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March 9, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has provided UCF with some vaccines for our faculty and staff, and we will open a vaccination clinic Thursday on UCF’s main campus.

The county is providing the university vaccines following its announcement that educators of all ages, including those working at colleges, are eligible to receive the vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center and other sites within the county.

UCF will receive enough Pfizer vaccines for about 2,340 employees to receive both doses, and the no-cost vaccine will be distributed by appointment only in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.

Faculty and staff will need to sign up for an appointment through the Faculty & Staff Experience in the UCF Mobile app or online for those who do not have access to the app. You will be able to select the date and time for your appointment, which also will include a mandatory 15-minute waiting period after your vaccination.

Appointment sign-ups are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Detailed instructions about how to sign up are available in English and Spanish.

Upon completion of the first dose, we will provide instructions for scheduling your second dose in the recommended three weeks.

If you have already scheduled an appointment with another provider, please keep that appointment so we may reach as many people as we can at the UCF site.

Other Vaccine Options

This second allotment of vaccines will not cover all of UCF’s employees, and we encourage all eligible faculty and staff to take advantage of additional sites offering vaccines.

The Orange County Convention Center is a drive through site that requires appointments. For more information on making appointments and to see other locations where educators are eligible to receive the vaccine, including a federally run walk-up site at Valencia College’s West Campus, go to Orange County’s Vaccine Information page.

Providers in other counties also are offering the vaccine to residents who qualify, and members of the UCF community may elect to receive their vaccinations through one of those offerings if they are eligible.

More information about why vaccines are important and what to expect at your appointment is being shared here. Those with questions can email [email protected].

We will need to continue COVID-19 precautions — wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and washing hands — even after we are vaccinated while our community develops the herd immunity critical to keeping one another safe from the pandemic. It is so important that we continue to take those steps to prevent spread and protect those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Dr. Michael Deichen, MD, MPH
Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services