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IMPORTANT: Second Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled

Message Highlights:

  • Appointments for this Friday’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution clinic are full.
  • We will host a second on-campus vaccine distribution clinic on Tuesday, April 20.
  • Effective April 19, Pennsylvania will broaden its vaccine eligibility requirements, and, as a result, all students, faculty, staff members, and household members of faculty and staff who are 18 or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • We will continue to follow our Vaccine Prioritization Plan.
  • We will share more details on this second clinic, including registration information, next week. 
  • If you’ve already received or are scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may disregard this email. 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Members, 

We are writing to inform you that all available appointments for this week’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic are now full. As anticipated, given the limited number of doses made available to us by Rite Aid Pharmacy, we were only able to open registration to Groups 1 and 2 (please see below), and we were not able to accommodate all individuals in those groups.   

Fortunately, we are pleased to let you know that we have arranged for a second COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus. In partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy, this second clinic will be held on Tuesday, April 20. The second dose will be given on May 18, so please plan accordingly. Through this clinic, we will be able to vaccinate an additional 1,500 individuals with the Moderna vaccine. Moderna is authorized only for individuals 18 or older. Effective April 19, Pennsylvania will broaden its vaccine eligibility requirements, and, as a result, all students, faculty, staff members, and household members of faculty and staff who are 18 or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. We will continue to prioritize individuals based on the groups below. 

Please note: If you’ve already received or are scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may disregard this email. 

Vaccine Prioritization Plan

  • Group 1 — Employees whose work requires them to be on campus, including staff in Athletics, Environmental Services, Dining, Facilities, Maintenance, the Office of Student Engagement, Public Safety, and other faculty and staff members who regularly come to campus and are part of our weekly testing protocol.
  • Group 2 — Students living in campus housing.
  • Group 3 — Enrolled students studying remotely and living in Pennsylvania. 
  • Group 4 — Faculty and staff members working remotely (i.e., faculty and staff members who are NOT part of our weekly testing protocols).
  • Group 5 — Household members of faculty and staff members who are 18 or older.

Given the number of doses available, and the fact that this will be our second on-campus clinic, we are confident that we will be able to offer the vaccine to all individuals in Groups 1 and 2, and many of the individuals in Groups 3 and 4. We have not yet determined whether we’ll have enough doses of the vaccine to begin offering it to individuals in Group 5.

We will share more information on the second clinic, including details on the registration process, by the end of next week.   

We know that many of you have been able to receive the vaccine through other avenues. If you are able to receive the vaccine elsewhere, we encourage you to do so. And, because of our limited supply, if you already have an appointment elsewhere, please keep it. 

These clinics are an outcome of the extraordinary efforts of a number of our staff members, and we want to recognize the time and energy that so many are investing into making them happen. And our thanks to all of you for your ongoing patience, cooperation, and understanding as we continue our work to keep our community members healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Catherine Geddis
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs