Updated September 30, 2022

The Pitt Vaccination and Health Connection Hub

All COVID-19 boosters, first doses (ages 3+) and second doses are available at the Pitt Vaccination and Health Connection Hub, conveniently located on the Pittsburgh campus, next to University Pharmacy. Appointments preferred. Register here today! Walk-ins welcome based on unfilled appointments. Flu vaccines (ages 9+) will be available daily beginning September 7, 2022.

Appointments are now OPEN!

Fall Term 2022 Hours:

Mondays: noon - 7 p.m.
Tuesdays: noon - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays: noon - 7 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 5 p.m.

Last appointment is half an hour before close. Walk-ins are accepted for all COVID-19 and flu vaccines, subject to availability, but it’s always best to make an appointment. The Hub staff recommends budgeting ~60-90 minutes for walk-ins, as wait times for walk-ins can be highly variable depending on patient flow. If you are not able to be seen as a walk in, staff onsite may be able to help you schedule an appointment for another day. Vaccines and updated (bivalent) boosters are widely available at local pharmacies and physician offices. Check out Allegheny County Health Department’s vaccine provider map for resources and locations, call your local pharmacy or health care provider for guidance, or visit UPMC's COVD-19 vaccine scheduling system.

Location
  • 4041 Fifth Avenue, at the base of Nordenberg Hall.
  • Easily accessible by Port Authority bus.
  • Free parking for clinic visitors is in Soldiers & Sailors garage. Enter from Bigelow Boulevard.
Appointment Registration

Register for an Appointment
(Read step-by-step instructions)

We are in the process of building out the technology to make vaccine scheduling easier for everyone. Here are some tips to help you schedule yourself for an appointment in our current system.

  1. Click LOGIN in the top right corner of the screen to proceed.  
    1. Your login information is NOT your normal Pitt login username and password.
    2. If you have registered with us before, populate your existing username and password. If you have registered with us before but don’t remember your username, search “CoVaxNoReply” in your email inbox. Your username should be present in any past appointment confirmation emails you have received. If you forget your password, enter this username and select “Forgot your password?”. 
    3. Select Not a member if this is your first time visiting. When creating a password, the password must contain at least eight characters, including one alphabetic character and one number. 
  2. Click NEXT. This allows you to begin scheduling. 
  3. Fill in the information required to schedule an appointment until you reach the screen that says, “Your service appointment's all set.”  
  4. Check your email for confirmation of your appointment. 
  5. LOGOUT by clicking on the carat next to the username in the top right corner of your screen and select Logout from the drop-down options. 

Walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability! The Hub is open to the public.


Q: I’m registering for a family member or on behalf of someone else. Do I need to make a new account for each person? 

A: When scheduling for family members, all the steps above will need to be completed for each family member. You may use the same email address, but must register each family member under their own name. 

Q: I want to schedule multiple services (e.g. a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine) for the same visit. Is that possible? 

A: Yes. To schedule multiple services for the same visit, complete steps 2-4 above for the first appointment, then click on the "Home" button and repeat steps 2-4 for an additional service(s) on the same day as your first appointment. 

Q: I am unable to complete the appointment-scheduling process online. What can I do? 

A: We take walk-in appointments as well. If you need help scheduling an appointment or have any additional questions, please stop by the Hub during operating hours, call us at 412-383-4372, or email TheHub@pitt.edu. 


Vaccines Available

Offering all four COVID-19 vaccines (ages 3+)

Primary COVID-19 Vaccine Series:

  • Pfizer for those ages 5 and older (2 doses, given 3-8 weeks apart), and updated (bivalent) booster doses available.
  • Pfizer for those ages 3-4 (3 doses; first two doses given 3 weeks apart, third dose given at least 8 weeks after the second dose).
  • Moderna for ages 12 and older (2 doses, given 4 weeks apart), and bivalent booster doses available.
  • Moderna for ages 3-11 (2 doses, given 4 weeks apart)
  • Novavax for ages 12 and older (2 doses, given 3-8 weeks apart), and updated (bivalent) booster dose available.
  • Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and older (single dose) based on current CDC guidance

Updated (bivalent) COVID-19 Boosters:

  • Pfizer for ages 12 and older (1 dose) at least 2 months after previous dose/booster
  • Moderna for ages 18 and older (1 dose) at least 2 months after previous dose/booster

Note: Flu shots will be available daily beginning September 7, 2022. 

Booster Shots

The Pitt Vaccination and Health Connection Hub (the Hub) is offering the updated (bivalent) boosters.

Why Get The COVID-19 Updated (Bivalent) Booster

As the FDA notes, “The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters include components of the original virus strain and the Omicron variant. This is called a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine. The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are designed to give you broad protection against COVID-19, including better protection against the Omicron variant.”

