1. Upcoming vaccination options for students

    April 7, 2021

    Dear Students:

    GREAT NEWS!!!

    We are pleased to announce opportunities for you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine next week, and we strongly encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. Getting vaccinated will keep you healthy, help us all get back to the activities we love, and reduce our need for as many public health measures in time for the fall semester. Imagine a semester with the freedom to hold in-person meetings or events, or even attend games in the Big House.

    A total of 7,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine will be available to our students at no cost to you through two new sources. Vaccination is completely free. We sought out supply of this vaccine because it’s the best option for many of you as the semester winds down, as only one shot is needed. One and done. Other vaccines require a second dose in 3 or 4 weeks.

    The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is highly effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19. There is also accumulating evidence that vaccination prevents infection and transmission of COVID-19 to others. It has already been administered to nearly 4 million people and is very safe. This vaccine is only authorized for those 18 years old and above. All shots will be given by appointment only, and registration is required.

    You should get vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19 diagnosed in the past unless you’re within 10 days of having had active COVID-19.

    Full details about how to sign up now for a vaccine are on our Campus Maize and Blueprint vaccine page.

    We know that it is both confusing and a hassle to have to check multiple places to try to get a vaccine appointment, but our goal is to help as many of you get shots in your arms as possible before the semester ends. While you can register at multiple places, please do not make appointments at more than one place. If for any reason you cannot attend your appointment, please cancel your appointment so a fellow Wolverine can get vaccinated.

    Vaccination clinics run by Michigan Medicine on our campuses

    The University of Michigan has been working with the state of Michigan to receive 5,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine for U-M students.

    We’ll administer shots to students at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and in pop-up clinics at UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint. These will take place next week. The state has promised us additional vaccine in the coming weeks if they receive adequate supply from the federal government.

    Invitations will be issued via our Blue Queue system. If you’re among the thousands of U-M students who have already completed the full registration process and expressed interest in getting a vaccine, you’re already eligible to be invited. Please check your MyUofMHealth.org account for more information and watch your email for an invitation from donotreply@med.umich.edu. We’ll send invitations in waves to randomly selected students beginning as early as tomorrow until all spots are full.

    If you have not yet completed the Blue Queue questionnaire or would like to update your vaccination interest, please visit here.

    Meijer Pharmacy

    U-M also has partnered with Meijer, which will provide 2,000 total doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine on April 15 and 16 at the Meijer Pharmacy located at 3145 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Ann Arbor.

    Text GoBlue to 75049 or visit clinic.meijer.com/register/CL0064 to begin the Meijer registration process right away and schedule an appointment.

    Additional opportunities

    • We’re continuing to seek additional vaccine supply from different sources for students, faculty and staff. Please continue to check our vaccine page for updates. For instance, we worked with Kroger to administer 1,000 doses to students earlier this week from the chain’s supply of the Pfizer vaccine.
    • We encourage all students to seek vaccination appointments from all sources. Michigan Medicine has posted tools to help find vaccines in your area. University Human Resources has created a COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and availability page with resources to help everyone get an appointment through a clinic, pharmacy, health department or Michigan Medicine. The Campus Maize and Blueprint’s vaccine site has information, as well. Washtenaw County is opening appointments based on the new eligibility guidelines.

    Thank you for your commitment to the health of our community. We know that this is a very busy time for our students, and we appreciate your willingness to seize this opportunity to be vaccinated and help us all enjoy more gatherings and in-person activities in the months ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Mark. S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.
    President

    Robert D. Ernst, M.D. 
    Associate Vice President of Student Life for Health and Wellness
    Executive Director of University Health Service

    Preeti Malani, M.D.
    Chief Health Officer
    Professor of Medicine