COVID-19 vaccination opt-in available to University students

Students who schedule through UHealth will receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables Campus. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami
By News@TheU

Students who schedule through UHealth will receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables Campus. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

COVID-19 vaccination opt-in available to University students

By News@TheU
UHealth has received a limited quantity of vaccines for distribution to University of Miami students beginning today. Those who are interested in receiving the vaccine must opt in through CaneLink as soon as possible.

With expanded eligibility now allowing all Florida residents age 18 or older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, will open appointments to University of Miami students beginning Monday, April 12. 

Students interested in receiving the vaccine through UHealth must opt in through CaneLink. Once they have opted in, each student will be assigned a phase and will be invited to schedule an appointment once vaccines are available for that phase. The levels are determined by a student’s on-campus employment, modality of instruction for the Spring 2021 semester, place of residence, and class standing. Because supply is limited, not all students who opt in are guaranteed an appointment before the end of the semester. Students who are not interested in receiving the vaccine through UHealth are strongly encouraged to opt out via CaneLink to assist the University in planning and vaccine distribution. 

University of Miami students who are not Florida residents can receive the vaccine as seasonal residents. All students, regardless of residence status, will need to bring a government-issued ID, ’Cane Card, and smartphone with the Daily Symptom Checker completed by their scheduled appointment time. Students who schedule through UHealth will receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables Campus.

While getting the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged, it is not required by the University at this time. Fully vaccinated individuals should still adhere to safety protocols on and off campus by wearing masks, maintaining a safe physical distance, and avoiding crowds. Use of the Daily Symptom Checker is required on all University of Miami campuses. Students who are vaccinated must still comply with mandatory University COVID-19 testing.

Faculty and staff members also are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from UHealth and must opt in via Workday before being invited to schedule an appointment. All members of the University community are encouraged to utilize community resources—such as Walgreens, Publix, CVS, and other local pharmacies—where a vaccine appointment may become available sooner.

Answers to commonly asked questions are available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQs page. Visit coronavirus.miami.edu for additional University of Miami COVID-19 information and resources.