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UHS resuming J&J student vaccinations

Updated April 26, 2021

University Health Service (UHS) will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-dose vaccine to students. The FDA and CDC jointly lifted the pause on the J&J vaccine following a thorough safety review and determination that potential blood clots are very rare events, and New York State has endorsed the federal recommendations.

UHS is directly emailing all of the students who originally signed up to receive the J&J vaccine two weeks ago and scheduling them for appointments on Wednesday, April 28, if the students still need the vaccine. These appointments will be held at the Goergen Athletic Center on River Campus.

Depending on how many doses are still available following Wednesday’s clinic, UHS may re-open additional slots to students on Thursday, and will announce sign-up information at that point. Since the pause, UHS has safely stored its supply of the J&J vaccine on site, and the expiration date on the vials is still several weeks in the future.

As reminders:

  • This J&J shot is available only to those 18 and older.
  • There is no charge for anyone for the vaccine. Students should bring to their appointment their Student ID, show a completed Dr. Chat Bot screen, and, if possible, bring their insurance card. However, there will be no out-of-pocket cost for students under any circumstances.
  • To prepare, be sure to hydrate and eat a small snack beforehand.
  • The University announced on April 23 that all students planning to be on campus for academic year 2021-22 will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • In addition to this UHS vaccination opportunity, students can register to be vaccinated through the University of Rochester Medical Center. Appointments are readily available, mainly for the Moderna and Pfizer two-dose vaccines. Students who have not yet turned 18 are limited to getting the Pfizer vaccine.
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