Prescreening and Mask Requirements

COVID-19 Therapies and Vaccines

COVID-19 therapies can help your immune system fight a COVID-19 infection, while vaccines help prevent infection. If you are not already fully vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Your health and safety are our top priorities. Here is the latest information you need to know before visiting any of our locations.

Before Your Appointment

If you have a respiratory illness or any COVID-like symptoms, please call your Dana-Farber doctor's office before your appointment. We want to know if you have any cold, flu, or COVID-like symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath

Contact us if you're unsure or have any questions. You can call 617-632-3000 or find your doctor's number in our online directory.

Day of Your Appointment

Face Masks

Face masks are currently required for everyone at Dana-Farber, including staff and patients, due to higher rates of respiratory illness in our region. This adjustment in our face mask policy is effective December 18 and will continue for the foreseeable future.

  • Face masks are available at our entrances and hygiene stations for your use. You can wear our mask by itself or over your own mask.
  • Please use the face mask that we give you when you arrive, and ensure it covers your mouth and nose at all times.
  • We will continue to monitor levels of respiratory illness in the community and adjust our policy when appropriate. We check a number of different data points, including rates of influenza-like illness, staff absenteeism, and emergency room visits and hospitalizations caused by respiratory viruses. We will lift the mask requirement when these data points remain consistently lower.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in helping us protect our patients.


We ask that patients in clinic areas limit visitors to two at a time, due to space constraints and the privacy of other patients. Please review our outpatient visitor policy for full details about bringing a companion to Dana-Farber.