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COVID-19 Vaccinations

Last Updated: Jan. 9, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health has designated Tulane University as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. This allows Tulane to receive vaccines directly from manufacturers and rapidly mobilize staff to provide immunizations for those in the university community who are eligible under state guidelines.

Tulane will be one of the first universities in the state to begin administering doses of COVID-19 vaccine on its own. The university is expected to receive approximately 5,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in mid-January with more on the way later in the month.

As the largest private employer in New Orleans, allowing the university to participate in the distribution of the vaccine helps to make the entire community safer. We are committed to rapidly administering vaccines and will be prepared to support vaccinations for those in the Tulane community and beyond as more become available and the state expands eligibility.

The first groups to receive the vaccine at Tulane will include those on the front lines of COVID-19 research and community response. This includes those who run our COVID-19 testing program — one of the most rigorous testing, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine programs in the country.

We are following the state's COVID-19 immunization guidance, which includes prioritizing schools of allied health for vaccinations. Tulane will begin vaccinating the following eligible groups:

  • School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Social Work faculty, staff and students who work directly with others in the New Orleans community
  • Campus Health staff who work directly with infected students and employees and their close contacts
  • Frontline food service and custodial/operations staff who engage directly with the student body in dining halls, residential facilities and elsewhere
  • Employees over 70 years of age

To read more about Tulane’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, visit Tulane News.

FAQs

How will I know if I am going to receive the vaccine?

Emails to prompt scheduling will begin going out from the School of Medicine in the next few days. We are committed to rapidly administering these vaccines and will be prepared to support vaccinations for more of those in the Tulane community and beyond as additional vaccines become available and the state expands eligibility.

According to state guidelines, those eligible for the vaccine at this point include faculty, staff and students in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Social Work who work directly with members of the New Orleans community. It will also include campus health staff who work directly with infected students and employees and their close contacts, as well as frontline food service and custodial/operations staff who engage directly with the student body in dining halls, residential facilities and elsewhere. Employees over 70 years of age are also eligible.

If I've been vaccinated, do I still need to get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. The vaccine protects you from becoming infected with COVID-19 but there is a chance that you could still spread the virus. It is important to continue following all health safety protocols and to continue with routine testing to protect others who have not yet received the vaccine.

When will we get more vaccines?

At this point, we don’t know. The university was only recently approved as a vaccine provider by the state and we are still awaiting our first delivery of vaccinations. We are hopeful that, now that we have been selected as a vaccine provider, we will be able to deploy vaccines for the Tulane and New Orleans communities as additional phases are defined.

Can I get added to the list? I have special circumstances …

The university can only provide vaccines to those who fall into the categories defined by the state’s COVID-19 immunization guidelines.

Will Tulane be providing vaccinations for only Tulane faculty, staff and students?

As part of our commitment to supporting the New Orleans community, we have agreed to support vaccination of allied health students at other local colleges and offered to help the city in its broader vaccination program. Tulane is committed to rapidly administering these vaccines and is prepared to support vaccinations for more of those in the Tulane/New Orleans community as additional vaccines become available and the state expands eligibility.

Are adjunct faculty from allied health schools included in the first round of vaccinations?

Not at this time, but we hope to expand access as the state broadens eligibility requirements for allied health schools and vaccine supply increases.

Are emeritus professors and alumni over the age of 70 included?

Not at this time, but vaccinations for those over 70 can be scheduled through primary care providers and pharmacies throughout the state. We do hope to become a community vaccine provider later as more vaccine becomes available.

Why was Tulane selected as a vaccine provider by the Louisiana Department of Health?

Tulane had to apply to the state to be a point of distribution for the vaccine. We believe Tulane was selected as a vaccine provider because we have three health and allied health schools where faculty students and staff are on the front lines of confronting COVID 19. In addition, our School of Medicine has the ability to rapidly deploy vaccinations and we have a large population of individuals in our community who are eligible for vaccination according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine guidelines. Finally, we showed our ability to do large scale medical operations by administering 170,000 COVID-19 tests since August.

How many employees does Tulane have? Will 5,000 vaccines cover all employees?

Tulane has more than 6,000 employees, full-time and part-time, but this number does not include residents and graduate students who are included as frontline healthcare and allied health workers. Not all employees are getting vaccinated at this point, only those who meet state guidelines. Tulane is committed to rapidly administering these vaccines and prepared to support vaccinations for more of those in the Tulane/New Orleans community as additional vaccines become available and the state expands eligibility.

 

Email CovidVaccine@Tulane.edu with questions.

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