The employee vaccination process changed as of March 22.
Washington University School of Medicine has received state authorization to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. WashU Med is now distributing the vaccine to university faculty, staff, trainees and students, their spouses and their dependents age 16 or over, across the Danforth and Medical Campuses, according to state and federal government guidelines.
This process replaces the campus employee vaccination process previously managed by BJC. BJC has turned its focus toward vaccinating the public and anyone who meets criteria who has pre-registered through its site.
The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccination pause
WashU Med is pausing its J&J COVID-19 vaccine clinics in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration.
Who is eligible to receive a WashU Med vaccine
University faculty, staff, trainees and students, their spouses or domestic partners and their dependents age 16 or over, across the Danforth and Medical Campuses are eligible, according to the timing determined by state and federal governments.
Timing of eligibility
The state of Missouri is responsible for the overall plan for administering the vaccine and determining who gets the vaccine when. BJC HealthCare is a state-designated supplier and is working closely with the state to prioritize distribution within tiers and to operationalize the parts of the plan they have been delegated. Missouri has now opened up vaccination to all Missourians.
How to get your WashU vaccine
Faculty, staff, trainees and students with a valid WUSTL key can pre-register themselves, their spouses or domestic partners, and/or their dependents who are over the age of 16 for vaccination at sites managed by the university. If you have already received your first dose of vaccine elsewhere, you must obtain your second dose of vaccine at that same location.
Please pre-register so that the School of Medicine can order adequate supplies.
Employees will be notified of their eligibility to make a vaccination appointment through an email from Occupational Health (email@example.com). Invitations have been sent university-wide for those age 65+. If doses remain after these vaccinations, invitations will be sent to others who qualify based on eligibility guidelines, including those who are at increased risk. Appointment scheduling is contingent on vaccine availability.
All vaccinations are by appointment only.
The first round of WashU Med vaccinations, to be administered on the Medical Campus, will be for:
- University employees with patient contact who have yet to be vaccinated
- University employees age 65+ from the Medical Campus and Danforth Campus who have yet to be vaccinated
If you have had COVID-19
Employees who have recovered from COVID-19 should still be vaccinated. Please keep in mind:
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you should wait to be vaccinated until you are outside of the isolation period and have recovered, so as not to expose anyone else while you might still be contagious.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are considered highly unlikely to be reinfected for at least 90 days and can choose to safely delay vaccination.
Vaccination clinic volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to staff the rescheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, April 16, from 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Institute of Health.
Clinical and non-clinical volunteers are needed at multiple sites in Missouri and Illinois. Volunteers working outside regular hours will be paid.
Other vaccine sources
Even as the WashU Med vaccination process moves forward, we encourage university faculty, staff and students to pre-register with BJC HealthCare, other health systems and through your local municipalities. These vaccinators will notify you when you become eligible and vaccine is available. If you are invited to get vaccinated through one of these sources, please take the first available appointment. We are also investigating options for vaccinating family members but do not have the ability to do so at this time.
Who is already vaccinated
As part of Phase 1A of the state plan, personnel at the School of Medicine and essential health-care workers on the Danforth Campus began receiving the vaccine last December. Others in the university community who may have received the vaccine likely were able to do so because they qualified as individuals according to the state criteria for Phase 1B, which includes first responders, emergency services workers and high-risk individuals.