H1N1 flu vaccine clinic open to all employees and students
Posted January 4, 2010; 04:38 p.m.
University Health Services will hold a H1N1 flu vaccine clinic on Friday, Jan. 8, in Multipurpose Rooms A and B of the Frist Campus Center for all faculty, staff, students and dependents age 10 and older. This is the first H1N1 vaccine clinic open to all members of the campus community.
The vaccine clinic will open at 10 a.m. and will remain open until all available doses have been given or until 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary, and vaccines will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Dependents eligible for vaccination are spouses, domestic partners and children of students and employees.
In addition to the injectible form of the vaccine, the University will have a limited supply of the nasal spray vaccine available at the Jan. 8 clinic.
In order to be vaccinated, individuals must bring their University ID card and their insurance card to the clinic. Individuals who are not covered by a University employee or student insurance plan also must bring cash or a check to cover a $15 administrative fee.
The federal government is providing doses of the H1N1 vaccine free of cost; however, there are administrative costs associated with distributing the vaccine. Individuals who have the following University health insurance plans are covered for the vaccine and may receive the H1N1 vaccine at no cost: the University's Student Health Plan, Aetna insurance plans and United Healthcare insurance plans.
Individuals who are not covered by one of these insurance plans may be charged the $15 fee to cover the administrative costs of distributing the vaccine, depending on their insurance. Students and employees who are not covered by a University insurance plan may submit a receipt to private insurance companies for reimbursement, and financial assistance is available for students who are unable to pay the fee.
Due to a recent increase in vaccine supplies, state health officials announced in late December that providers in New Jersey may open H1N1 flu vaccine clinics to everyone, lifting the restrictions that had previously limited the vaccine to persons considered at high risk.
A small quantity of vaccine doses first became available to the University in late October, and UHS previously held H1N1 vaccine clinics on Nov. 4, 10, 16, 24 and Dec. 3, 2009, for eligible students, employees and dependents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's health priority guidelines. In order to be eligible to receive the vaccine from the state, providers had to agree to distribute vaccinations according to the CDC's prioritization guidelines.
Following the Jan. 8 clinic, the University must await more information from the state about when further vaccine shipments may be distributed in order to determine when additional vaccine clinics may be scheduled.
For more information, visit the University's H1N1 web page.