APRIL 12 UPDATE: Starting tomorrow, April 13, all Pennsylvanians ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pitt's COVID-19 Medical Response Office is encouraging members of the Pitt community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Below are resources to help find a clinic:
Many local and regional pharmacies and providers also are offering vaccine appointments. You can search by zip code or county on VaccinatePA, a volunteer-run resource created by Pitt students.
There are clinics going on at the Petersen Events Center this week, but they are only for those who received their first dose there last month.
By SUSAN JONES
Pitt will host vaccine clinics at the Petersen Events Center in the upcoming weeks, including several Allegheny County Health Department clinics to administer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and volunteers are needed to help the process run smoothly.
In addition, the University received 500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the Federal Pharmacy Program to provide to Pitt faculty and those staff who work directly with students as education workers under Pennsylvania’s Phase 1B, according to a Pitt spokesman. These were made available at an April 8 clinic at the Petersen Events Center. Participants were randomly selected and invited to register for a vaccine appointment.
The University also allocated 100 doses for the Birmingham Free Clinic to distribute on April 9 to homeless people and other transient populations.
For the upcoming Petersen Events Center clinics, volunteers are needed for two shifts from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 6 p.m. on April 14, 15, 19, 20, 22 and 23. There also are slots open from noon to 6 p.m. April 26. These are also second-dose clinics for people who received their first dose at an Allegheny Health Department clinic at the Pete.
Those who have previously volunteered at a vaccination clinic should have received an email asking them to set up an account through a new volunteer logistics app — Volgistics — to schedule future shifts. You can select the date/time and role for which you would like to volunteer.
If you have not previously enrolled as a volunteer with Volgistics you will need to complete the following three step enrollment process:
Step 1: Complete the appropriate Volunteer Application Form
- For licensed healthcare professionals and/or students in Dental, Medicine, Nursing, EMS, Physician Assistant and Pharmacy, complete the Healthcare Professional Volunteer Application Form.
- For those not in the categories listed above, use this link for the Volunteer Application Form.
After your application form is received, an email will be sent notifying you it was successfully submitted. The email will contain the links to complete Step 2 and Step 3:
Step 2: Complete both the Allegheny County Health Department release form and the University of Pittsburgh release form.
Step 3: Complete a SERVPA profile.
Once all three steps are complete, you will then receive a second email to set up your Volgistics profile where you can schedule the date/time and role for which you would like to volunteer.
Once all the forms are completed, you will be in the system if you want to volunteer at any future clinics. Pitt has been approved to provide vaccines, but has only gotten a very limited supply so far. If you have any questions, email COVAXVOL@pitt.edu.
The Greensburg and Johnstown campuses also are hosting vaccine clinics in the next two weeks. Mainline Pharmacy will run the events, which will be using the Moderna vaccine. Find dates and details on the clinics here.
Susan Jones is editor of the University Times. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-244-4042.
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