This message was sent to all students, faculty, and staff April 27, 2021.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
We are pleased to share information about vaccination clinics for our community: one at Worcester State University on April 29 and two at WPI on May 3 & 4.
All WPI students, faculty, and staff are eligible and urged to take get vaccinated as soon as possible.
What You Need to Know Right Now
- Thursday, April 29 Worcester State University clinic (Johnson & Johnson vaccine)—sign up using this link.
- Monday, May 3 & Tuesday, May 4 PelMeds clinic at WPI (Pfizer vaccine)—sign up using this link.
Important Note: To help the university plan for the fall, WPI is seeking to understand what percentage of our community has been immunized. Once you have been fully vaccinated, please upload your documentation as soon as possible to Medicat (for students at this link) or Workday (for employees, following these instructions).
April 29 Worcester State University (Johnson & Johnson Vaccine)
Through our partnership with HECCMA, there are 1,000 appointments available at Worcester State University on Thursday, April 29 for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Sign up for the WSU clinic using this link. Appointments on other days at WSU are available at this link.
- Please remember to bring your photo ID to the clinic.
- Questions about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Check out the CDC and FDA’s resources, or talk to your healthcare provider.
May 3 & 4 PelMeds Clinic at WPI (Pfizer Vaccine)
WPI is collaborating with PelMeds, a pharmacy partner, to offer 1,500 appointments at WPI in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum on Monday, May 3 & Tuesday, May 4 for the Pfizer vaccine. Second dose clinics will be held on Monday, May 24 & Tuesday, May 25.
- Sign up for the PelMeds clinic at WPI using this link.
- You will need to have an electronic image of your insurance card (front and back) when you sign up.
- You will need to create a password – only numbers are acceptable for a password.
- You will receive two confirmation emails: one to confirm your appointment, and one with your log in information if you need to reschedule or change your appointment.
- Please remember to bring your WPI ID to the clinic.
- Questions about the Pfizer vaccine? Check out the CDC and FDA’s resources, or talk to your healthcare provider.
- Please note this clinic is for WPI community members who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine. If you have already received your first dose elsewhere, please get your second shot where you received your first.
For students: We recognize the date of the second dose clinic (May 24 & 25) is after the end of the term/semester, but please note:
- If you live within driving distance, you can return to WPI for your second dose appointment on May 24 or 25.
- If returning to campus is inconvenient, you can sign up for your second Pfizer dose at a vaccination site closer to your home.
- If you are getting your second Pfizer dose elsewhere, it should ideally be administered three to four weeks after the first; it can also be administered up to six weeks after the first, but please do not delay.
- It is of vital importance to keep your vaccination card and bring it to your second appointment, whether that is at WPI or elsewhere.
After Vaccination, No Matter Where or When:
- Please upload your vaccine documentation as soon as possible:
- It is common to feel unwell for one to two days after receiving a vaccine. Common side effects include fatigue, fever, headaches, body aches. If you feel unwell, STAY HOME; DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS (or leave your room if you are on campus) and fill out the symptom tracker. Note: Respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste are not side effects of the vaccine. Call your healthcare provider or Health Services and consider getting tested for COVID-19.
- Remember, you will not achieve full immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine until 14 days after your second dose. No vaccine is 100% effective. Even after you are fully vaccinated, you should adhere to all WPI policies and procedures to limit the spread of COVID-.
- WPI’s COVID testing requirements remain unchanged, even for fully vaccinated individuals.
We are thrilled to help our community access COVID-19 vaccination clinics in our area. Vaccination is an important step in protecting our community and preparing our campus for a healthy return in the fall. In order for WPI to return to in-person learning, teaching, and working in fall of 2021, current modeling indicates that we will need approximately 90% of our community to be vaccinated. So please, everyone who can get a COVID-19 vaccination, do so as soon as you can.
We will update the community as soon as possible if we are able to offer additional vaccination clinic dates.
The Vaccine Working Group