This message has been approved by Kyle Clark, Vice President for Finance & Administration.
Florida State University is pleased to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination to Florida State University faculty, staff, and extended members of the FSU family. Per the Governor’s latest communications, we may now vaccinate individuals that fit into the following categories:
- Individuals 60 years of age or older
- Sworn Police Officers who are 50 years of age or older
- K-12 School Employees
- Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
- Individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) definition of “extremely vulnerable”
The next vaccine clinic for the above categories will be held on Wednesday, March 17th. Individuals who meet the criteria are encouraged to visit https://vaccine.fsu.edu to complete the registration process. To be given priority for next week’s clinic, please complete your registration immediately.
Individuals in the medically vulnerable category will need to provide certification from their physician (MD) attesting to their eligibility. A copy of the required form may be found by visiting the Florida Department of Health website. Please note, this new state-required form replaces the previously accepted FSU Medically Vulnerable Verification form. If you submitted a form for the prior vaccine clinic, but never scheduled an appointment, including those originally not approved, you should complete the new form. The new form should be signed by the physician and submitted through the Vulnerable Pre-Registration Process at https://vaccine.fsu.edu. You must also bring a copy of the verification form to your vaccination appointment if approved.
The vaccine will be distributed within Florida Department of Health guidelines. Individuals are encouraged to speak with their primary care provider to discuss any questions before electing to be vaccinated. If you have any of the following conditions, please consider consulting with your current medical provider if you need guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for your specific situation:
- Compromised immune system (such as cancer or if you take certain immunosuppressive medications)
Some pre-existing medical conditions may exclude you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC and public health professionals, there are times when you should defer vaccination for COVID-19:
- If you have been given any other vaccine two weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You should also not have any other vaccine until more than two weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- History of severe COVID-19 illness and you were treated with COVID-19 antibodies within the past three months.
- Currently, have a moderate or severe illness.
- Recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet recovered and been cleared from isolation.
- Under quarantine as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- If you have a history of allergic reactions, you may still receive the COVID-19 vaccine as long as the allergy was not to a vaccine component. Clinical staff will monitor you after the vaccination for your safety.
Individuals who have the opportunity and would like to vaccinate outside the University are still encouraged to do so. Please remember to wear short sleeve clothing that can easily expose your arm on the day of your vaccination. You must bring appropriate identification to show you are a sworn police officer or work at a K-12 school, and a photo ID.
For questions about COVID-19 vaccination, please contact HR-COVID19@fsu.edu.