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Fall 2022 FAQ

Additional content will be added to this page as needed. This information is subject to change. Information was accurate as of the updated date below. Things may have changed since.

Last updated 9/22/2022

FACE COVERINGS

Wearing a mask on campus remains optional as long as the CDC Community Level for McKean County is either medium or low. Wearing a mask on campus will be required if the county’s transmission levels moves to high. However, anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time on our campus. Please continue to manage your personal health in ways that you are most comfortable while protecting public health.

VACCINATIONS/BOOSTERS

Are boosters required?
Booster shots are not required but are strongly encouraged.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is the university requiring vaccinations?
Yes. all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff on all campuses must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption to remain a community member. 

What if I feel ill?
If you feel sick, stay in your room and call Health Services at 814-362-5272. The staff there will help students manage symptoms and receive testing. We recommend testing for all University members—including vaccinated individuals—who become symptomatic after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?
When a medical professional confirms that a member of the Pitt community has COVID-19, if the evaluated individual is a student they must report their diagnosis to Health Services at 814-362-5272 and help identify all known close contacts. A close contact is someone who spends at least 15 minutes within six feet of an infected individual. The use of face coverings does not factor into this determination. If the evaluated individual is faculty or staff please notify MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949.

Those who test positive will be isolated until medically cleared. This rule applies regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

What if I have been in contact with someone who tests positive?

If you were exposed to COVID-19, you should wear a high-quality mask for a full ten days after your exposure, monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and take a test five full days after your last exposure. You can develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after exposure, so you must wear a high-quality mask for that entire period, even if you test negative on day five. Please consult the CDC website for additional details about what to do if you were exposed to COVID-19.

How many positive cases have there been on campus?
Please refer to the Campus Cases page.

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

Can I still upload my vaccination status?
Yes. To provide proof of vaccination, you will need to upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. Your vaccination status will be used only for our virus control program and will be accessed only by appropriately authorized personnel.

What if I have only received one shot of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccination series?
You can get your second dose in Bradford. After you receive your second dose, submit proof of that as soon as possible. Your record should be recognized as complete about 24 hours after submission.

Below you will find information on the vaccination options that Walmart pharmacy and CVS pharmacy currently have. Anyone receiving a vaccination should bring their photo ID, insurance card, and prior vaccination card if receiving a second dose. Both are accessible by Area Transportation Authority bus.

Walmart pharmacy, 50 Foster Brook Blvd. (814) 368-4700
Walmart pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open, and online scheduled appointments. Walmart has the Pfizer vaccine available to anyone, and has Moderna available only to those that need their second dose.

Online scheduling: Walmart.com/covid

  1. Select book your COVID vaccine.
  2. Select if you’ve been previously vaccinated or not.
    • CDC guidelines states that Pfizer second doses should be administered no less than 21 days after your first dose, and Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose. 
  3. If yes, select the vaccination you previously received (either Pfizer or Moderna) and schedule an appointment.
  4. If not, make that selection and continue on to scheduling appointment. 

CVS pharmacy, 10 Davis St. (814) 362-4559

CVS pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open before 8:30pm, and online scheduled appointments. CVS only has the Moderna vaccine.

Online scheduling: CVS.com/coronavirus

  1. Select schedule a vaccine.
  2. Complete the health screening questionnaire.
  3. Select if you need to start vaccination or need a second dose.
    • CDC guidelines states that Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose.
  4. Answer the following questions and continue to scheduling.

MANDATORY VIRUS TESTING

Read about mandatory testing here.

If I’m working 100% remotely on a full-time basis, do I need to submit my vaccination card?
Yes! Employees who are 100% remote still need to upload their vaccination card. The University wants everyone be vaccinated. It’s for your health and safety as well as for your family, friends and community, including the Pitt community. After all, remote employees may be called to campus for a meeting or other work.

Do I have to inform my supervisor, instructor or resident assistant about my vaccination status?
No. If you chose to upload your vaccination card, that information is not shared. All University members should refrain from asking others about their vaccination status as such dialogue could prompt disclosure of confidential medical information, which is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

I received the first vaccination. Will this have any effect on the COVID test?
No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test.