Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccines Available at DeWeese Health Center

Dear Kent State University Faculty and Staff,

We want to remind you that COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to all members of the Kent State community and their families at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. The vaccine is the single most effective way to protect our community and return to normal. We strongly encourage all to be vaccinated – this is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

University Health Services is offering vaccines Monday through Friday, at varying hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., depending on the availability of vaccines.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines currently are available. Recipients must select which brand they want to receive at the time they schedule their appointment. All brands may not be offered every day. Pfizer is the only brand approved for those younger than 18. The Moderna shot requires a second dose in 28 days, and the Pfizer vaccine a second shot in 21 days.

All university faculty and staff, and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents are eligible to receive a vaccine at DeWeese. 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, same-day appointments often are available.

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 may make an appointment at DeWeese.

The university, on Sept. 1, began the first phase of its vaccine requirement and strongly encourages everyone in 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.

Once vaccinated, employees are encouraged to register their vaccine status with Med+Proctor to be entered into university drawings for valuable incentives through Oct. 31.

It is more important than ever for us to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 virus is still very much with us, and the delta variant strain is spreading rapidly. Widespread vaccination is the best way to stop new infections and our best path back to normal. The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

Get a Flu Shot 

While you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine, don’t forget about your flu shot. Flu season is upon us, and you are now able to get a flu shot at the same time you get your COVID-19 vaccine. You will be offered a flu shot when you get your COVID vaccine – please take it! 

In addition, University Health Services will be hosting flu shot clinics every Thursday at DeWeese on the Kent Campus. More information on these clinics can be found here. Even if you are already vaccinated against COVID-19, don’t forget your flu shot!

The COVID-19 virus is still very much with us, and the flu season will bring about additional threats to our health. Now is the time to get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot so that we can finish the fall semester healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services

 

POSTED: Monday, October 18, 2021 - 8:11am
UPDATED: Monday, October 18, 2021 - 8:11am