Eligible nursing and medical students at UND may be able to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
The vaccine rollout began last month in North Dakota, with health care workers and nursing home residents being among the first individuals to be vaccinated in the state. That first phase of vaccinations, known as Phase 1A, also includes health care workers who are in training, such as nursing and medical students, meaning some UND students may be eligible to receive the vaccine.
UND Student Health is working directly with UND departments to identify individuals who fall into the health department’s Phase 1A eligibility guidelines, according to a post on UND’s coronavirus blog. Eligible individuals will receive an email by Wednesday, Jan. 6, with a survey to indicate their interest in obtaining the COVID vaccine at Student Health.
“As supplies become available, Student Health will administer the vaccine to students, faculty and staff as directed by NDDoH’s prioritization,” the post said. “Please note this is a fluid situation. At this time, Student Health does not know when or how many doses of the vaccine will be available to UND.”
UND is not currently requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff or students, including for those eligible under the current guidelines. However, if any eligible individuals also work in another health care setting that requires the vaccine, they should follow that employer’s policies, the university said.
The State Immunization Director Molly Howell said last week that mid-January is a target date for the end of the first phase of vaccinations.
"Vaccine distribution in North Dakota has gone well the first three weeks," Howell said in a press release. "Although vaccine supply continues to be very limited, North Dakotans should monitor messaging from their local health departments and health care providers for more information on when they are able to be vaccinated."
Last week, the health department laid out its new priority groups for the next phases of vaccine distribution.
The next phase, known as Phase 1B, will include people over the age of 75 and those between 65 and 75 with multiple "high-risk" medical conditions. Also included in that phase are staff and persons living in other congregate settings.