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COVID-19 Vaccination

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Información en español sobre cómo solicitar una vacuna contra COVID-19

 

Registration for boosters for ages 12-15 now available 

On Jan. 3, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to:

  • Expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals 12 through 15 years of age.
  • Shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months.
  • Allow for a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.

The CDC approved the first two of these changes on Jan. 4. 

We are currently accepting registrations for appointments. After you register, email invitations will be sent that allow you to make an appointment. You may sign up as many as five children for each appointment.

All pediatric vaccinations are given at our Fountain Court location, 245 Fountain Court in S. Lexington, just off Man O’War. The clinic is open 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. PLEASE NOTE THAT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY ANY CHILD UNDER AGE 18.

Adult vaccinations are available at this location on weekdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. as well as at several other locations in Lexington. See below for more details.

 

Vaccination against COVID-19 is currently available for anyone age 5 and over, and booster shots are available for anyone age 12 or over who completed the initial two-shot series of vaccinations at least five months ago.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are available to those over age 18. (Note that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no longer offered.) For those under 18, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved. MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED TO THE APPOINTMENT BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Vaccination is being offered by UK HealthCare free, and insurance is not required. Note that minors must be accompanied to the appointment by a parent or legal guardian.

All vaccination appointments, including booster appointments for those who are eligible, should be requested using the button below. For more information on pediatric shots and booster shots, please scroll down this page. 

REQUEST A VACCINATION

After you request a vaccination:

  • The invitation will be sent to the email address you provide on this form.
  • Look for an email from UK HEALTHCARE VACCINATIONS.
  • Once you receive the invitation, please respond as quickly as possible. You will get an access code that allows you to schedule your appointment. This code is FOR YOUR USE ONLY. Anyone using an access code who has obtained it improperly will have their appointment canceled or will be turned away at the vaccination clinic.
  • Your information will be reported to the state for the Kentucky Immunization Registry but will not be used for any other purposes.
  • IMPORTANT: UNLESS THIS IS YOUR FIRST VACCINATION FOR COVID-19, YOU MUST BRING YOUR CDC VACCINATION CARD WITH YOU TO THE APPOINTMENT. REPLACEMENT CARDS CANNOT BE ISSUED AT THE CLINIC.  (Lost your card? Request a copy.

After you click the “Request a vaccination” button below, you will be taken to a page where you can select “Gatton Student Center,” "Children age 5-17" or “UK HealthCare employees and All Others.” Because of the vaccination reporting requirements for UK students and campus employees, appointments for this group are scheduled at the Gatton Student Center using a different system that will allows for easy retrieval of records. Please select this button if you need to report your records to campus.

Once you make your selection, you will be taken to the appropriate vaccine request form. Only the software system and the location for the shots is different for students and campus employees. 

After you complete the vaccination request form, you will receive an email inviting you to make an appointment at either Gatton Student Center or the UK HealthCare Pharmacy Services vaccination location of your choice. (Please note that all vaccinations for children are being given at 245 Fountain Court, off Man O'War Boulevard in South Lexington. This location is easy-access and offers plenty of free parking, and every effort has been made to make the atmosphere low-stress for children.) Once you receive the invitation, please respond as quickly as possible.

By completing the vaccine request form, you will be added to the database of those requesting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at locations operated by UK HealthCare Pharmacy Services. After completing the form, you will receive an email inviting you to make an appointment at the location of your choice. Depending on demand and appointment availability, it may take several days for you to receive this invitation. Once you receive the invitation, please respond as quickly as possible.

  • You will get an access code that allows you to schedule your appointment. This code is FOR YOUR USE ONLY. Do not share your access code with others. Instead, we encourage you to share ukvaccine.org with anyone interested in receiving vaccination. At this time, there is plenty of vaccine available for anyone who registers for an appointment. 

Please note the following:

  • The FDA has officially approved the Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in people 16 and older. People ages 5-15 may receive the vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). However, anyone younger than 18 who receives a vaccination appointment must come to the appointment with a parent or legal guardian. 
  • The Moderna vaccine has been approved for use by the FDA under EUAs. 
  • Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses – an initial shot that will be followed by a second shot weeks later. UK HealthCare is prepared to provide individuals with both doses, as well as a third-shot booster when sufficient time has elapsed. Read more about the vaccines.
  • UK HealthCare does not charge for COVID vaccination. No proof of insurance is required.
  • Those who cannot access our online tools, or need assistance filling out this form, may call 859-218-6221 for assistance. If you are a UK student or employee and need assistance with an appointment at the Gatton Student Center, please call UK Health Corps at 859-218-SAFE (7233).
  • If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit our FAQs.
  • If you have a health condition and have questions about whether vaccination is recommended for you, please talk to your health care provider.
  • Pediatric vaccination clinic for ages 5-17

    Our kids vaccination clinic is low stress!

    COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for children age 5-17. To register your child(ren) for an appointment, you may click here or click on the green REQUEST A VACCINATION button below. Our pediatric vaccination clinic is located at 245 Fountain Court, off Man O' War Boulevard in Lexington. The location is easy-access and offers plenty of free surface parking, and we've made every effort to make the experience low-stress for kids. The clinic is open 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays. (Appointments for adults are available at this location Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. See other adult locations below.) You may register up to five children for one appointment. Invitations to make an appointment for your child(ren) will be sent to you via email as appointments are available. Please note that a parent or legal guardian must accompany all children to the appointment. 

  • Booster shots encouraged for everyone age 16 and up

    Adults (age 18 and over)

    Booster shots are now available and encouraged for all adults in the United States who previously received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Note that we no longer offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; those who received this vaccine and wish to have a booster may choose one of the other vaccines.)

    People age 18 and over may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, while others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

    Adolescents age 16 and 17

    Boosters are now approved for people age 16 and 17. Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for these ages. At least six months must have elapsed since the completion of the primary two-shot vaccination series. PLEASE NOTE THAT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY ALL MINORS TO THE VACCINATION APPOINTMENT.

    To register for a booster appointment

    Anyone who wishes to receive a booster should register for an appointment using the green REQUEST A VACCINATION button above. You must bring your CDC vaccination card or proof of vaccination to the appointment. (Lost your card? Request a copy.) Note that replacement cards cannot be issued at the booster appointment.

  • Vaccination Locations

    UK HealthCare now offers vaccinations at:

    Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Pfizer only.

    • 740 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy is located just inside the main entrance of the Kentucky Clinic Building, near the information desk. Short-term parking spaces reserved for pharmacy customers are available on the front loop of the building. You may also park in the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage on Huguelet Avenue. (There is a charge for parking.) From the garage, enter the building through the double doors, turn right and walk down the long hallway. Take the elevator on the left at the end of the hall to the first floor if necessary. As you exit the elevator, the pharmacy will be directly to your left. 

    Turfland Retail Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-Friday; Pfizer and Moderna

    • 2195 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Turfland Retail Pharmacy is located inside the UK HealthCare outpatient services center at Turfland, 2195 Harrodsburg Road. Free surface parking is available. Park anywhere and enter via the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center entrance. Walk straight until you reach the pharmacy. Please note that curbside service is not available at this time. 

    University Health Pharmacy – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Pfizer (every day), and Moderna (Fridays only)

    • 830 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536 

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: For University Health Pharmacy, park in the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage on Huguelet Avenue. (Note that there will be a fee for parking.) As you enter the Kentucky Clinic building from the garage, go through the large double doors immediately in front of you and, if necessary, take the elevator to the first floor. Exit the elevator to the left and proceed down the long hallway toward the Starbucks. Just past the Starbucks, there will be a vestibule with vending machines to the right. Exit the building there, and cross directly into the University Health Service Building. Vaccinations will be given on the first floor, in the open area just past the staircase. 

    Fountain Court, first floor –

    ADULT Clinic (ONLY 12 years old and older)- Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Pfizer and Moderna

    PEDIATRIC Clinic (ONLY 5-17 year olds)- Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pfizer only

    • 245 Fountain Court, Lexington, KY 40509

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Fountain Court is located near the intersection of Richmond Rd and Man O'War Blvd. Please enter through Blazer Pkwy off Man O'War Blvd, and take a left onto Fountain Court and follow the signs to building 245. Free surface parking is available. The vaccination clinic is located on the first floor.

    Blue Box Theater, Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pfizer and Moderna

    • 160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508 

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Paid public parking is available at the front of the student center. Access the parking lot via Avenue of Champions. Enter the building and walk straight ahead. When you reach the large open staircase, the Blue Box Theater will be on your right.

  • Need a flu shot, too?

    If you are an adult (age 18 and over) and would like to receive your seasonal flu shot at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccination, please just let us know when you arrive for your appointment. The CDC has said it is safe and effective to receive both shots at the same appointment.

    Flu shots are not available for children age 5-17 at COVID-19 vaccination appointments. 

    You must be eligible and sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination to receive your flu shot. Please note that a flu shot can be added to a COVID vaccination appointment, but a COVID vaccination cannot be added to a flu shot appointment.

    If you would like to receive a flu shot ONLY, you must make a flu shot appointment. SATURDAY HOURS AVAILABLE. For more information on flu shots and other available vaccinations, visit our vaccinations page