This fall and winter, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to support the health and well-being of yourself, your friends and family and the Syracuse University community. As recommended by the Public Health and Emergency Management subcommittee of the Fall 2021 reopening taskforce, the University expects that all faculty and staff receive a flu vaccine to help further protect the campus community from COVID-19.
Ways faculty/staff can get vaccinated
- Visit your primary care doctor: If you are a member of a Syracuse University health plan, you and your eligible dependents may obtain covered vaccines through your doctor’s office using your Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) ID card. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months or older, and a high-dose vaccine may be available to individuals age 65 years or older.
- Stop by a local pharmacy: For maximum flexibility, you may use either your OptumRx or your Excellus BCBS member ID card when receiving covered vaccines at a participating pharmacy for $0 copay.
- Attend a flu clinic at Syracuse University: Check out the fall 2021 on-campus flu vaccine clinics for faculty and staff.
- Make an appointment at the Barnes Center: Faculty and staff can make an appointment to receive the flu vaccine at the Barnes Center by calling 315.443.5691. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Flu vaccine reporting for faculty/staff
- If you received your flu vaccine at a clinic held at the Barnes Center or Skybarn, no further action is needed.
- If you received your flu vaccine outside of a University clinic or are eligible for a medical or religious exemption, you will be expected to complete the brief flu attestation survey using the button below.
- What qualifies as a medical exemption from the influenza vaccine? If your physician indicates that in their professional opinion, flu immunization is medically contraindicated and would endanger your health—this would qualify as a medical exemption.
- What qualifies as a religious exemption from the influenza vaccine? If receiving the flu immunization conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs—this would qualify as a religious exemption.