On-campus vaccine clinic to open for USI community

March 29, 2021

On-campus vaccine clinic to open for USI community

Priority given to students and registration required

The University recently learned that the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is providing universities across the state with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate students, faculty and staff. Priority will be given to students in the beginning in order to accommodate all who would like to receive the vaccine prior to returning home at the end of the Spring Semester. Vaccinations will be free, administered on campus and available to all, regardless of international status and in- or out-of-state primary residence. Registration will be required to receive a vaccination, and all are encouraged to sign up as early as possible once registration opens. This clinic will not be available to the general public and a USI ID will be required at the time of vaccination. 

“We are so grateful to the Indiana State Department of Health for providing our community with the Pfizer vaccine,” said Ronald Rochon, USI President. “Safety remains our primary goal and our highest priority is for our students, including international students, to receive both doses of this vaccine prior to the end of the semester on May 7. But we also want all of our employees to be vaccinated. The sooner our campus is vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to being together and to a sense of normalcy. I want to thank all of you for your resilience this past year and for continuing to do what we have to do in order to move forward. I also want to give a special thanks to all members of the Presidential Task Force who have tirelessly undertaken this important work daily behind the scenes.”

In order to vaccinate as many as possible in a short amount of time, the University is creating a vaccination site within the Screaming Eagles Arena and will utilize resources from across the campus, including the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Once a vaccine is administered, the participant will be scheduled for a second dose after 21 days. The goal is to have all vaccinations completed prior to finals dependent on availability.

The University hopes to receive its doses as early as the week of April 5 and begin administering those vaccines immediately. However, the timeline will be contingent on when the ISDH is able to deliver the vaccines to the USI campus. While priority will be given to students early on, all are invited to participate. Faculty and staff will be able to sign up for a waiting list to receive unused doses of the vaccine each day. Once all students who wish to have received the vaccine, and if doses remain, faculty and staff will be invited to schedule vaccinations. In the meantime, the University highly recommends that anyone eligible continue to make vaccination appointments through other local distribution sites. More information is available on the COVID-19 Vaccination website.

Please watch your email, the USI website, myUSI, and social media for upcoming information about registration and scheduling of vaccinations.