COVID-19 vaccine

The University plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to University of Miami faculty, staff, and students in phases based on the quantity received and each individual’s risk of exposure, as determined by state regulations.

Vaccination is optional. However, to assist in planning for vaccine distribution, faculty and staff must indicate in Workday whether or not they would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional information about the opt-in process for students will be released in early 2021.

Frequently asked questions

Updated: January 29, 2021

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution for faculty and staff

Contacts and Resources

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?

    No. The COVID vaccine is not mandatory. We encourage you to take advantage of the vaccine when it becomes available, to protect yourself and the people around you.

  • How do employees opt-in to receive the vaccine?

    You will need to go to Workday to indicate whether or not you would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is necessary to ensure that those who are interested are scheduled to receive the vaccine according to the appropriate phase and availability.

  • Can I change my preference for receiving the vaccine once I declare?

    Yes. You can update your preference in Workday. However, if you select “no” and then change to “yes,” the timing of distribution of the vaccine may be delayed. If you select “yes” and then change to “no,” you will be removed from the scheduling system.

  • When will the University receive more doses of the vaccine?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines the national distribution of vaccines, and we currently receive the vaccines from the state. There is not a clear line of sight into how many we receive and when we receive them. As soon as we receive a shipment of vaccines, we are ready to deploy our teams to distribute the vaccine following state and federal guidelines.

  • Will we get more than one of the vaccines?

    The first doses will be the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but as others receive Emergency Use Authorization or FDA approval, we expect to receive those as well.

  • How will I know when I am eligible for the vaccine?

    Once you select your preference in Workday and you meet the requirement for the appropriate phase, you will receive an email prompting you to schedule your appointment. Managers will also be alerted when their employees’ phases are open.

  • Will I need to make an appointment?

    Yes. The email prompting you to schedule your appointment will be sent to your University email address.

  • Will all employees be able to get the vaccine? How about students?

    Following federal and state guidelines, we have established a phased plan to distribute the vaccine—beginning with employees who care for or work around COVID-19 patients, moving to other high-risk populations, faculty, staff, and students. The timing is still unknown, but we expect it will take several months to receive enough vaccine for all phases.

  • Is the vaccine safe?

    The vaccine is being released by the Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization, which means that it has been evaluated and shown to be safe and effective. To gain approval, any vaccine would have been tested in a trial of at least 30,000 people, scientifically showing that it is indeed safe and efficacious against the coronavirus. If you have any questions about whether you should take the vaccine, please contact your health care provider.

  • What if I am pregnant or nursing?

    We do not recommend the vaccine during pregnancy or for nursing mothers due to the lack of information in this group. It is recommended that women not get pregnant for two months after the second injection.

  • Where can I find more information on the safety, eligibility, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Because details of the vaccines are continually updated, comprehensive information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html. 

  • If I get the vaccine will I still need to wear a mask?

    Yes. Measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus remain extremely important since it will likely be many months before a significant number of people have received the vaccine. Wear a mask at all times, stay at least six feet away from other people, continue to wash your hands frequently, and avoid large gatherings. Public health experts strongly recommend that you avoid traveling as well.

  • Can employees request to change the phase they are assigned?

    If you think that the phase listed for you in Workday should be changed, please contact your supervisor.

Contacts and Resources

  • For more information: COVID-19 vaccine email for help
  • For UHealth and Miller School employees: visit UMed Insider
  • For Workday support: You will receive a notification in Workday on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Here are steps to make selection:
    1. Visit Workday here
    2. Click Edit on “OP-in to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine”
    3. Select Y/N
    4. Click Ok.
  • Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 vaccine information

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