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VCU Together Update for students - April 30

Second dose appointments, exemptions for vaccinated students and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Exemptions for vaccinated students begin May 17

Effective May 17, VCU faculty, staff and students who are fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine, surveillance testing and daily health attestation requirements. Vaccination will be verified. To report your vaccination to VCU, visit the University Student Health Services website for information about how to submit immunization records.

If you wish to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination through VCU, you can register here to be contacted for an on-campus appointment.

Vaccines: Where to get your second dose

The Virginia Department of Health advises you get your second dose at the same location/provider you received your first dose. If you received your first dose through VCU, and you will be away from campus when it is time for your second dose, VDH recommends you use VaccineFinder.org to find a location near you. If you wish to schedule an appointment to receive your first dose through VCU, you can register here to be contacted for an on-campus appointment.

Things to remember when making your second-dose appointment

There is a specified time between doses. The two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are recommended to be given three weeks (21 days) apart and the two doses of Moderna vaccine four weeks (28 days) apart. You should not get the second dose earlier. However, if that kind of appointment scheduling is not possible, the second dose for each vaccine may be scheduled up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

Stick with the same vaccine. If you receive a first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine.

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