UPDATED COVID-19 VACCINE INSTRUCTIONS
- NOTE: This message was posted on Jan. 11 and provided the current information at that time. Please follow the updated instructions.
To faculty and staff:
I am writing to address questions about employee access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The federal government determines the level of vaccine distribution for each state, while states are responsible for setting a phased approach to vaccination. Pennsylvania’s approach provided the first doses to hospital and health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities that serve clients over 75 years old. I anticipate the Pennsylvania Department of Health will move to phase 1B in the coming days, which will begin to allow vaccine access to education workers.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) have been identified as vaccine distribution centers. Bailey Health Center, which may be able to assist providers with on-site vaccinations later in the year, can help LVHN and SLUHN connect with faculty and staff interested in receiving the vaccine. Doses are limited, and the health networks will follow state guidance in prioritizing individuals for vaccination. The health center is communicating regularly with both hospital networks to ensure that we are providing the most accurate information regarding access to our employees.
If you are interested in a COVID-19 vaccine, please follow the important steps below to assist with efficient distribution. You can pursue both the LVHN and SLUHN options, as well as others, and your best chance is to participate in all options. If you’re not a Pennsylvania resident, you also should check with your home state to see where you fall in its prioritization rubric.
If you recently tested positive for COVID-19 you cannot receive a vaccine now. You should discuss questions about the vaccine with your personal physician.
At a press conference last Friday, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine asked for patience as it will take time to distribute the vaccine to all who want it. I too ask for your patience and remind you that measures such as wearing a face covering, washing your hands, staying home when possible, and keeping at least six feet between you and people not in your immediate household are critical for disease mitigation.
We all look forward to a return to a sense of normalcy this year. Remember, we are all in this together.
Vice President for Campus Life