The University is launching four student vaccination clinics that have the capacity to vaccinate all students by May 19, the last day of the spring term.
In a Friday email to all students, Chief of Student Health Christine Chen announced that the state and Yale New Haven Health system had allocated a supply of Pfizer vaccines to the Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program. All students will be able to receive the vaccine at the Lanman Center and can schedule an appointment through MyChart. Connecticut residents 16 and older became eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine on April 1, but for two weeks Yale Health did not receive its own allocation from the state, and students turned to other pharmacies and providers to get their first doses.
“This week marks an important milestone for Connecticut, as more than 50% of Connecticut residents who are eligible for vaccination have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” University COVID-19 Coordinator Stephanie Spangler wrote in an email to the Yale community. “It is very encouraging to see such strong numbers.”
The first clinic will be held on April 21, and the subsequent three clinics will take place on April 23, 24 and 28. Each clinic has a corresponding one 21 days later for students to receive the second dose.
As of April 16, nearly 60 percent of students and more than 60 percent of faculty and staff had made vaccine appointments or received their first dose, according to Spangler.
The email urged students who had scheduled a vaccine appointment at a far-off location to consider canceling their slot and signing up at the Lanman Center. If students have already received a first dose elsewhere, they should get their second dose at the same site.
This spring, Yale’s Public Health Advisory Committee has been discussing the question of whether to mandate vaccines come fall, according to YNHH Medical Director for Infection Prevention Richard Martinello, Dean of the School of Public Health Sten Vermund and professor emeritus of emergency medicine Sandy Bogucki, all of whom are members of the committee.
Other universities, including Wesleyan University and Brown University, have made the decision to do so. But organizations cannot definitively mandate the vaccine under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, as the vaccine does not yet have full FDA approval. Wesleyan and Brown have navigated that reality by requiring students to receive a vaccine if they want to live on campus or attend in-person classes.
Spangler did not respond to a question about whether the University will require students to be vaccinated as a condition of enrolling in-residence in the fall. But Chen’s email noted that students should submit their vaccination records to the University via MyChart once they are fully vaccinated “for COVID-19 monitoring across the Yale community.”
Students should bring their Yale ID to the Lanman Center.
Rose Horowitch | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Fernanda Pacheco | email@example.com