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Spring 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 3/28/2022

VACCINATIONS/BOOSTERS

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

Will I be able to get a vaccination or booster shot on campus?
Yes. A vaccine clinic will be held on campus Jan. 27, where you will be able to get a Pfizer booster or a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. You may schedule your appointment here.
There are also locations in the Bradford community where you can get a booster. See the list below.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is the university requiring vaccinations in the spring term?
Yes. Effective December 6, 2021, 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. Please read the full message dated 11/1/21.

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?
Fully vaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact are not required to quarantine. However, in addition to wearing a face covering while indoors on campus, you should get tested 5-7 days after exposure and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

Unvaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact or who have a COVID-19 positive individual in their household must quarantine away from others — and avoid circulating on campus or in public — for 10 days.

Will common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center be open?
Yes. We anticipate common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center being open for the 2021-2022 school year. 

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

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings are optional in all university buildings at this time.

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

Can I still upload my vaccination status to the student health portal?
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 difficulty uploading my proof of vaccination to the student health portal?
Take a picture of your vaccination card and send it to upb.healthservices@pitt.edu.

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 to the student health portal 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.

Will I have to undergo routine COVID-19 testing or undergo contact tracing and quarantine if I am exposed to the coronavirus?
No. If you are vaccinated, you will not be required to comply with most mitigation measures, such as COVID-19 routine testing, contact tracing, shelter in place or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.

MANDATORY VIRUS TESTING

Should I order a test kit even if I am vaccinated?
Weekly virus testing is required for students, staff, and faculty who have not uploaded proof of vaccination.

I’m unable to create a Quest account.
Keep trying. However, if you continue to experience issues, contact Quest directly at 855-324-7472 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or call after hours at 866-697-8378 and select “patient.”

Where do I go for mandatory testing?
At this time, test kits are not available for pick up. Rather, test kits must be ordered and will be shipped to your residence. If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, you are required to order your COVID-19 test kit through Quest.

Students can order their test kit here.

Faculty and staff can order their test kit here.

How long do I have to return the test?
Test kits must be ordered within 48 hours of the email invitation and should be returned on the same day or next day. Place your completed kit in the clear bag provided and place it into the large bin with the bright yellow top, which is located next to the Information Desk in the Commons.

To avoid any delays, we recommend you drop off your completed tests before noon each Monday.

How long will it take to get results?
That depends on the volume of tests Quest receives. Check your Quest MyAccount dashboard for results. Student health or MyHealth@Work will also receive results.

What happens if I don’t order, take or return the COVID-19 test?
You will be referred to student life or human resources for further disciplinary action, including potentially limiting access to Pitt facilities.

Do I have to participate in mandatory weekly testing if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from mandatory weekly testing for 90 days after testing positive. You must resume weekly testing after that 90 days passes.

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.