Dispensing Vaccines

 

Dispensing Vaccines

The University of Toledo is committed to protecting our campus and our community. We are working closely with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to administer COVID-19 vaccines to priority populations, as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

As the Ohio Department of Health’s phased approach to vaccination moves from Phase 1A to Phase 1B, the vaccine will be offered to a broader cross-section of the community beginning the week of Jan. 19 In Ohio, Phase 1B includes adults 65 and older, those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical conditions, and adults who work in K-12 schools.

Pre-registering for Vaccines

The University of Toledo is partnering with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to help deploy vaccines to eligible University stakeholders as well as members of the greater Toledo community. The health department is managing pre-registration and scheduling for the vaccine and UTMC will serve as a vaccination location along with other local healthcare providers.

All University of Toledo faculty, staff and students, and member of the Toledo community who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should pre-register using the health department’s online registration form. The form collects basic contact information as well as relevant details about age, medical conditions and occupation to appropriately sort individuals into priority populations under Ohio’s phased approach to vaccination.

The health department will notify pre-registered individuals when they are eligible to receive the vaccine with a list of available locations, including UTMC, for scheduling their vaccination appointment.

The University will not be able to accommodate walk-in patients for vaccination. All vaccines must be scheduled through the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s pre-registration system.

If you need assistance pre-registering, please call 2-1-1 and the United Way of Greater Toledo can help you register over the telephone.

Resources
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Phased Approach
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
The Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel
UTMC’s Chief Medical Officer explains

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WHAT TO KNOW FOR YOUR VACCINE APPOINTMENT

Vaccines will be administered at The University of Toledo Medical Center on UToledo’s Health Science Campus. When you come for your scheduled vaccine appointment you may park in area 40, accessible from Library Circle off of Arlington Ave. Please follow signs to enter the hospital through the main entrance. Once you have checked in for your appointment hospital staff will direct you to the vaccination clinic.

UTMC cannot accommodate walk-in vaccine requests. All vaccinations are by appointment only as scheduled through the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

When you arrive you will need to provide a photo ID at the check-in desk. You will be scheduled for your second dose appointment at check in.

Following your vaccination you will receive a fact sheet about the type of vaccine you received and you will be monitored for 15 minutes in the vaccine clinic before discharge. All vaccine recipients are encouraged to register for V-safe, a web and smartphone-based tool from the CDC that provides personalized health check-ins following your COVID-19 vaccine.

Resources:

University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus Map
Google Map your route to UTMC
UTMC COVID-19 precautions

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Vial of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the United States have been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following a review for safety and effectiveness.

Resources
FDA: Emergency Use Authorization Explained
UToledo Town Hall: COVID-19 Update and Vaccine Information


Female-patient receiving a covid vaccine from a UTMC nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to pay for a vaccine?
At this time UTMC is not charging for vaccines.

Will UToledo students living on campus receive a vaccine?
Vaccines will be made available to students as they qualify under the Ohio Department of Health's phased approach to vaccination. Students who reside in Lucas County, Ohio may pre-register with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to be notified when they are eligible to schedule a vaccine.

I am a healthcare professional or learner caring for potentially infectious patients, but I did not receive a vaccine yet. How do I sign up?
All healthcare professionals and learners in health professions programs should pre-register with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to be notified when Lucas County vaccine providers are have clinics available for healthcare providers.

When will University employees have access to a vaccine?
University employees interested in receiving the vaccine should pre-register with the health department to ensure they are notified when they are eligible to schedule a vaccine.

I have pre-registered for a vaccine with the health department. When can I schedule my vaccine appointment?
If you have pre-registered for a vaccine with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department you will be notified by the health department when you are eligible to schedule your appointment. The health department and UTMC are following Phase 1B timing under the State of Ohio’s phased approach to vaccination. The University of Toledo Medical Center is not able schedule appointments directly.

How do I schedule or re-schedule my second dose?
UTMC employees who scheduled their first and second dose in Phase 1A can log in to the system using the link provided in the original invitation email to change the time of their second dose appointment. The scheduled date of the second dose appointment cannot be changed.

University employees and members of the greater Toledo community who schedule their appointments using the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s registration system and receive their vaccine at UTMC will be scheduled for their second dose during the appointment for their first dose.

If I receive my first vaccine dose at UTMC can I receive the second dose from another provider?
At this time, all vaccine recipients will receive both vaccine doses at the same provider.

What if I have a reaction after receiving the vaccine?
You will be monitored for 15 minutes following the vaccine and will receive a fact sheet with contact information from the CDC upon discharge. The CDC also has rolled out V-safe, a web and smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

If I receive a vaccine does that mean I no longer have to wear a mask?

Face masks covering the nose and mouth continue to be required in all UToledo and UTMC facilities. This is the best method of preventing the spread of the virus until a vaccine is available to everyone.

I have previously tested positive for COVID-19. Should I still get the vaccine?
Researchers don’t yet know how long natural immunity to COVID-19 lasts. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and because it is possible to become re-infected, people who have had COVID-19 may still benefit from the vaccine.

Is the vaccine mandatory for University employees and students?
All stakeholders are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when eligible, but at this time it is not mandatory.

Which vaccine will UToledo offer? What are the differences?
Vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna have received emergency use authorization from the FDA following a review for safety and effectiveness. The University may receive and administer either or both vaccines in order to reach as many members of the community as possible. The University will only administer vaccines that have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use.

Both vaccines are two-course treatments. The Pfizer vaccine is repeated on day 21. The Moderna vaccine is repeated on day 28. The vaccine will not provide immunity if you do not receive both courses. 

Patients who receive the vaccine developed by one manufacturer will receive the second course of the vaccine from the same manufacturer.

How does the vaccine work?
The two COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by the FDA use a technology called messenger RNA. Unlike many other common vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t include any part of the virus itself. Instead, the messenger RNA delivers a blueprint that tells our cells how to make a specific protein to trigger an immune response against the virus that causes COVID-19.

If I am pregnant or recently had a baby can I get the vaccine?
Pregnant women were not included in the first round of clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines, so no safety data is currently available for these groups. The FDA also does not have safety data yet for breast-feeding mothers.

Is the vaccine given annually, like a flu shot? How long is it effective?
Both vaccines that have received emergency use authorization are approximately 95% effective at preventing COVID-19.

Scientists are continuing to collect data about long-term immunity to COVID-19 following vaccination and whether repeat vaccination may be necessary.


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Last Updated: 1/19/21