Who Is Eligible

To receive the updated (bivalent) booster, you must:

  • Be at least 12 years old. The updated Pfizer (bivalent) booster is available for ages 12 and up. The updated Moderna (bivalent) booster is available for ages 18 and up.
  • Have received your primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Be at least two months out from your primary series or your most recent booster dose.

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, we suggest scheduling your updated (bivalent) booster appointment approximately two months after your symptoms resolved, based on current CDC recommendations. And remember: It’s still important to get vaccinated AFTER having a COVID-19 infection to prevent reinfection.

If you have questions about eligibility, please do not hesitate to stop by the center, call or email at 412-383-4372 or TheHub@pitt.edu. We are happy to work clinically with individuals to address their concerns. 

Boosters are widely available throughout our region. You can find additional vaccine providers on the Allegheny County Health Department website, at your local pharmacy, by calling your health care provider for guidance, or by visiting UPMC's COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system.

Fall 2022 Flu Clinics

Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
William Pitt Union Ballroom
As a part of the Healthy U fair

Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Petersen Events Center

Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Petersen Events Center

Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
William Pitt Union Lower Lounge
As a part of the Pitt Safety fair

Daily, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022
Pitt Vaccination and Wellness Hub during clinic hours.

Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccines

Who needs protection?

Everyone needs protection. 

Some people are naturally less likely to experience complications if they get sick with the virus that causes COVID-19. Some people will get the virus and never develop any symptoms. Other people are not as lucky. Some have compromised immune systems and are not able to develop a strong protective immune response. Immune systems are highly complicated. But it means that higher-risk people must rely on the rest of us to get vaccinated to protect them from getting seriously ill with the virus. This reliance on others is called herd immunity. When a higher percentage of the people in a population are protected, the more protection they offer to the small number of people whose bodies are not able to mount an effective immune response on their own.

Aren’t COVID-19 vaccines experimental?

No, none of the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental.” These vaccines are evidence-based. They have been given to many millions of people. We have seen how safe and effective they are. They have undergone the same rigorous testing as every other vaccine that people get, like the flu vaccine. The FDA authorized the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines for “emergency use” because the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global public health emergency. Full approvals for COVID-19 vaccines are not being rushed.

What about variants?

As time passes, the virus that causes COVID-19 changes in small ways to evade the protections people have developed against it. This is how viruses survive. When more of us are vaccinated, the virus has less opportunity to mutate into new variants that could infect new people or re-infect recovered COVID-19 patients.

Even if you had COVID-19 before, it is important to get vaccinated. The version of the virus you may have survived months ago may not be the same version of the virus that is currently circulating and infecting people.

We also do not know yet how long immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 lasts. That means, if you had COVID-19 months ago, and are relying solely on your body’s immune response from back then to fight off new variants of the virus, you are not as protected as you could be right now. The vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization, even from these new variants.

No matter how it feels, COVID-19 is not over. This virus is constantly changing. We need to use every tool available to shut down the pandemic—and vaccines are the strongest tools we have.

I’ve had COVID-19 and tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Isn’t that sufficient protection?  

Vaccination provides a more predictable response and demonstrable efficacy against the coronavirus variants. The antibody tests are not designed to assess if patients are protected against COVID-19, but rather the presence of some antibodies. Refer to the CDC page on antibodies and COVID-19 for details. Those who have had COVID-19 still need to be vaccinated to have the best protection. 

Can I provide proof of COVID-19 immunity from an antibody test rather than proof of vaccination?

No, even if you had COVID-19 before, it is important to get vaccinated. The version of the virus you may have survived months ago may not be the same version of the virus that is currently circulating and infecting people.

We also do not know yet how long immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 lasts. That means, if you had COVID-19 months ago, and are relying solely on your body’s immune response from back then to fight off new variants of the virus, you are not as protected as you could be right now. The vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization, even from these new variants.  Learn why the CDC recommends a vaccine for people who had COVID-19.

What are the vaccine requirements for international Pitt students?

International students may have already been vaccinated outside of the U.S. If you are a student who received the full dose of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization while abroad and are planning to be on a Pitt campus this fall, you are considered fully vaccinated and you are encouraged to disclose your vaccination status and details to Pitt.

If you are partially vaccinated before you arrive on campus, you are able to get one of the three vaccines currently available in the U.S.—Pfizer, Moderna or J&J. The same is true for any student, faculty or staff member who has already received full or partial doses of a vaccine not approved by the World Health Organization.

International students with questions should contact the Office of International Services.

Questions?

Drop by the Vaccination Center at Nordenberg Hall. Our pharmacists can help determine which vaccine is right for you. Check out the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.

Additional Resources

Read the Pfizer fact sheet

Read the Moderna fact sheet

Read the J&J fact sheet

CDC Vaccine Information

Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Antibody Testing is Not Currently Recommended to Assess Immunity After COVID-19 Vaccination: FDA Safety Communication

EUQ Authorized Serology Test Performance