POSITIVE NEWS: vaccine availability and update
Dear Duquesne University students,
PA Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education is encouraging all students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive their COVID-19 vaccination before the semester ends.
The University will share opportunities for vaccinations as we learn of them. Please watch your email. Please also note the statement below from Dr. Debra Bogen, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, about the value of acquiring an initial dose of vaccine.
VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE TOMORROW
On Saturday, April 17, Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center, located on the South Side, is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment to adults 18 years and older. Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (This is not UPMC Mercy, the hospital next to Duquesne. This is a different organization, located on the South Side.)
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, visit www.pittsburghmercy.org, the organization’s COVID-19 Vaccination webpage, or call 412.918.0631. Pittsburgh Mercy is administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and therefore can only vaccinate adults 18 years and above.
The vaccine is free. Free parking is available. Appointments, masks and physical distance are required.
STATEMENT FROM DR. DEBRA BOGEN, DIRECTOR, ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Dr. Bogen sent the following message to the presidents of all Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities:
“I urge you to encourage all of your students to get vaccinated. As more vaccine is available in more locations, the ease and access are becoming better for everyone. I understand that, for many of your institutions, students will be leaving in a few weeks’ time. For those who do not live locally, there is concern that they will not be able to receive their second dose when recommended. Even with that caveat, I still urge them to get vaccinated.
“Clinical data show us that after just one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the risk of developing symptomatic covid-19 disease is reduced by up to 80% within two weeks. Even without a second dose, the vaccine provides significant protection. Students should of course understand that they are not fully protected—and should seek the second dose per the national recommendations.
“Additionally, although students may not be local to receive their second dose, the additional supply of vaccine throughout the country has loosened restrictions allowing many to secure a second dose at locations other than where they received their first. Students should just be certain to take their vaccination card with them and to present it when seeking their second dose. They should also be certain that they receive the same vaccine for their second dose as they received for their first.
“In the event that there are some who are unable to secure a second dose, we will be happy to work with you to accommodate them when they return to campus in August.
“As I am sure you are aware, students who are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID will have a safer and more robust college experience, something that all of us want for them. It also ensures that those who are involved with the day to day administration of your institution are protected, as are the families, friends and acquaintances of the students.”
INFORMATION AND FAQs REGARDING THE VACCINES