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Melissa McGivney, the associate dean for community partnerships at the School of Pharmacy, discussed the University’s vaccination efforts at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting hosted via Zoom. Other officials addressed Pitt’s COVID-19 response and graduation at the meeting.

‘We did well’: Pitt officials discuss COVID-19 response, vaccination efforts

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor April 23, 2021
All students should get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine even if they can’t get the second dose at the same location, according to Pitt officials. The Senate Council discussed Pitt’s vaccination efforts, COVID-19 response and graduation on Thursday.
During Wednesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting, President Chris Bonneau introduced a resolution for Pitt to make vaccination a requirement and to ensure equal vaccination opportunities for students.

Faculty Assembly discusses required vaccination proposal, possible new budget model

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer April 16, 2021
All students should be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to participate in on-campus activities next fall, according to a proposal introduced at Wednesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. No formal vote was given on this resolution at the meeting.
Spartan Pharmacy opened a vaccine clinic in Oak Hill, the neighborhood next to West Oakland, on Tuesday morning.

Editorial | Oak Hill vaccine clinic shows us what’s wrong with Pa.’s vaccine rollout

By The Pitt News Editorial Board April 2, 2021
Pitt students waited in line for hours at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Oak Hill on Tuesday.
Melissa McGivney, the associate dean for community partnerships at the School of Pharmacy, discussed Pitt’s vaccination efforts at Wednesday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting hosted via Zoom. Other officials addressed COVID-19 on campus and Pitt’s uncertain budget outlook at the meeting.

Pitt approved as vaccine provider, unsure when vaccine supply will arrive

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 19, 2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Pitt as a vaccine provider, but the University remains unsure about when it will receive doses to distribute, according to Pitt officials.
Dr. Moore is a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics who helped to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine with 20 other voting members.

Pitt doctor helped review, approve Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By Rashi Ranjan, Senior Staff Writer February 17, 2021
Armed with a 100-page packet of data, Dr. Patrick Moore helped evaluate the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for the United States — in just four days.
The Pitt Prescription

The Pitt Prescription | My experience getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The Pitt Prescription is a biweekly blog where student pharmacist and senior staff writer Elizabeth Donnelly provides tips on how to stay healthy in college. This edition was reviewed by Karen S. Pater, Pharm.D, CDCES, BCACP.
By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer February 15, 2021
At the end of December, I received an email telling me that it was my turn to get vaccinated.
A cardboard cutout of Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, stands in the Petersen Events Center on the first day of COVID vaccine administration.

Editorial | As COVID-19 numbers fall, keep your guard up

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 2, 2021
We can’t let our guards down yet.
The Pitt Prescription

The Pitt Prescription: The facts about the COVID-19 vaccines

The Pitt Prescription is a biweekly blog where student pharmacist and Senior Staff Writer Elizabeth Donnelly provides tips on how to stay healthy in college. This edition was reviewed by Karen S. Pater, Pharm.D., CDCES, BCACP.
By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer February 1, 2021
These two vaccines met the safety and efficacy criteria, and they were able to get the EUA because there was no other adequate approved vaccine for COVID-19.
Students in the Pitt Nursing and Pharmacy schools received emails informing them of their eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the UPMC hospitals.

‘A huge event in history’: Students recount COVID-19 vaccination experiences

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer January 25, 2021
Ragini Rangan, a first-year pharmacy major, got her first dose of the Moderna vaccine last Tuesday at UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center. While she described the needle as the size of a regular flu shot, its purpose was much bigger.
Dr. John Williams, the head of the COVID-19 Medical Response Office, clarified details about Pitt’s vaccination effort, which could provide shots to up to 800 people, at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting.

Students in ‘clinical-facing positions’ to receive vaccines late next week

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor January 22, 2021
Students in “clinical-facing positions” will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for next Thursday or Friday at the Petersen Events Center, according to COVID-19 Medical Response Office officials.
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