COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Saint Mary’s College will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, faculty, and staff, and select invited groups.
In partnership with Meijer Pharmacy, the first of two Pfizer vaccines will be administered by appointment on Friday, April 16 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. inside the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex. The second dose will be administered on Friday, May 7.
An email was sent to the community on March 30 with instructions on how to sign up for an appointment at the Saint Mary’s clinic. Participants will not use the Indiana Department of Health vaccine program link to sign up for this clinic.
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
On April 16, participants of the vaccination clinic should enter Angela Athletic Complex 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 a completed Consent Form.
Appointments for the second dose on May 7 will be available to all who receive their first dose on April 16.
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.
+I just got over COVID-19. Can I still get the vaccine?
If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, please check with your doctor and/or the CDC guidelines to determine if you should receive the vaccine at the Saint Mary's clinic.
+Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?
Everyone receiving the vaccine is asked to bring a completed Consent Form.
+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?
There is no cost for the vaccine. If you have medical insurance, enter your information on the Consent Form. But if you don’t, you can still get the vaccine!
+I am eligible for the vaccine at the Saint Mary’s clinic, how do I sign up?
An email was sent to the community on March 30 with instructions on how to sign up for an appointment at the Saint Mary’s clinic. Participants will 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 first dose of the vaccine?
April 16 is the only day we will offer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. If you miss your scheduled appointment—and the clinic is still open—come to the clinic’s check in desk at Angela Athletic Complex. If you miss the day entirely, visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/ for alternative vaccination sites.
+What happens if I miss my appointment for the second shot?
If you miss your second appointment, you can visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/ to schedule your second dose at an alternative vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine. We ask that you do not miss your appointment, except for an emergency.
+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 mandatory for Saint Mary’s students and employees? Will it be required for the fall semester?
Receiving the vaccine at the Saint Mary’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic—or any site—is a choice. The College is carefully considering all options as to whether vaccinations will be required for fall enrollment. No decision has been made at this time.
+Can I get coronavirus if I have been 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 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 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 have received the vaccine and would like us to know, please complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form. Though reporting this information is not mandatory, 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, or wonder if I am eligible to receive a vaccine at the Saint Mary's clinic?
Please reach out to Shari Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.