COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated Jan. 19, 2021 | Questions? Email

When will COVID-19 vaccinations be available for our students? (Updated 1/16/21)

The state of Missouri's vaccine distribution moved from Phase 1A to Phase 1B, Tier 1 on 1/14/21, and will move into Phase 1B, Tier 2 beginning 1/18/21. 

To KCU Students: More information will come through your email. 

As a reminder, the release of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has been made possible through a federal Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which means the vaccines are not available for purchase or distribution outside of the EUA indications and state restrictions.  

Third- and fourth-year medical students were included in the state Phase 1A calculations of need. Your hospitals and core sites should be including you in their plans, but it's unlikely you will be prioritized before critical healthcare personnel at your sites. It is important that everyone maintain the mitigation strategies mandated at your sites and by your preceptors by:

  • wearing masks and goggles/face shields
  • washing your hands frequently
  • maintaining physical distancing as appropriate
  • not attending gatherings where risk is increased.

KCU Supports Vaccination and Immunization

Kansas City University strongly adheres to the medical evidence demonstrating that immunizations protect the public from highly communicable and deadly diseases. Throughout the university’s history, our student education has integrated and continues to support vaccination guidelines as set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

KCU advocates for and will participate in efforts to provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccinations in order to further our mission to improve the well-being of the communities we serve.

KCU considers any physician alumni who espouse disinformation regarding the COVID-19 or other vaccinations to be in complete misalignment with the teachings they received during their training at KCU.

For additional information about what KCU students need to know about KCU's Campus Reawakening and protocols, visit the Reawakening Students FAQ page. For more information about the state's distribution of vaccines, visit the State of Missouri's vaccine website.

What to Do if You Are Sick

Who is my KCU contact?

Score 1 For Health (1-877-425-0251) will be the initial point of contact for all KCU employees. Score 1 will assist in the communication to supervisors and HR to ensure that status of individuals is known while providing a single point of contact and repository for health matter intake and also maintaining a level of confidentiality relative to specific health issues. Score 1 will assist with follow-ups for positive screenings, expanded contact tracing, and general questions.

What if I have a Positive Screening?

Employees with any positives on the screening questionnaire, exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100.0 will be required to stay home and make contact with Score 1 at 1-877-425-0251.

Return to campus after a positive screening can be accomplished by passing the self-screen, or clearance from a healthcare provider (i.e. reported symptom that resulted in positive screening was evaluated and attributed to another medical condition).

What if I have a positive COVID-19 viral test?

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 during the KCU testing events will be notified by KCU’s Score 1 for Health and will receive instructions for proceeding. Students who do not have a health-care provider within your campus community will be referred to one of KCU’s clinical partners. Return to campus can be accomplished only after receiving clearance from your health-care provider with the criteria of having no fever, improved symptoms, and receiving two negative COVID-19 viral tests in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart.