Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Update: April 19th, 2021

Source: President Peter Salovey

Yale is requiring all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students who plan to be on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of the fall 2021 semester. Additionally, we expect students who plan to study or work on campus this summer to be inoculated as soon as vaccinations are available to them.

More information and the full announcement can be found here.

Update: April 16th, 2021

Source: Dr. Christine Chen, Chief Student Health

In partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Public Health and Yale New Haven Health, the Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program will be receiving an ample supply of the Pfizer vaccine to operate vaccination clinics at the Lanman Center for all students. The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose series, with the second dose provided 21 days later.

To find out how you can schedule your appointment, check out the PHEPs' Student Vaccine Resources page.

Update: April 13th, 2021

Source: Dr. Paul Genecin, CEO Yale Health and Dr. Christine Chen, Chief Student Health

We are writing to provide you with information about today’s joint statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration, which called for a pause in administration of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson or J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and FDA took this action out of an abundance of caution because of the possible association of J&J vaccination with a rare blood clotting disorder.

More specifically, the CDC and FDA cited six cases of central nervous system blood clots associated with a low platelet count that have been reported in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who had received the J&J vaccine. These patients were diagnosed between 6 and 13 days after vaccination. To date, 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the US, so the frequency of this clotting disorder has been less than one case per million individuals vaccinated. No such cases have been reported in Connecticut.

The CDC and FDA are investigating these cases to determine whether there is a significant relationship between vaccination and the occurrence of this rare condition and whether vaccination with the J&J vaccine may resume. We will monitor for updates and keep you apprised. In the meantime, the key takeaway points are:

  1. All upcoming J&J vaccinations have been paused. If you are currently scheduled to receive a J&J vaccine, we encourage you to check with your vaccination site to see if it is possible for the site to provide you with either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Alternatively, you may choose to look for an appointment at another site. Do not hesitate to call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604) or the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line (877-918-2224).
  2. If you have already received with J&J vaccine within the past three weeks, contact your health care provider or seek emergency medical assistance if you develop any of the following symptoms starting a week after vaccination: severe headache, confusion, dizziness, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech, numbness or weakness in the face/arm/leg, trouble seeing, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, shortness of breath,  abdominal pain, leg swelling. Be sure to mention that you received the J&J vaccine.
  3. If you have already received with J&J vaccine within four or more weeks out from receiving a J&J vaccination, you can be reassured getting this clotting condition is exceedingly unlikely.
  4. It is important to note that the symptoms of central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in the cases that have thus far been reported did not occur immediately after vaccination, and therefore should not be confused with the mild flu-like symptoms that commonly occur in the first day or two after vaccination.

Update: April 5th

Source:  Jane Edwards, Dean of CIPE

Quoted: Summer 2021 Travel Policy Update

"I must emphasize that a return to the Travel Policy does not mean that your desired travel plans will be permitted. Under the Travel Policy, much of the world remains restricted for University-sponsored travel at this time, and while we strongly encourage vaccination, proof of vaccination does not override the Travel Policy."

Update: April 1st, 2021

Source: Dean Marvin Chun

Quoted: The weeks ahead (Shortened email)

"Finally, a note about vaccinations, since many of you become eligible for them today. I hope you are having success making an appointment; Dr. Christine Chen’s message to students offers useful instructions, and the Campus COVID Resource Line is also available to help you at 203-432-6604. If you cannot secure an appointment today, or if the appointment is far away, please keep checking back at the local sites. Yale-New Haven Health, in particular, is continuing to open up new appointments near campus. I appreciate everything you are doing to limit viral spread at a time when infection rates are still very high in New Haven, both on campus and off."

Update: March 31st, 2021

Source: Stephanie Spangler, University COVID-19 Coordinator

Connecticut residents age 16 and older become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 1.

How do I find and schedule a vaccination appointment?

  • The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program (the Yale Program) sends invitations for the Lanman Center vaccination clinic to eligible Yale students, employees, and Yale Health members. Please know that receiving an invitation does not guarantee that you will be able to schedule an appointment immediately but makes it possible for you to schedule your vaccination when the Yale Program receives enough vaccine to open appointment slots. The Yale Program website contains information about current availability of appointments at the Lanman Center as well as the Program’s vaccine standby process.
  • The State of Connecticut’s zip-code-based scheduling portal provides appointment scheduling and availability information for clinics, health systems, and pharmacies throughout Connecticut: Some of the vaccination sites you will find through this portal offer direct scheduling while others require registration through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Some vaccination sites require you to provide information commonly found on your insurance card in order to schedule an appointment—so have your card ready. If you are a Yale Health member, you may download or print a version of your Yale Health insurance card, which contains the required information.

Update: March 30th, 2021

Source: Dr. Christine Chen

FOR ALL STUDENTS: The state of Connecticut will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals 16 to 44 years old on April 1, 2021.

You will receive an email through MyChart to schedule your vaccination at the Lanman Center. As Dr. Stephanie Spangler has indicated in her weekly emails, Yale’s supply is extremely limited. Please know that receiving an invitation does not guarantee that you will be able to schedule an appointment immediately. It is very likely that you will get your vaccinations more quickly if you schedule at another site in Connecticut or your home state. I strongly encourage you to check for appointment availability not only through the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program, but also through other vaccination sites near you.

For the full message with more vaccination logistics and details, please visit:

Source: President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel

Quoted: Plans for the Fall 2021 Semester (Shortened, link to full message:  https://president.yale.edu/president/statements/fall-2021-semester)

"At the time of writing, over 30 percent of Connecticut residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine. This number is likely to reach at least 70 percent over the summer, and widespread vaccination will greatly reduce risk to students, staff, faculty, and community members. We remain focused on the public's health and will adjust our plans as needed.

Our health and safety guidelines for the coming semester will be responsive to COVID-19 infection rates and the status of vaccination programs. We likely will continue to require some preventive measures such as mask wearing and asymptomatic testing, and we will have vaccination clinics as needed. Dr. Stephanie Spangler, the university COVID-19 coordinator, will communicate with you through the summer about what will be necessary in the fall, and the health guidelines website will be updated regularly."

Update: March 26th, 2021

Source: Stephanie Spangler, University COVID-19 Coordinator

Governor Lamont announced a further acceleration in the state’s schedule to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to residents of Connecticut. More specifically, all adults in Connecticut over the age of 16 will now be eligible to schedule an appointment for vaccination beginning on April 1, 2021, rather than on April 5, 2021 as was previously planned.

If an on-campus gathering is reported, the process below will be followed depending on the situation:

Update: March 19th, 2021

Source: Stephanie Spangler, University COVID-19 Coordinator

Governor Lamont has announced that the state plans to accelerate the vaccination eligibility timeline for Connecticut residents. In addition to the currently eligible groups (healthcare personnel, medical first responders, pre-K-12th grade educators and childcare providers, and individuals 55 and older), individuals from 45 to 54 years old will become eligible today, and it is anticipated that all individuals 16 years of age and older will be eligible as of April 5.

Update: March 16th, 2021

Source:  Stephanie Spangler, University COVID-19 Coordinator

Connecticut will continue to expand vaccination eligibility on the basis of age but with an accelerated timeline:

  • March 19, 2021: Scheduling opens to all individuals age 45 to 54;
  • April 5, 2021 (tentative): Scheduling opens to all individuals age 16 to 44;
  • Scheduling remains open to all previously eligible individuals.

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Update: March 12th, 2021

Source: Stephanie Spangler, University COVID-19 Coordinator

CDC Guidance for those who are fully vaccinated:

  • Allowing for small indoor gatherings without masks or physical distancing in certain circumstances
  • Continuing to wear masks and practice distancing in public and with those at high risk
  • Continuing to follow Yale COVID-19-related policies, which remain unchanged
  • Options for scheduling a vaccine
  • Celebrating 250,000 COVID screening tests

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