The COVID-19 Medical Response Office would like all Pitt faculty, staff and students to complete this survey. Your answers will help us operate more quickly and efficiently once we receive our own supply of vaccines. Like you, we are anxiously awaiting the day that Pitt will receive our own vaccine supply. This timeline is out of our control, but we will continue to share information as it becomes available. Please check your inboxes and complete the Pitt Vaccine survey—regardless of your vaccination status or preferences—as soon as possible.
Below are some frequently asked questions for the vaccine survey.
Is my personal information protected?
Yes. The data are protected in the University’s data warehouse.
How is the CMRO deciding the prioritization for vaccine?
The CMRO will follow CDC guidelines for vaccine distribution.
What if I have an opportunity to get a vaccine from another provider sooner?
Please take the first opportunity offered to get the vaccine, remembering to responsibly and appropriately identify yourself with reference to specific priority groups.
Should I plan to travel to a Pitt campus for the vaccine if I’m not currently residing near a campus?
No, you should not travel to Pitt for the vaccine. Contact your county health department for more guidance on receiving a vaccination locally.
What if I’m a contractor for Pitt?
Some contractors who are required to be on campus on a daily basis will be provided the vaccine. Contractors who are not currently required to be on campus may be eligible at a later date.
What, if any, differentiation is there is between faculty, staff and students in the prioritization for receiving a vaccine?
The CMRO will not consider your faculty, staff or student role when developing a prioritization; respondents are asked to identify their role for records and tracking purposes. Factors such as age, whether a person has patient-facing healthcare responsibilities, presentation of high-risk conditions, and whether your responsibilities require you to come to campus to do your job will be used in prioritizing the equitable distribution of vaccine.
I’m a Pitt graduate student that also has teaching responsibilities. What should I select as my role?
You should select the role that best represents your primary relationship or role with the University. We encourage you to use your best judgment. Factors such as age, whether a person has patient-facing healthcare responsibilities, presentation of high-risk conditions, and whether your responsibilities require you to come to campus to do your job will be used in prioritizing the equitable distribution of vaccine.
Is the University providing vaccine for family members of students, faculty and staff, especially those that are considered high risk?
The state will initially provide vaccine for Pitt personnel, including Pitt affiliates who work on campus. We do not know at this time what the state plans to do for family members. In the meantime, we recommend that individuals with high-risk conditions contact their provider or the state vaccine website for potential vaccine opportunities.
I already took the survey, but got an email reminder. Do I need to take it again?
No, once you have submitted the survey, you do not need to take it again.
I already took the survey, but need to change my answers. How do I update my response?
If you take the survey again, it will replace your prior response.
Prior to the pandemic, I was required to work on campus. Though I now work from home, should I answer that I am required to work on campus?
Those who have the option to work remotely during the pandemic period should answer “No,” they are not required by the University of Pittsburgh to come to campus to do their job.