A Message To Students

April 16, 2021

Dear Students,
This past year has not been an easy one. Through it all, we’ve been so impressed by your perseverance and dedication to keeping the University and surrounding communities healthy and safe.

We write today to announce that, beginning Monday, April 19, all students will be eligible to be vaccinated at the Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. Please carefully read the instructions below to schedule your vaccine appointment.  
Only students who will be able to return for their second dose should schedule a vaccine appointment. Students who can wait to receive the vaccine should also let others who may not have the same flexibility get vaccinated sooner. For example, if you have a lease that does not expire until May 31, consider waiting to sign up and allowing others who might not have the same flexibility and availability — such as international students, graduating seniors, or those in on-campus housing — to get it sooner.

Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment
Vaccines will be provided by appointment only, and the vaccine schedule will open each Friday of the previous week. Each week’s schedule will depend on the vaccine allotment provided to us by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). Appointments will also be added throughout the week as our supply increases.

Scheduling your vaccine appointment is easy and uses the same platform as scheduling your COVID-19 screening test.

  1. Visit the Penn Cares COVID-19 webpage and click “Schedule Test or Vaccination.”  
  2. Enter your Penn Key to log into the scheduling system.
  3. Choose “Schedule a Vaccine,” read through the vaccine information and agree to the “Consent to Vaccinate.”
  4. Choose “Participant” and then, under the “Quick Links” section, choose “Schedule COVID-19 Appointment.”
  5. On the scheduling page, choose “COVID Appointment (15 minute).” For date range, hit the “select” button to open the calendar for that week. Be sure to select the “Gimbel Pottruck (Vaccine Clinic)” location before proceeding.  
  6. Once you select the preferred day, vaccine appointment options will be shown on the right side of the screen. Select the desired vaccine appointment date/time and then click “Submit Request.”
  7. You will then receive a confirmation email when your appointment is submitted.
  8. Your second vaccine dose will be scheduled during your first dose appointment.  

For more information, view the Scheduling Tip Sheet.(PDF)

All vaccines will be provided at:
Gimbel Gymnasium
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street
*Hours of operation may change weekly based on vaccine availability.  
Vaccine Information
Penn will have access to the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The vaccines administered at the clinic will be selected by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on a weekly basis and will be determined based on vaccine supply. As a result, it is not possible to choose which vaccine you will receive. We will not be administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until it receives clearance from the CDC and FDA.  
Arriving for Your Appointment
Please wear short sleeves! When arriving, bring your current PennCard. If you do not have your PennCard, you will need your PennCard number and an alternate form of photo identification. Complete your daily symptom check on PennOpen Pass before leaving your residence. Vaccines will only be provided to those students who show their Green Pass upon arrival at the vaccination site. Remember to mask up and observe physical distance.
After Being Vaccinated
Even after you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final vaccine dose), you should continue to follow all public health guidance, including masking, distancing, washing hands, completing you daily PennOpen Pass, and taking part in regular screening testing. You should also continue to follow all rules and guidelines in place for Penn students.
If you have any questions about the Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, visit the Getting Vaccinated webpage or view these vaccine-related FAQs. You can also contact the COVID Resource Call Center at 215-573-7096 or email covidresource@upenn.edu.   
We are grateful to our entire student body as we work together to continue to resume our lives on campus in the months ahead.    

Beth A. Winkelstein, Deputy Provost  
Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer  
Mamta Motwani Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life  


Last Updated 04/16/2021 - 13:54