Update: April 9, 2021
Letter to students from Dean of Students Allen W. Groves
Starting next week, you will be able to schedule a local appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through coordination with UVA Health. Beginning on Monday, April 12, students will receive personal invitations with a link to make their appointment. These links are personalized and cannot be shared with others.
The vaccine will be given at the COVID Community Vaccination Center in the Seminole Square Shopping Center, 393 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville.
Please note: This invitation is only for first doses of vaccine. If you have received an initial dose of vaccine at another location, you must return to the same location for your second dose.
Students must set an appointment in advance to attend the clinic. No walk-ins will be accepted.
You will be able to self-schedule an appointment by going to the link provided and selecting from the list of available days and times. If you have your own transportation, you may make an appointment for any of the times offered.
Students without transportation – first-year students in particular – should select an appointment time during the weekend of April 17 and 18, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. By choosing a slot in this window you have plenty of time to catch a UTS shuttle, which will provide transportation from the Grounds to the vaccination site and back.
On April 17 and 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., UTS buses will pick up and return riders at the East Gate to Scott Stadium on Whitehead Road. The destination sign on the buses will say “Special.”
Students should arrive at the bus stop 30 minutes before their appointment. Only 20 passengers are permitted per bus. Multiple buses will be running at regular intervals, approximately every 5-10 minutes. To facilitate physical distancing at the bus stop, please do not arrive too far in advance.
Type of Vaccine
We are expecting the clinic to offer the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. You will not be given an option. As you probably know, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “one and done.” If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will need to return for the second shot at the same location. You will be given the second appointment day and time prior to leaving the vaccination site.
What to Bring
- Your UVA ID.
After Your Appointment
You will receive a vaccine card that you can use for proof of vaccination if needed for travel or other purposes.
Remember that vaccinated students are exempt from prevalence testing starting 14 days after their final dose. Please continue testing until that date.
A record of your vaccine(s) from this site will be transmitted automatically into the Healthy Hoos portal. Students who are vaccinated elsewhere should upload their vaccine records themselves to Healthy Hoos.
Please watch your email for the personal invitation coming to you on Monday and take advantage of this special opportunity to protect yourself and others. You can find up-to-date information at https://coronavirus.virginia.edu/vaccinations.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students
Update: April 1, 2021
The Virginia Department of Health and the Blue Ridge Health District have announced that those in Priority Group 1C, which includes higher education employees (faculty, staff, student workers, UVA-affiliated contractors, and employees of University Associated Organizations), are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.
UVA Health has been authorized to begin scheduling vaccine appointments for University employees and will begin sending invitations next week.
PLEASE NOTE: Eligible employees will receive an email with a button to click to schedule their vaccination appointment. The invitations are unique to each individual and should not be shared with others. If you cannot immediately find an appointment that is convenient, you can check back later at the same link.
Vaccinations will be provided at the COVID Community Vaccination Center at Seminole Square, 393 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville.
The speed at which we can schedule and vaccinate University employees will depend on the number of doses the Virginia Department of Health allocates to UVA Health each week.
Those who have already registered for vaccinations through the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) or Vaccinate Virginia website may receive invitations from both the BRHD and UVA Health. You are welcome to take advantage of either option to be vaccinated at the first available opportunity.
The Virginia Department of Health may determine that the student population should follow soon, and we will communicate those details when they are available.
After vaccination, all UVA faculty, staff and team members should continue to follow current UVA coronavirus guidelines, as well as public health protocols, until otherwise communicated. This includes wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, practicing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings, especially indoors.
The Virginia Department of Health is charged with managing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the Commonwealth. VDH’s determinations about eligibility for vaccines follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and recommendations from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Under those guidelines, groups at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering serious cases of it have been given top priority. VDH has announced its prioritization for vaccine distribution, identifying three priority groups, denoted as 1A, 1B, and 1C. Its full guidance can be found on the VDH website.
The Blue Ridge Health District, the local office of VDH, is leading this effort for Central Virginia with the assistance of UVA Health.
Faculty & Staff: Most faculty and staff from higher education institutions will be part of group 1C.
Students: Other than students who work in a health care setting as trainees, it is not yet known what phase will include the general student population.
You can learn more about the local vaccination program, who is included in the various phases, and complete a survey to be placed on the vaccine list if you are currently eligible on the BRHD website.
Details on the timing of the rollout of future phases will be shared by BRHD as they become available. BRHD is making all decisions on prioritization for vaccine distribution. UVA will administer doses as directed by BRHD and the University is not making determinations on who may get vaccinated.
Even after vaccination, members of the community are encouraged to continue following public health protocols: wear a mask, wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors.
Please do not schedule a vaccine appointment unless you have received an email directly from BRHD or UVA that it is your time to schedule an appointment. You will be turned away from the vaccine clinic if you are not eligible for a vaccine during this phase.
Questions on vaccine distribution should be directed to BRHD:
- COVID hotline (434-972-6261, open M-F, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
- Email - BRhealthdistrict@gmail.com
- Visit - https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/blue-ridge/covid-19-vaccination/
The BRHD provides health services for residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. If you live outside the district’s boundaries, please contact your local health district for more information.