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11/02/2021 - Sign up for the Caltech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic on November 9

To: The Campus Community 

From: Steve Atlee, Vaccine Working Group Chair and Deputy General Counsel

Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff members, researchers, and postdocs are invited to sign up now for Caltech's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic on Tuesday, November 9. Advanced registration is required; up to 1,300 appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make your appointment today at: https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1614972889064

Please do not share the link with individuals external to Caltech as that will only inhibit other eligible invitees from securing an appointment. All registrants will be required to present their Caltech ID at check-in and those without appropriate identification will be turned away.

The clinic is being administered in partnership with Vons Pharmacy. While signing up, Vons will ask you to attest that you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. As a Caltech employee or student, you are currently eligible to receive a booster shot as described below.

Clinic details:

  • When: Tuesday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: The Beckman Institute courtyard (map below).
  • Vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna booster shots will be available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to allow individuals to receive a booster of a different variety than their original vaccine.
  • Eligibility: Active Caltech employees or enrolled students aged 18+ who have a Caltech ID and who received their last dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, may participate.
    • When filling out the online attestation of eligibility, chose either:
      • Age 18+ who work or live in a high-risk setting; or 
      • I am 18-64 years in an occupational or institutional setting where the burden of COVID-19 infection and risk of transmission are high based on individual benefit or risk, and it has been at least 6 months since my second dose.
  • Required documents: 
    • Your Caltech ID;
    • A vaccine card or digital vaccine record that includes dates of earlier doses;
    • A photocopy of proof of health insurance; and
    • A printed consent form, which you will complete during the online registration process as described below.
  • Cost: Free 
  • Appointment Confirmations:
    • Appointment confirmations will be sent directly from Albertsons Patient Care and arrive via email or text. If you do not receive it, please check your spam folder.

Consent forms:
A completed consent form is required to receive your vaccine. A fillable consent form will appear during the online registration process only after you have:

  • selected your appointment date and time; 
  • entered your personal information; 
  • confirmed your contact information;
  • accepted the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices; 
  • typed your name in the signature box; and
  • clicked ‘Continue'.

To complete the consent form, follow these steps:

  1. Choose which arm you prefer to receive the vaccine.
  2. Answer the applicable Consent Form Screening Questions and Consent Form Immunization Questions.
  3. Type your name in the signature box.
  4. Click on ‘Complete Appointment'.
  5. Scroll to bottom of page and click ‘Personalized Consent Form'.
  6. Download and print the consent form and bring it and the other required documents with you on your appointment date to receive your vaccine. (If you forget your copy, printed forms will be available for you to fill out on the day of the clinic.)

All required fields in the online consent form have a red asterisk (*).

While the Institute is not yet requiring booster shots as part of its vaccination requirement for employees and students, it strongly encourages anyone who is eligible for a booster to receive one in accordance with CDC guidelines.

According to the CDC, studies have shown that protection against COVID-19 may decrease over time after vaccination. This may be due to waning immunity and/or the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant. Recent studies also show that a booster shot increases the immune response to the virus and should improve protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

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