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Update Jan. 15: COVID-19 vaccination availability

We want to share a vaccine update that email notifications have been delivered to the following categories of University community members letting them know that URMC Employee Health was able to schedule them for a COVID vaccination:

  • Faculty, staff, and matriculated students 65 years and older
  • Warner School and Eastman School students who are working in preschool-grade 12 settings (students registered for clinical experiences, e.g., practica, internships, field experiences, student teaching, or relevant EDF courses in teaching, counseling, and administration)

Individuals who accepted these appointments must sign an attestation of their eligibility and show their University ID. The clinics for these groups have been completed—for the first dose—and the registration link contained in these emails has expired; subsequent notifications sent to these groups will include new registration instructions. As vaccine supplies allow, additional slots will be made available more broadly for in-person instructional faculty, who are also approved within the current New York State eligibility designations. Invitations for this expanded group will be delivered through University email. All notifications are being made in alignment with the federal and state guidelines for vaccine distribution.

Also, UR Medicine has begun to vaccinate its patients aged 65 and older, so this may present another opportunity for University community members who are also UR Medicine patients. UR Medicine will begin phoning patients Sunday, Jan. 17, in randomized order, offering appointments at two locations: Manhattan Square Park office space, and the Saunders Building on the Medical Center Campus.

UR Medicine expects to open more vaccine centers in upcoming weeks to accommodate larger volumes of patients and will also deploy mobile clinics. As with other local vaccine centers, all UR Medicine centers are operating on an appointment-only basis.  Over time, as availability of vaccine allows, UR Medicine will offer vaccination to all UR Medicine patients.

It’s important to note that vaccine supplies are limited, as Governor Cuomo has said, and it will take time to vaccinate all of the people in the identified groups. Please do not call Employee Health or University Health Service with questions; staff members are dedicated to the vaccination process and other important employee and student health business. For further updates on vaccine availability on campus, be sure to check @Rochester and this website.

For additional facts about the vaccination process through URMC, see URMC Vaccine FAQ. And for additional vaccine clinic options in the Greater Rochester area, please use New York State’s Am I Eligible site to explore more appointment opportunities.

(Note: This is an update to information originally shared on January 13.)

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