Hours expanded at Pitt vaccination clinic, which is open to all

Pitt’s vaccination clinic is expanding its hours so more students, faculty, staff and members of the Pittsburgh community can get any of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still under emergency approval, but expected to get full approval soon. All three are available at the clinic on Fifth Avenue on the ground floor of Nordenberg Hall.

“The FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine should continue to give people confidence in vaccinations as a safe and effective tool in the fight against this public health crisis,” said Melissa McGivney, co-director of the COVID-19 Medical Response Office and professor of pharmacy and therapeutics in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy.

The clinic is now open six days a week. See the schedule. You can schedule ahead by going to the website or calling and walk-ins are welcome too.

McGivney said they also do one-on-one patient consultations, and can just answer questons about the COVID vaccine for those who might be hesitant. “People can walk in anytime, ask us whatever they want,” she said. And if you received your vaccine in Pennsylvania and lose your vaccination card, the Pitt vaccine clinic can replace it.

They also can provide the booster shot recommended by the CDC for those who are immunocompromised.

They’re also planning flu clinics this fall: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Petersen Events Center. Another will be held during the HealthyU Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29 outside the William Pitt Union.

“Keeping healthy this fall includes receiving your flu vaccine. Like COVID, flu is a virus and readily passes from person to person,” McGivney said. “As we get back to in-person events, it’s important to protect yourself from the flu by receiving a flu vaccine. The Pitt CoVax Vaccination Center will have flu vaccine available starting in early September.”