Sign-ups Open for COVID Booster Dose Clinics; Employee Volunteers Needed
Dear faculty, staff, and students:
I’m excited to share that more than 650 of you have expressed an interest in receiving a COVID-19 booster vaccine through our on-campus clinics in December! This is on top of more than 500 booster doses administered in our November clinics.
To follow-up on my message of last week, dates have now been confirmed for our December booster dose clinics. To remind everyone:
- Per the CDC, it’s OK to get vaccinated with a vaccine type (e.g., Moderna, Pfizer) that is different from your original vaccine type.
- All of our booster dose clinics are optional and free, regardless of insurance. If an eligible community member does not have health insurance, they can still get a booster dose in one of our clinics!
- As you schedule your appointment, remember that you will need to wait for at least 15 and up to 30 minutes in our observation area after your injection.
You are eligible to sign up for our December clinics if you are 18 years of age or older and you either:
- Received your last dose of mRNA vaccine (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna) at least six months prior to the clinic date; or
- Received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months prior to the clinic date.
PLEASE READ this paragraph for an important update if you received vaccines other than Pfizer, Moderna, or Johson & Johnson: Under the CDC’s recently issued COVID-19 Emergency Use Instructions, for people who completed all of the recommended doses of a WHO-Emergency Use Listed COVID-19 vaccine not approved or authorized by FDA, or people who completed a heterologous (mix and match) series composed of any combination of FDA-approved, FDA-authorized, or WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccines: People aged ≥18 years (including moderately or severely immunocompromised people who received an additional primary dose) are now eligible to receive a single booster dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after completing their primary series. Please read this fact sheet for more information. If you fall into this category and want a booster dose, you should be sure to sign up for the December 9 clinic described below, as that is the only clinic where the Pfizer vaccine will be available.
Clinic for Students Only on Friday, December 3
We will hold a small booster dose clinic in the Thayer Room of Templeton Student Center on the undergraduate campus from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 3. This clinic is open ONLY to students who meet the eligibility criteria above. Students can sign up for this clinic through the Health Information Portal. Follow these directions, and ignore the directions below. The vaccine administered will be Moderna.
Clinics for Students, Employees and Contracted Staff on December 6, 8 and 9
We will hold much larger booster dose clinics on the following dates. These clinics are open to students as well as employees and contracted staff:
- Monday, December 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Moderna vaccine only)
- Wednesday, December 8, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. (Moderna vaccine only)
- Thursday, December 9, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. (Moderna and Pfizer vaccine available)
The clinics on December 6, 8 and 9 will be held in the Council Chamber in Templeton Student Center.
For the clinics on December 6, 8 and 9, you must bring these items with you to the clinic:
- Your completed Insurance Claim and Consent to COVID Immunization Form (English Language version, Spanish Language Version)
- Your completed Pre-Vaccination Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccines.
- Your previous vaccination card. Please locate your hard-copy card in advance of the clinic! If you can’t find your hard-copy card, bring a picture of your card, e.g., on your phone. If you don’t have your hard-copy card, and you don’t have a picture of your card, please contact us at email@example.com as soon as possible for guidance.
- Your insurance card (if you have one). All insurance is accepted.
If you meet one of the above eligibility requirements, and would like to participate in a vaccine clinic on December 6, 8 or 9, please sign-up here. As you sign up, please be mindful that many (but not all) people experience side effects within about 1-2 days of their booster dose, so pick a booster dose appointment time that won’t compromise your preparation for final exams and projects.
Calling for Faculty and Staff Volunteers!
We will again need faculty/staff volunteers to help support these clinics! I ask employees to please consider volunteering for a one-hour shift – just write your name on this Googlesheet. Be sure to consult with your supervisor about approval to volunteer in the clinic.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the clinics next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Hancock, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students for Health & Wellness