Dear members of the university community,
Some good news: As part of FIU’s efforts to facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations for our Panther family, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Florida Department of Health have allocated a limited number of vaccines to the university. We hope more doses will follow in the coming days and weeks. Please note, these vaccinations are in addition to the vaccination initiative we started last week with our partners at Jackson Memorial and Baptist Health.
The vaccinations we will be administering at FIU are made by Moderna and will be made available as early as next week to FIU healthcare faculty and staff with direct patient contact in accordance with the executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.
The vaccination initiative started with our partners at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Baptist Health will target actively employed FIU faculty and staff 65 and older. The executive order specifies that in this phase of the vaccination effort, only people who fall in specific categories will have access to the vaccine. The categories are long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact. Hospital providers, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Please complete FIU’s COVID-19 interest survey. This is the same survey we asked you to complete last week, when we announced the availability of vaccinations through a partnership with Jackson Health System and Baptist Health. However, if you have completed the survey, you do not need to submit a new one.
If you would like to receive the vaccine and are eligible based on current guidelines, your response to the survey will be used to coordinate scheduling. Please be sure your MyFIU portal has the most updated contact information for you.
If you are under the age of 65, your response to the survey will help us plan for the next phase of the Florida Department of Health vaccination plan.
Please note that signaling your interest in this survey does not guarantee FIU will have a vaccine for you; likewise, it does not represent a commitment on your part to take the vaccine when it is made available.
In the coming days, we will provide additional information about the availability of the Moderna vaccine and the on-campus location where it will be distributed to Panthers who have direct patient contact. Please be on the lookout for email communications as well as social media updates.
Also please note that next Thursday, January 14 we will hold a town hall with some of our top health experts to discuss vaccines, testing and guidelines. Please look for the official invitation and join us for this important conversation.
At FIU, we are grateful to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Florida Department of Health for their confidence in our FIU. We also are thankful to Jackson Memorial Hospital and Baptist Health for helping make the vaccine available to our faculty and staff who are 65 and older. More than 100 of our faculty and staff 65 and older have been vaccinated through this program with new appointments being scheduled every day.
Our goal is to help our Panther family stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your patience as we work with our partners to facilitate vaccinations for our community.
Mark B. Rosenberg