called into the local Walgreens Pharmacy at Rite Aid located in the Colonial Shopping Center on Main Street in Williamstown. A free shuttle service to the pharmacy is available twice daily to assist students needing to pick up prescription medications. Learn more.
We provide free transport for non-emergency appointments: advance scheduling required. Learn more.
Release of Medical Information Form
This form is not required for newly entering students. Should you wish to request a copy of your student health record, please follow the instructions on the form and return to the Health Center by email to [email protected] or via fax @ 413.597.2982. Your request will be processed during the academic year when the Student Health Center is open.
Please allow up to two weeks for processing of your request.
Required Health Forms for First Year Students and Students new to Williams College
All first-year and transfer students are required to complete and return Williams health forms. To do so, a physical exam is required within 12 months of July 1. Students planning to participate in intercollegiate sports must have a physical within the 6-month period preceding their sport season: August 30 for Fall sports, November 1 for Winter and Spring sports
The complete instructions and all REQUIRED forms for first-year and transfer students are accessed and submitted through the Williams College Health Services Patient Portal. (http://williams.medicatconnect.com/) Deadline is JULY 1st. You may submit any questions you may have regarding the required health forms or the deadline via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using “Health Forms” as the subject line.
If you cannot get an appointment for your physical prior to this date, please submit (upload on the Portal noted above) the other forms and submit your required physical form as soon as possible prior to your arrival.
IMPORTANT: A hold will be placed on access to your dorm room until there is confirmed receipt of all of your health forms listed below. All of these forms, along with instructions, are found on the Williams College Health Services Patient Portal.
- Health & Consent Form, including Health History
- Physical Examination Form (Physical Exam Form .pdf)
- Immunization History Form *(Immunization Form .pdf)
- Meningococcal Vaccination Waiver (required for all student who do not have history of receiving the vaccination)
*form is included with Immunization Form .pdf
- Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
- Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Physician Follow-up Form (to be completed and signed by your provider if your on-line risk assessment indicates that you are required to do so) (TB Form for Physician .pdf)
For Students with Food Allergies
If you have a food allergy, please click on the link below and fill out the Food Allergy Advisory Form. This will allow Dining Services and Health Services to better understand what your needs are in regards to your allergy, and how we can create a safe environment for our Williams community.
For emergency help, Dial 911 from any campus phone.
For concerns of an URGENT NATURE that you feel cannot wait until Health and Wellness Services reopen, call Health and Wellness Services @ 413.597.2206 and follow the message prompts.
- Press 1 to access the on-call physician for medical advice or recommendations.
- Press 2 to access Integrative Wellbeing Services on-call Counselor.