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How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

All members of the community are welcome to request a COVID-19 at ukvaccine.org. When it is your time to schedule, you will receive an invitation at the same email you signed up with. If you are an employee or student at UK, please use your UK email address.

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How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

As is the case with other illnesses such as influenza, the COVID vaccination will help your body create antibodies to prevent contracting severe COVID disease. Even if you do become infected, chances are that you will not experience symptoms, or they will be mild.

Is it possible to contract COVID-19 from the vaccines being produced?

No. None of the vaccines currently in development use a live virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information.

Vaccines at UK

How do I get a vaccine?

Request your vaccine here. Anyone can request a vaccine. 

After you request a vaccination:

  • The invitation will be sent to the email address you provide on this form.
  • Look for an email from UK HEALTHCARE VACCINATIONS.
  • Once you receive the invitation, please respond as quickly as possible. You will get an access code that allows you to schedule your appointment. This code is FOR YOUR USE ONLY. Inappropriately sharing this code could potentially delay vaccination of someone who has been prioritized and invited to schedule an appointment.
  • Anyone using an access code who has obtained it improperly will have their appointment canceled or will be turned away at the vaccination clinic.
  • Your information will be reported to the state for the Kentucky Immunization Registry but will not be used for any other purposes.

 

Where can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UK?

University Health Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 830 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536

Turfland Retail Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 2195 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504

Alumni Park Plaza – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • 2317 Alumni Park Plaza, Lexington, KY 40517 
  • This site includes a drive-thru option as well  

Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Kentucky Clinic Building, 740 S. Limestone

Where will adolescents receive their vaccinations when the vaccines are approved for that age group?

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to anyone age 12 and over at UK HealthCare vaccination locations operated by UK Pharmacy Services. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Vaccinations are offered Tuesday - Friday.

Will I have the option to choose which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

No, you are unable to choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive. 

Is the COVID vaccine mandatory for employees and students?

Neither students nor employees are required to receive the COVID vaccine at this time.

Following parameters provided by the state, our goal is to invite as many individuals who would like to be vaccinated to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once an employee or student receives an invitation to vaccinate, they can follow the process outlined in that email to either schedule an appointment to vaccinate or decline a vaccination.

What should I do if I am an employee or student if I have already received a COVID vaccine?

If you are a UK student or employee and have already received a COVID-19 vaccine from a provider who is outside of the University of Kentucky system, please use the UK Health Corps self-report tool to submit your vaccination documentation. That self-report tool can be accessed at https://hcselfreport.uky.edu.

If you have already received a COVID vaccine through a University of Kentucky location, you do not need to take any additional steps to share your vaccination documentation.

Where can I find vaccine information relative to UK HealthCare employees?

UK HealthCare providers and staff can find COVID-19 vaccine information here.

Will it cost me anything to receive the vaccine?

No, the vaccine will be provided at no cost to you. Additional information is here

Will UK Human Resources share my personal health history with COVID vaccination teams?

No. UK Human Resources will not share an individual’s personal health history with any COVID vaccination teams. 

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

You are required to wear a mask to your appointment. You must also bring a form of identification.

How do I schedule my booster shot?

You should request your booster shot below any time after receiving your first dose. A few days before your booster is due, you will receive a link to schedule.

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Vaccine FAQs

How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

As is the case with other illnesses such as influenza, the COVID-19 vaccination will help your body create antibodies to prevent contracting severe COVID-19 disease. Even if you do become infected, chances are that you will not experience symptoms, or they will be mild.

For more information about how the vaccines work, visit the CDC website.

Is it possible to contract COVID-19 from the vaccines being produced? 

No. None of the vaccines currently in development use a live virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information. 

After vaccination, how long does it take for the vaccine to be fully effective?

About 14 days after the second dose.

How long will the vaccine last? Will we have to be revaccinated each year like the flu shot?

Currently, we do not know. As more time goes by, more data will emerge and more information will be available.

Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

According to the CDC, vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. 

Based on these guidelines...

  • Members of the UK community who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks or face coverings in campus outdoor spaces or inside non-UK HealthCare campus buildings.
  • Members of the UK community who have been vaccinated no longer are required to complete the university’s daily screener.
  • Students who are vaccinated will not be required to complete COVID-19 entry or ongoing testing.

Click here to read more about the latest health and safety policies. 

What should I do if I am allergic to the vaccine or something in the vaccine, or if I had an allergic reaction to the first dose?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you not get the second dose. 

As an example, an allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital.

If you had a non-severe allergic reaction within four hours after getting vaccinated (known as immediate allergic reactions), such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress), you should nor receive the second dose of any of the currently available mRNA vaccines. Talk to your doctor; he or she may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology.

If you are unsure whether your reaction was considered serious, or if you have any concerns about the side effects you experienced, talk to your doctor before receiving the second dose.

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to foods, environmental allergens or other factors not included in the vaccine ingredients, you SHOULD be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions.

Should I still get the vaccine if...

I'm pregnant or nursing?

Please discuss vaccination with your health care provider. For more information, you can go to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine statement on SARS-CoV-2 vaccination or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement on vaccinating pregnant and lactating patients against COVID-19. 

I've already had COVID-19?

Yes. There is not enough evidence to indicate how long your existing antibodies would be protective. The recommendation is to get the vaccine due to evidence that COVID reinfection is possible. 

I currently have COVID-19?

It’s best to wait to be inoculated until you’ve recovered from your illness and have met all the criteria to end self-isolation to avoid spreading the infection to others. There is no recommended minimum interval to get vaccinated after you’ve recovered.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/interactive/2020/covid-vaccines-what-you-need-to-know/

I'm immunocompromised?

Please discuss vaccination with your provider. Every immunocompromised patient is different, and your particular circumstances should be taken into consideration when making that decision.

Questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees?

Other COVID-19-related questions?

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Email
healthcorps@uky.edu
Phone
859-218-SAFE

Questions related to campus operations for spring 2021?

Vaccines in Kentucky

For more information on state progress regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the official webpage for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

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