UMC is focusing its vaccine distribution via a Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) plan* and in the process of inviting these groups in the coming weeks:
• Current UA faculty and staff;
• UA contract workers with direct student contact (dining, service, transit);
• Others as authorized by ADPH.
Not eligible at this time: retirees and family members who are not UA employees
Priority invitations consider the following:
• Approved accommodations
• Medical risk (submit this online form if you may require medical-related priority access but do not have an approved 2021 COVID-19 accommodation)
• Known student contact
• Job responsibilities
. *Updates or changes possible pending new guidance or regulations.
Feb. 3, 2021
- The University of Alabama is working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health to proceed with focusing on the priority vaccine dispensing plan for the campus community, also called a “Closed POD.” Faculty, staff and frontline contract workers should be notified in coming weeks as additional vaccines are received.
- Following ADPH rules and guidance, the University Medical Center is providing vaccine access to the Closed POD University community through contact lists developed by the Office of Emergency Management, in alignment with guidelines. UMC and UA are also working closely with the county, city, DCH, and ADPH to support their efforts to vaccinate the general public.
- UA vaccine distribution guidance has evolved with instructions from ADPH as vaccine availability progressed. While UMC has played a role in offering vaccine doses to the community-at-large, including healthcare workers, first responders, public safety employees, residents of long-term care facilities like Capstone Village, and affiliated individuals 75 and older, that is not the UMC’s focus at this time.
- The current dispensing plan offers the vaccine to our internal community based on health risk and exposure. While vaccine access and appointment scheduling capabilities remain limited, the order in which UA individuals will be offered vaccination are based on job responsibilities, health implications, age and student interaction.
- The expectation is to vaccinate faculty, staff and contract worker groups in priority order based on high-risk medical conditions, age and close student interactions. UMC facilities are being dedicated to vaccinations on the weekend.
- Individuals will be contacted directly when they are available to schedule a vaccination appointment. The timeline to indicate acceptance is 24 hours from the time the invitation is emailed.
- No vaccines are being wasted. If appointments are missed or go unfilled, individuals are contacted.
- Those who make an appointment should not bring spouses or other family members to request on-site vaccinations for anyone who does not have an appointment. Only those who have been notified of their eligibility can schedule an appointment.
- At this time, the UA Closed POD is not scheduled to provide vaccines for UA retirees or others not currently working on campus. While vaccines were offered to students with clinical healthcare responsibilities, other students will be provided vaccine access after the employee communities have been invited.