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When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

In the coming days and weeks, we are moving to begin vaccinating more members of our campus community beyond these initial groups, as state guidance allows and as increasing supplies of the vaccine become available.

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

What is the plan for vaccinating UK employees and students?

In accordance with the plans outlined by state health officials and Governor Andy Beshear, frontline employees who are health workers have been receiving vaccinations. We have vaccinated thousands of these health workers in a matter of weeks and — in accordance with state guidelines and in close partnership with UK HealthCare — we are moving forward with ensuring that faculty, staff and students in our colleges who interact with patients, function in clinical settings or work in research settings will be vaccinated as soon as possible.

In the coming days and weeks, we are moving to begin vaccinating more members of our campus community beyond these initial groups, as state guidance allows and as increasing supplies of the vaccine become available.

How is UK monitoring vaccine capacity and distribution logistics?

Using plans outlined by the state to guide them, a collaborative team of leaders from UK HealthCare, UK Health Corps and the university’s Emergency Operations Center assess vaccine availability and operations on a daily basis.  

A colleague/friend has already received an invite to vaccinate from the university but I have not. Is this a mistake?

Vaccines are being offered to UK community members based on several individual factors outlined in the state's distribution guidance. All members of the UK community will be invited to vaccinate based on this guidance and individual factors, but it will take time to reach all members of our community who wish to be vaccinated. While you should not be concerned if you have not yet received an invitation to vaccinate, you can direct questions to vaccine@uky.edu and a staff member will return your email as soon as possible. 

I am a UK employee or student. How do I get a vaccine?

Vaccines are being offered to UK community members based on several individual factors outlined in the state’s guidance. Each member of the UK community will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment to vaccinate once their opportunity to do so has arrived. This invite process is automatic and does not necessitate employees or students taking additional steps prior to receiving the invite. Individual invites to vaccinate will be sent to employees and students through their official UK email accounts.   

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.

Do I still need to take a COVID test upon entry if I have already received the vaccine?

Yes. All students planning on physically coming to campus are required to receive a COVID-19 test upon entry. Only students who tested positive ON or AFTER Oct. 16 are not required to participate in re-entry testing.

However, if you are a UK student who has already received a complete COVID-19 vaccination, you can use the self-report tool (https://hcselfreport.uky.edu) to upload your vaccine documentation. A member of the UK Health Corps staff will review each of these records on an individual basis. For additional questions related to COVID vaccines and entry testing email vaccine@uky.edu.  

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

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

Who should I contact if I have additional questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine?

Please reach out to vaccine@uky.edu for all questions related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Who should I contact if I have questions about COVID-19 that are unrelated to the vaccine?

Please reach out to Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu or 859-218-SAFE for any questions regarding COVID-19 but not related to the vaccine.

For questions about campus operations for the spring 2021 semester, please email coronavirus@uky.edu

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. 

Can I receive my second dose from a different provider than the first?

No. You must receive your first shot and booster shot from the same provider.

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?

​​​​​​Individuals who received their first vaccine shot on or before Saturday, Jan. 16: 

  • You will receive a follow-up email inviting you to schedule your booster shot.  

Individuals who receive their first vaccine shot after Saturday, Jan. 16:

  • You will receive a vaccine card at your appointment. A date will be listed on the back of this card that will tell you approximately when you should get your second dose, or booster. Please fill out this vaccination appointment request tool a week prior to that date. There will be a button where you request a booster. Upon completing the form, you will receive a confirmation email. Then, when it is time to schedule your appointment, you will receive an invitation through the email provided in the appointment request tool. 

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?

Experts want to learn more about the protection that a COVID-19 vaccine provides and how long immunity lasts before changing safety recommendations. Factors such as how many people get vaccinated and how the virus spreads in communities will also affect these recommendations. 

In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends following these precautions for avoiding infection with the COVID-19 virus: 

  •  Avoid close contact.  

  • Wear cloth face coverings in public places.  

  • Practice good hygiene.  

  • Stay home if you're sick. 

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?

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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