COVID-19 Vaccines Being Scheduled for Priority Groups

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences has received its first group of about 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Campus Emergency Management officials are working daily with the Alabama Department of Public Health to plan for distributing the vaccines with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine priority access.

Healthcare providers, first responders, Capstone Village residents and employees, and vulnerable populations in the UA community will be among the first groups offered access. Other priority groups will be updated with guidance from ADPH.

The vaccine will require two doses administered 21 (Pfizer) to 28 (Moderna) days apart.

Campus community members will receive an email with details and a text message when they are eligible for vaccination. Because the vaccine’s shelf life is limited, individuals will have 48 hours to schedule an appointment or decline the offer.

Those who accept the voluntary vaccination will authorize consent when the first dose is administered and must remain at the vaccination site for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any reaction and to schedule the second dose appointment.

Vaccination is not required for employment at this time. If the vaccine offer is declined or an appointment is not scheduled within 48 hours, the vaccine dose will be made available to the next group of eligible recipients. Once declined or missed, vaccination requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on vaccine and resource availability.

Information on available vaccines to aid in the decision making process can be found on the FDA’s website, CDC’s website and ADPH’s website.

UA will provide regular updates via campus email, Inside UA messages and UA Healthinfo as the vaccination plan is updated.