USF Health suspends new appointments for COVID-19 vaccine indefinitely

Until more doses are received, USF Health will not schedule new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Without additional doses given by hospital partners or the state, USF Health suspended the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the USF community after exhausting its supplies. 

The latest decision will halt the scheduling of new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine until a new batch of doses is received. All appointments of eligible students, faculty and staff who have already taken the first dose of the vaccine will be retained. Individuals who have already scheduled their appointments for the first dose will also be able to receive it “as supply of the vaccine permits.”

There’s no estimate of when more doses will become available. Until then, no new appointments will be scheduled.

Individuals who are 65 and older can still schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through their local counties. 

“While USF hopes to receive more doses in the future, members of the university community who are interested and eligible are encouraged to continue pursuing vaccination appointments through their local county,” university spokesperson Adam Freeman said in an email to The Oracle. 

The university also sent out a survey to “gauge interest in the vaccine and assist in scheduling appointments once additional doses of the vaccine are made available.” While there are no vaccines available yet, students, staff and faculty can still fill out the survey to be added to the queue.

This is a developing story. Stay with The Oracle for more updates.