COVID-19 Vaccine Update

At a glance for students

  • UC continues the student vaccine clinic on Sunday, April 18, and walk-ins continue to be welcome. MUST be age 18 or older to participate.
  • Clinic hours are 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Vaccine clinic is in Fifth Third Arena, located in the heart of campus.
  • It's free, and you can get the Pfizer dose. Students will have the option to obtain their second dose at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute or to get the second dose out of town.

Please note that UC will not administer the vaccine but will partner with UC Health, a licensed and authorized vaccine provider who operates UC’s University Health Services.

Of note

  • The vaccine is free. The details: The vaccine will be made available at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients. There is a nominal ($16) fee for the first-time (one-time) administration of the vaccine. The fee for a second dose is $26. For anyone with insurance, it is billed to their insurance without copay or balance billing. If anyone is without insurance, the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is billed.
  • Excerpt: The FDA is recommending a “pause” while they are investigating six reported cases of blood clots that have occurred after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred between six and 13 days after vaccination.

UC COVID Check hot line

Please review this page carefully. If, after reading it, you still have questions, call the UC COVID Check Response Team hotline at:

  • (513) 558-1772
  • (513) 558-1773

The hotline is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays thru Fridays; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Or email for assistance at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu

Vaccine FAQs for students

Students (those 18-years-old or above) will have the chance to receive the Pfizer vaccine in the final student clinic of spring term, to be held on Sunday, April 18. Students will have the option to obtain their second does at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute or to get the second dose out of town. 

The clinic will run from 8 a.m. -noon in Fifth Third Arena, 2700 O'Varsity Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221, on the Uptown Campus. Fifth Third Arena is in the heart of the Uptown Campus , with plenty of nearby, on-campus parking. Students participating in the on-campus vaccine clinic will receive a voucher at the vaccination site to exit their UC garage for free that day. They will also receive a free t-shirt.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you are among the approximately 2,300 students who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on UC's campus on Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, please see this information from UC Health on  on "Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause: Things you should know."

The FDA is recommending a “pause” while they are investigating six reported cases of blood clots that have occurred after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred between six and 13 days after vaccination.

Importantly, you must be age 18 or over to participate.

But if you are an incoming, admitted student with a UC email and an M number and you are aged 18 or over, you may participate in on-campus vaccination.

Again, walk-ins are welcome.

No, that is not possible.

Not for the on-campus vaccination clinic. 

Each member of the campus community will need to bring a form of identification that displays their name and their date of birth. Please note that your UC ID card will not serve as sufficient identification for the purpose of vaccination because it does not show your date of birth. 

Two common forms of identification which do show your name and your date of birth are a driver’s license or a passport.

The vaccine is essentially free to students, faculty and staff.

If you want the details: The vaccine will be made available at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients. There is a nominal ($16) fee for the first-time (one-time) administration of the vaccine. The fee for a second dose is $26. For anyone with insurance, it is billed to their insurance without copay or balance billing. If anyone is without insurance, the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is billed.

See the Uptown Campus parking map. Students participating in these on-campus vaccination opportunity will be provided a parking voucher at the vaccination site. They can use the voucher to exit their UC garage for free.

No. All members of the campus community will be eligible to take part in this on-campus vaccine clinic. The same is true for UC employees

Each member of the campus community will need to bring a form of identification that displays their name and their date of birth. Please note that your UC ID card will not serve as sufficient identification for the purpose of vaccination because it does not show your date of birth. 

Two common forms of identification which do show your name and your date of birth are a driver’s license or a passport.

We suggest wearing a short-sleeved shirt (even if under a jacket). It will be necessary to obtain easy access to your upper arm for vaccination purposes.

See possible side effects from the CDC. Members of the campus community are asked to use the UC COVID Check App to report symptoms. 

UC will not administer the vaccine but will partner with UC Health, a licensed and authorized vaccine provider who operates UC’s University Health Services.

Yes, you should continue to take precautions in certain situations, as indicated by the CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

With regard to the COVID-19 vaccines, UC's physician-led COVID Response Team advocates for vaccination as a safe and a significant contributor to the safety of our community. Thus, the university strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination but will not mandate COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty or staff for the coming academic year.

See this State of Ohio FAQ on the COVID-19 vaccine, including its distribution. 

The infectious disease experts in UC’s Academic Health Center recommend that students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine still participate in required testing. Thus, COVID-19 vaccination status cannot serve to exempt students from required testing. This is due to the following:

  • Vaccine efficacy was studied for prevention of disease only, not infection or viral transmission after infection.
  • Thus, it is still an unknown as to whether a vaccinated individual can still be infected and asymptomatic, and if so, be infectious.
  • There here is no cross-reactivity between vaccine and a PCR test, i.e. being vaccinated cannot lead to a false positive COVID-19 test by PCR. (It can by some antibody tests.)

If fully vaccinated and no symptoms, quarantine will not be required after exposure.  

As more research and studies regarding vaccination and post-vaccination infection are addressed, the Academic Health Center infectious disease experts may revisit this recommendation.

Call the UC COVID Check Response Team hotline at:

  • (513) 558-1772
  • (513) 558-1773

The hotline is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays thru Fridays; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Or email for assistance at uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu