COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
In partnership with Meijer Pharmacy, Saint Mary’s College held the first of two COVID-19 vaccination clinics on April 16 for students, faculty, staff, and invited groups. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered on Friday, May 7 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex. Those requiring a second dose should sign up for an appointment here.
The following individuals are eligible to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Saint Mary’s:
- Saint Mary’s College students
- Saint Mary’s College employees and their immediate family members
- Holy Cross College students
- Holy Cross College employees and their immediate family members
- Sisters of the Holy Cross employees
- Local students admitted to Saint Mary’s College
- Saint Mary’s College campus partners (invitation only)
What to Expect For Your Second Dose
On May 7, participants of the vaccination clinic should enter Angela Athletic facility through the north door (facing the parking lots and Athletic Fields). Visitors to campus are asked to park in the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Havican Hall lot. Access a campus map here.
To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please bring the following:
- The CDC vaccination card that shows the type of vaccine that you received and the date when it was administered. Without this card, the second dose can not be administered. Make sure your name and date of birth are complete on the card.
- A completed Consent Form. Please have both sides of the form filled out including your insurance information. As a reminder, the vaccine is paid for by the federal government. All insurance companies are required to assume the cost of the vaccine administration. If you do not have insurance, please fill out the consent form anyway and bring it with you to the clinic. You will receive a vaccine regardless of your insurance coverage.
Vaccinations and Their Side Effects
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They are key to allowing our College to resume normal activities. A great deal of information on the benefits and concerns of the COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the CDC website.
Adverse events and side effects from vaccines are rare, but do occasionally happen. They are normal, and indicate your body is building protection. Visit the CDC to read more about possible side effects and what you can do to minimize any pain and discomfort you may experience.
+Can I get the vaccine at this clinic if I am not a resident of Indiana?
Yes, there is no Indiana residency requirement to receive the vaccine through the Saint Mary’s vaccine clinic.
+Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?
Everyone participating in the clinic should bring a completed Consent Form, including the insurance information in the back, if they have insurance. Additionally, those receiving the second dose of the vaccine are asked to bring their CDC card showing what type of vaccine was administered and when.
+I missed the first clinic. I would like to get my first dose on Friday, May 7 at Saint Mary’s. Can I do that?
Yes, you can. It will be your responsibility, however, to find a vaccine provider that can administer the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine on or around May 28. Saint Mary’s will not hold any other clinics this spring, and can not arrange for vaccines to be administered outside of these two clinics.
+Where do I go the day of the clinic? If I am not a Saint Mary’s student, where do I park?
The Clinic is held at the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex; you may park in the lot directly to the north of the Complex. Please enter the north doors of Angela. Overflow parking is available in the Havican Hall lot. Access a campus map here.
+Is there a cost for the vaccine? Can I get the vaccine if I do not have insurance?
The COVID-19 vaccine is provided by the federal government and is free. If you have health insurance, you will be asked to provide this information, however, those without insurance can also receive the vaccine.
+I am eligible for the vaccine at the Saint Mary’s clinic, how do I sign up?
If you received your first dose of the vaccine on April 16, you are eligible to receive the second dose on May 7. Please use this link to sign up. Do not use the Indiana Department of Health vaccine program link to sign up for this clinic. If you are eligible, and did not receive a link, contact Shari Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+What should I expect after a COVID-19 vaccination?
Here is a great resource from the CDC that talks about this.
+What happens if I miss my appointment for the second dose of the vaccine?
We ask that you do not miss your appointment, except for an emergency. If you miss your second appointment, you can visit vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov to schedule your second dose at an alternative vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine. You should do so right away.
+I made an appointment and ended up getting a vaccine somewhere else before the clinic. Should I tell someone?
Yes. Please contact Mona Bowe at email@example.com as soon as you know you will not need the appointment.
+Isn’t it against Catholic teachings to take vaccines that are developed using cells from fetal cell lines?
The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has determined that it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to take these vaccines against the COVID-19 virus. Their determination is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition.
In a two-minute video posted on March 4, Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, reiterated that there is no moral need to turn down a vaccine, citing the statement from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The bishop emphasized that getting vaccinated can be “an act of charity” or “serves the common good.” At the same time, Bishop Rhoades emphasized the importance of encouraging pharmaceutical companies, as the bishops have done, to develop vaccines that do not use abortion-derived cell lines.
+Where can I learn more about the Pfizer vaccine?
Information specifically relating to the Pfizer vaccination can be found here.
+Is the vaccine required for Saint Mary’s students? Will it be required for the fall semester?
Yes, Saint Mary’s College is requiring all undergraduate and graduate students taking classes on campus to be fully vaccinated in advance of the fall 2021 semester. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, the College requires the following immunizations: tetanus, hepatitis B, varicella, MMR; and meningitis; and strongly recommends hepatitis A and HPV.
+Can I get coronavirus if I have been fully vaccinated?
Your vaccine protects you best against illness two weeks after your final shot; in the case of the Pfizer vaccine, two weeks after your second dose. However, no vaccine can offer 100% protection against the virus. The vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States by the FDA offer strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization. There have been cases reported of individuals who have been fully immunized, and contracted the virus later, including at Saint Mary’s.
+I am a student. If I am fully vaccinated, do I still participate in random screening testing and complete Healthy Roster? How about wearing a mask and maintaining my distance?
Yes. Because the majority of our students live on campus in a congregate setting, we must continue to be vigilant and protect the most vulnerable among us. All COVID-19 protocols remain in effect through graduation weekend, including screening testing, mask wearing, and physical distancing.
+Once I'm vaccinated, do I need to report it?
If you are a vaccinated student or employee at Saint Mary's and would like us to know, please complete either the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Information or the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Information form. Though reporting this information is not required, we appreciate having it as it helps when contacting tracing and determining quarantine protocol for people who have potentially been exposed.
+Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please reach out to Shari Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.