While many of us are eager to get the vaccine, it is important to sign up for vaccine only using a link sent directly from the Virginia Department of Health. Sign-up links are not to be shared with or forwarded to any other individual or organization, regardless of certainty that they should be vaccinated at this time. Please act responsibly to allow vaccine to be distributed as ethically as possible.

 When will I be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Virginia Department of Health website is a great resource. On this site, you can find out which phase Virginia counties are in, what phase you are eligible for, and view a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. To see updated information, including local distribution phase status and up-to-date vaccination efforts, please visit the Central Shenandoah Health District website.

 How can I get the vaccine?

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is responsible for acquiring and distributing COVID-19 vaccine. The University Health Center (UHC) is not a vaccination site and does not have direct access to the COVID-19 vaccine. JMU is actively working and communicating with the Virginia Department of Health in planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the Central Shenandoah Health District.

 How will VDH know I meet phase guidelines for a vaccine?

Self-register your interest in receiving the vaccine.  All JMU faculty, staff and graduate assistants should visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ to pre-register for vaccination if they have not already done so.  You may also visit that site to see if you are already pre-registered for a vaccination.

In addition, Human Resources and the University Health Center are preparing lists of employees who meet the criteria for phase 1b and 1c based on their job duties and responsibilities. JMU will send these lists to VDH as the local health department prepared to vaccinate specific occupations within each phase.

 Will JMU have vaccine clinics?

JMU is partnering with VDH to provide weekly vaccine clinics on campus. These clinics are run by VDH with support from JMU. Vaccine appointments will be offered based on the VDH Vaccine Phase Guidelines mentioned above.

 I live in another state but am a student, staff or faculty member at JMU. Where can I get vaccinated?

Register in both the state you live in and with the Central Shenandoah Health District. Take the first vaccine appointment offered to you.

 What Virginia Health District includes Harrisonburg?

Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and is one of many health districts in Virginia.

 How do I upload my vaccination information in MyJMUChart?

Follow these instructions for How to upload COVID-19 Vaccine documentation.

 How can we stay informed?

We encourage everyone – employees and students alike – to stay up to date on the latest vaccine information in Virginia by visiting the VDH's vaccine response site https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/ , or you can pre-register for the vaccine at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ to receive weekly updates from VDH.

 What can we do while we wait for a vaccine?

  • Maintain physical distance from other people.
  • Avoid crowds. (Being in a large group will increase the chance that you will be around someone infected with the virus and that the virus will spread to others.)
  • Wear masks.

Even after receiving a vaccine, we will all need to continue following these guidelines for our community's safety until the VDH lifts restrictions.

 Once I get the vaccine, how quickly will I be immune?

The time to maximum immunity is 2 weeks after the final dose of the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require 2 doses spaced 3-4 weeks apart respectively. Two weeks after the second dose is when maximum immunity is reached. The Johnson &Johnson vaccine only requires one dose so two weeks after this vaccine is administered maximum immunity should be present.

 Once I get the vaccine, can I go back to normal life?

Based upon current knowledge from ongoing studies, the vaccine appears to be extremely effective at protecting recipients from contracting COVID-19 and from spreading the virus. However, more research is needed to determine the true risk of vaccinated people spreading the virus. In the meantime, it is still important for everyone to continue to wear a mask and physical distance until herd immunity can be achieved.

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