Breaking News: FIU To Facilitate COVID-19 Vaccines For Certain Faculty And Staff

Valentina Palm/Editor In Chief

Jordan Coll/News Director

FIU will administer COVID-19 vaccines next week to faculty and staff 65 years and older.

FIU President Mark B Rosenberg announced in an email the university will receive limited doses of the Moderna vaccine as part of their partnership with Jackson Memorial and Baptist Health Hospitals, unveiled last week.

For now, only university faculty and staff who fall under the categories defined by Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order will be vaccinated, according to the email.

Current qualifications for the Moderna vaccine:

  • long-term care facility residents and staff
  • persons 65 years of age and older 
  • health care personnel with direct patient contact. Hospital provider
  • persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Over 100 staff members have already been vaccinated through appointments facilitated by the partnership.

Faculty and staff  should fill the COVID-19 survey for future vaccine distribution efforts, but it does not guarantee a vaccine or an appointment.

The university will host a Town Hall next week Jan. 14 to discuss vaccine testing guidelines.

“Our goal is to help our Panther family stay safe and healthy during these difficult times’ stated Rosenberg’s  email.

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