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There are 9 comments on BU to Begin Giving COVID-19 Vaccines Friday

  1. Thanks for this!

    The article says, “The University will reach out to individuals to notify them when they are eligible to be vaccinated.” How will the university know about our comorbidities (in order to place us properly in the prioritization lineup)? I have one such condition, and received a workplace adjustment for it. Is that enough to indicate to the university where in the state’s timeline I fall, or is there another process?

    I don’t want to jump the line — but I don’t want anyone to be skipped.

    1. This can be answered in the FAQ page BU produced: https://www.bu.edu/back2bu/student-health-safety/covid-19-vaccination-information/

      For members of the BU community who have a medical history or underlying health condition they would like considered as a reason to move up their priority, will they need to share their health information or records with BU? At this point, if someone believes they should be a higher priority, they should reach out to their PCP. As our on-campus vaccine program develops, we are exploring the possibility of including BU community members with underlying health conditions when their priority phase comes up. Please check back for updates.

      1. So I am reading this to mean that, as of now, BU is directing individuals with comorbidites to their PCP *instead* of BU. So BU is NOT planning on vaccinating individuals with comorbidites in the phase they are in (2+ are in the first subphase of phase 2, for example). Sorry, it was hard for my to understand this as written.

      2. Ah! Thank you, I missed that FAQ. As we (the state and/or BU) get closer to the section of phase two I believe I’m in, I’ll check back on both systems and see where things stand.

    1. Thanks for your note. Here is precisely what the CDC says about your good question:

      “Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

      Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

      While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

      To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

      Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
      Stay at least 6 feet away from others
      Avoid crowds
      Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
      Wash your hands often
      Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.”

        1. In the study the Modera vaccine was over 94% effective in preventing the development of symptomatic
          COVID-19 infection. Questions re whether or not it prevents transmission, how long the vaccine will be effective, etc, are under study.

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