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Students to receive vaccine appointment emails beginning Monday

Students will receive either the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines but will not be able to choose which

Up-to-date information about the University’s vaccination program can be found at https://coronavirus.virginia.edu/vaccinations.
Up-to-date information about the University’s vaccination program can be found at https://coronavirus.virginia.edu/vaccinations.

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Dean of Students Allen Groves detailed the University's plans to help students get vaccinated in an email to students Friday. The message comes ahead of the Blue Ridge Health District moving into Phase 2 — which includes anyone 16 or older — Monday.

Next week, students will begin to receive vaccination invitations that will allow them to schedule appointments in the coming weeks. The invites shared with students are personalized, meaning only the invited student can schedule an appointment using the provided link. All vaccinations provided by U.Va. Health will be given at the COVID Community Vaccination Center in the Seminole Square Shopping Center.

Students must make an appointment to receive the vaccine, as walk-ins are not accepted. Additionally, this appointment is only for the first dose of the vaccine.

“If you have received an initial dose of vaccine at another location, you must return to the same location for your second dose,” Groves wrote.

Students who receive a two-dose vaccine — the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots — will be asked to return to the same location to get a second dose in either three or four weeks, respectively, depending on the shot provided. A second appointment time will be given at the vaccination site. Students who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — which only requires one dose — will not need to return. Students will not have the option to choose which vaccine they receive.

The email asks students to bring their University ID to the clinic. After being vaccinated, students will be given a vaccination card.

The University asks students without transportation options, particularly first-years, to schedule their appointment time for the weekend of April 17 and 18 between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For these two days, the University will provide transportation to the vaccination clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Groves advises that students arrive at the East Gate of Scott Stadium on Whitehead Road 30 minutes before their appointment. The buses will be running every five to 10 minutes and each bus will only take 20 students in order to facilitate social distancing.

Students will still need to report for prevalence testing until two weeks after their final dose — for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, this means students are only exempt after their second dose while those receiving Johnson & Johnson will be exempt after waiting the allotted time after their first dose. Students who get vaccinated through this site will automatically have their vaccination records updated in the HealthyHoos portal. 

University staff and faculty, who qualify to get vaccinated under phase 1c, have been eligible to receive a vaccination since April 1.

Specifically, phase 1c includes faculty, staff, resident advisors, IM Rec student workers, contract employees, research assistants, graduate teaching assistants and employees of the 23 University Associated Organizations.

Up-to-date information about the University’s vaccination program can be found at https://coronavirus.virginia.edu/vaccinations.

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