Updated September 16, 2021

The Pitt CoVax Vaccination Center

Hours effective through October 29:

Mondays, noon-7 p.m. (closed at 6 p.m. Sept. 20)
Tuesdays, noon-5 p.m. (closed Sept. 21 for campus flu clinic)
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Sept. 15 and 29 for campus flu clinics)
Thursdays, noon-7 p.m.
Fridays, noon-4 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept 11 and 18 only)

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.

Offering all three COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Pfizer for those 12 and older (2 doses, given 3 weeks apart)
  • Moderna for those 18 and older (2 doses, given 4 weeks apart)
    • You can schedule your second dose appointment before you leave the clinic for Pfizer and Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and older (single dose)
  • Register at https://pi.tt/vras using access code panthers to ensure a scheduled time slot

Walk-ins are welcome!
The clinic is open to the public.
Register at https://pi.tt/vras using access code panthers to ensure a scheduled time slot.
For assistance with scheduling, call Pitt’s vaccine hotline at 412-383-4372.

PittCoVax flu clinics for employees and families:

  • Petersen Events Center: September 21, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Flu vaccinations will be available during Center hours beginning September 16th
  • To schedule a flu vaccine, book your appointment online: PItt Flu Vaccine Scheduling
  • Students can get flu shots on Wednesday, Sept. 29 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the HealthyU Fair

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.

Will we need booster shots?

COVID-19 Booster shots are not recommended or required at this time. Pitt will be following guidance from the FDA and the CDC regarding the availability of booster shots. The FDA is meeting about booster shots now. Firm guidance will come after the meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the end of September. We will update our community as soon as guidance is in place. 

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 delta variant.  The antibody tests are not designed to assess if patients are protected against COVID-19, but rather the presence of some antibodies. 

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.

I’m vaccinated, but my antibody test did not show proof of antibodies. Should I worry?

Vaccinated individuals could have a negative COVID-19 antibody test, and still be protected because the vaccines build antibodies against the spike proteins that may not be detected by the test.

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.

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