COVID-19 Vaccines Available at DeWeese Health Center
Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,
University Health Services will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to all members of our university community beginning Friday, April 30.
University Health Services is offering vaccines on the Kent Campus at the DeWeese Health Center, Monday through Friday, at varying hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., depending on the availability of the vaccine.
The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are being offered. Recipients will have their choice of which vaccine they receive. Both brands require that the recipient be at least 18 years old. The Johnson & Johnson shot requires just one dose, while the Moderna shot requires a second dose in 28 days.
The federal government recently lifted the pause it had imposed on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. After additional research and study into the vaccine’s side effects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration determined the Johnson & Johnson shot’s potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.
All university students, faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents are eligible to receive a vaccine at DeWeese. The vaccines are at no cost to the recipients. Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine appointment. While walk-ins are not accepted, those who want a same-day appointment should be able to register for one.
Students, faculty and staff from the Regional Campuses and the College of Podiatric Medicine can be vaccinated by contacting their county health departments at their respective locales or by scheduling through the state’s vaccination portal. However, anyone from a Regional Campus or the College of Podiatric Medicine also may schedule an appointment at DeWeese.
It is more important than ever to get vaccinated to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to bring an end to the pandemic that has entered its second year. While Kent State is not requiring vaccines, the university is strongly encouraging all members of our community to Flash Your Arm and get vaccinated. Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine.
It is important to understand that several variant strains of COVID-19 are prominent in Northeast Ohio. As the virus mutates, the virus is shifting gears and is expected to disproportionately impact younger people. Widespread vaccination is the best way to stop the virus from mutating and spreading.
Vaccines are our best path back to normal, where face coverings and limits on gatherings are no longer necessary. However, as we have seen in our community, the COVID-19 virus is still very much with us. Now is the time for us to redouble our efforts to get vaccinated and follow the Flashes Safe Eight so that we can look forward to a fall semester with fewer restrictions and less threat to our health.
Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services