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Boosters

Booster shots are critical: Vaccines are — without question — the best defense against serious illness or hospitalization. And boosters have proven particularly effective against Omicron. Get your booster shot if you haven’t. It’s essential. You can learn more here.

To bolster that effort, we have initiated two booster shot incentive programs:

Student Booster Incentive Program

Employee Booster Incentive Program

 

Vaccines for Children

Quick Facts

  • The Pfizer COVID vaccine is safe and effective in 5- to 11-year-olds
  • The COVID vaccine prevents COVID infections, serious illness and hospitalizations
  • Ages 5-11 get 1/3  the dose (10 micrograms) compared to the Pfizer adult dose (30 micrograms)
  • Side effects in the clinical trial were mild, including soreness/redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue and fever, resolving in a couple of days.
  • Children have a lower risk of becoming infected, however can get very sick from COVID or spread it to others.
  • No cases of myocarditis were detected in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine trial in 5- to 11-year-olds
  • No evidence that COVID vaccines cause fertility or puberty problems.
  • COVID vaccines are provided at no charge.

Questions or Concerns

Public website: UKVaccine.org

Email: pedscovid19vaccinations@uky.edu

Phone: 859-218-6221

Resources

Booster Incentive Programs

Employee Incentives

We're excited to offer employees who have received their booster a chance to win one of several cash prizes through our employee booster incentive program.

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Student Incentives

Students can enter the Cats Get Vaxed COVID-19 booster incentive drawing for a chance to be awarded an educational scholarship. 

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Hours and Locations

 Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy (Pfizer Only)

740 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Turfland Retail Pharmacy (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)

2195 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

University Health Pharmacy (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson every day; Moderna on Fridays only)

830 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2317 Alumni Park Plaza, Lexington, KY 40517 (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna)

INDOORS ONLY

  • Tuesday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon

Blue Box Theater, Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)

160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Vaccines at UK

How do I get a vaccine?

Request your vaccine here. Vaccination is open to anyone age five and over. Those under 18 must be accompanied to the appointment by a parent or legal guardian.

After you request a vaccination:

  • The invitation will be sent to the email address you provide on this form.
  • Look for an email from UK HEALTHCARE VACCINATIONS.
  • Once you receive the invitation, please respond as quickly as possible. You will get an access code that allows you to schedule your appointment. This code is FOR YOUR USE ONLY. Vaccines are plentiful: Anyone who would like a vaccination should sign up to get a code of their own.
  • Your information will be reported to the state for the Kentucky Immunization Registry but will not be used for any other purposes.

 

Where can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UK?

 Please click here to view a list of vaccination locations and hours. 

Where do adolescents receive their vaccinations?

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to anyone age five and over at UK HealthCare vaccination locations operated by UK Pharmacy Services. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Click here to request a vaccination for your child and learn more about our pediatric vaccination clinic. 

Will I have the option to choose which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

Yes. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available at the Gatton Student Center. Simply tell the person at the registration desk if you have a vaccine preference and you will be directed that way. If you are visiting one of the other vaccination sites, the vaccines available are noted in the schedule. Select the one you prefer.

What should I do if I am an employee or student if I have already received a COVID vaccine?

If you are a UK student or employee and have already received a COVID-19 vaccine from a provider who is outside of the University of Kentucky system, please use the UK Health Corps self-report tool to submit your vaccination documentation. That self-report tool can be accessed at https://hcselfreport.uky.edu.

If you have already received a COVID vaccine through a University of Kentucky location, you do not need to take any additional steps to share your vaccination documentation.

Where can I find vaccine information relative to UK HealthCare employees?

UK HealthCare providers and staff can find COVID-19 vaccine information here.

Will it cost me anything to receive the vaccine?

No, the vaccine will be provided at no cost to you. Additional information is here

Will UK Human Resources share my personal health history with COVID vaccination teams?

No. UK Human Resources will not share an individual’s personal health history with any COVID vaccination teams. 

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

You are required to wear a mask to your appointment. You must also bring a form of identification.

If you are coming for a second or third shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you should also bring your CDC vaccination card or other proof of vaccination. If you do not have proof of vaccination, the Kentucky Immunization Registry can help.

How do I schedule my booster shot?

You should request your booster shot below any time after receiving your first dose. A few days before your booster is due, you will receive a link to schedule.

Schedule your booster

I've heard some concerning things about the vaccine. What research is there to support its effectiveness?

Click here to learn more facts about COVID-19 and the vaccine. For additional information, you can visit the CDC, FDA and WHO websites. 

Vaccine FAQs

How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

As is the case with other illnesses such as influenza, the COVID-19 vaccination will help your body create antibodies to prevent contracting severe COVID-19 disease. Even if you do become infected, chances are that you will not experience symptoms, or they will be mild.

For more information about how the vaccines work, visit the CDC website.

Is it possible to contract COVID-19 from the vaccines being produced? 

No. None of the vaccines currently in development use a live virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information. 

After vaccination, how long does it take for the vaccine to be fully effective?

About 14 days after the second dose.

What should I do if I am allergic to the vaccine or something in the vaccine, or if I had an allergic reaction to the first dose?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you not get the second dose. 

As an example, an allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital.

If you had a non-severe allergic reaction within four hours after getting vaccinated (known as immediate allergic reactions), such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress), you should nor receive the second dose of any of the currently available mRNA vaccines. Talk to your doctor; he or she may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology.

If you are unsure whether your reaction was considered serious, or if you have any concerns about the side effects you experienced, talk to your doctor before receiving the second dose.

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to foods, environmental allergens or other factors not included in the vaccine ingredients, you SHOULD be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions.

How can I get a replacement vaccine card?

For any vaccinations administered in Kentucky, simply complete this form, and fax it to the state immunization registry for a copy of your records. Their fax number is 502-564-4760.

Should I still get the vaccine if...

I'm pregnant or nursing?

Please discuss vaccination with your health care provider. For more information, you can go to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine statement on SARS-CoV-2 vaccination or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement on vaccinating pregnant and lactating patients against COVID-19. 

I've already had COVID-19?

Yes. There is not enough evidence to indicate how long your existing antibodies would be protective. The recommendation is to get the vaccine due to evidence that COVID reinfection is possible. 

I currently have COVID-19?

It’s best to wait to be inoculated until you’ve recovered from your illness and have met all the criteria to end self-isolation to avoid spreading the infection to others. There is no recommended minimum interval to get vaccinated after you’ve recovered.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/interactive/2020/covid-vaccines-what-you-need-to-know/

I'm immunocompromised?

Please discuss vaccination with your provider. Every immunocompromised patient is different, and your particular circumstances should be taken into consideration when making that decision.

Questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees?

Other COVID-19-related questions?

Email
healthcorps@uky.edu
Phone
859-218-SAFE

Questions related to campus operations?

Vaccines in Kentucky

For more information on state progress regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the official webpage for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

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