A Message to the University Community: Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic
December 7, 2021
I am pleased to announce that the University will be holding a three-day COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic for all students, faculty, staff, and postdocs on December 15, 16, and 17, at the Gimbel Gymnasium in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Due to supply constraints, we will be offering Pfizer vaccine exclusively. You can schedule your appointment by visiting coronavirus.upenn.edu.
You can read more information below or visit the Penn Cares Getting Vaccinated page.
Schedule Your Booster
The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day, and appointments can be scheduled by visiting coronavirus.upenn.edu. As this event overlaps with final exams for many of our students, we encourage faculty and staff to schedule their appointments on either Wednesday or Thursday, leaving Friday appointments for students.
Bring your Vaccine Card
As a reminder, the CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 and older get a booster shot when it’s been at least six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To this effect, please be sure to bring your vaccine cards with you to your appointment.
Mixing and Matching
The CDC recommendation also allows for mixing of vaccine manufacturers for booster shots. Individuals who received two doses of Moderna at least six months ago and individuals who received a single dose of Johnson and Johnson at least 2 months ago are eligible for a Pfizer booster. The CDC issued Emergency Use Instructions (EUI) allowing Pfizer boosters for those who received a non-FDA recognized vaccine. Bottom line: the best booster shot is the one that is currently available to you.
Upload Your Booster Information
Although the University is not requiring booster vaccines at this time, students should ensure their booster vaccine (third dose) information is uploaded to their Student Health Portal, and faculty, staff, and postdocs should upload their information into Workday. (Pennkey required) Step-by-step instructions for uploading vaccine information into Workday can be found here: Self Service: Enter Vaccination Information.(PDF, Pennkey required)
As we monitor the impact of the Omicron variant and increases in positivity on campus, Quakers must continue to remain vigilant and follow all public health guidance to minimize any risk of transmission. Masking, vaccines and avoiding large indoor gathering remain our best tools to minimize transmission.
Together, we have the ability to make thoughtful choices as we head into the final weeks of the semester and into a much deserved winter break. The decisions we make today can help us avoid outcomes such as having to quarantine due to exposure, delaying or limiting travel during the break, and disrupting our end of semester academic activities.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Penn and our surrounding communities healthy and safe.
In good health,
Benoit Dubé, MD
Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer
University of Pennsylvania