COVID-19 vaccines to be available for all Allegheny students

Dear Allegheny College Campus Community,

I am thrilled to announce that Meadville Medical Center (MMC) has agreed to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all Allegheny students as part of their mass vaccination efforts starting April 19! This includes students who are residents of other states and those students who hail from other countries. ALL OF YOU.

MMC has been selected as a “preferred vaccine provider” and thus expects to receive a steady supply of Pfizer vaccines moving forward, therefore having no issues vaccinating everyone who wants to be vaccinated. MMC is working hard to plan for this vaccination effort; as soon as they post sign-up links on their website, you may sign up. I will also email those links to all students.

  • Sign up ASAP for your first dose, to ensure that you get your second dose three weeks later before the semester ends. It is very hard to get your second vaccine dose at an alternative vaccination site.
  • Don’t miss your appointment! This opportunity is precious!
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Thank everyone at the site; feel free to bring a handwritten note of gratitude about what the vaccine means to you.

The Allegheny College administration encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as do the CDC and ACHA. Vaccinated persons are less likely to contract COVID-19, become severely ill from COVID-19 or transmit COVID-19. They do not need to quarantine after most travel and do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 positive person. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

Want to help? Meadville Medical Center is looking for volunteers to help with vaccine distribution. What a great way to help others and be part of history! Students, employees, and families — anyone and everyone — are welcome to sign up here. I will forward the list to MMC, and they will follow up with you.

So — here we are. Students are getting vaccinated and even helping with the effort. WOW. Talk about Gator Strong.

Dr. Morrow