COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated Feb. 25, 2021 | Questions? Email

When will COVID-19 vaccinations be available for our students? (Updated 2/26/21)

The state of Missouri's vaccine distribution has progressed to Phase 1B, Tier 2 and there is currently an exceptionally limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Missouri.

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.

Vaccines - Frequently Asked Questions

Please understand that KCU is not administering or scheduling the vaccination processes throughout the Kansas City and Joplin regions. Oversight of that process is being done by the local public health departments. KCU students and faculty are volunteering in efforts that have used both Moderna and Pfizer. Both require a booster shot.


There is no typical timeframe for how long the vaccine will be effective. Although it is important to understand how the COVID-19 vaccines work. The vaccination protects you from getting severely ill, not from becoming infected or transmitting the disease.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


KCU is conducting a research project involving antibody testing. Stay tuned for more information about how you can participate in this endeavor.


KCU first- and second-year medical students stepped up and responded to opportunities to volunteer to give COVID-19 vaccinations. Committing to work four hours per week, our COM Classes of 2023 and 2024 have joined the health departments, National Guard and KCU clinical partners within our Kansas City and Joplin communities to augment the vaccination workforce.


The KCMO Health Department is coordinating the vaccination effort throughout Kansas City, Missouri. They utilize the KCU-KC campus as one site to vaccinate tier-appropriate people. Joplin is vaccinating at sites that are chosen by the National Guard and are all off campus.


A limited number of KCU employees were included in the groups vaccinated as a part of the KCMO Health Departments clinic held on our campus during the weeks of Jan. 18 and 25. These people were primarily clinical faculty and individuals who are essential to keeping our campus open during this Reawakening Phase. These vaccinations were available because of a small overage of vaccinations delivered to the Health Department which would have been wasted had the University not taken advantage of the offer on short notice.


KCU students and clinical faculty are volunteers of the KCMO Health Department and KCU-Joplin clinical partners' efforts to administer vaccinations as quickly as possible, to the extent that supply is available. They also make up part of the vaccination workforce being coordinated by the Missouri National Guard. All logistical coordination and scheduling is handled by the health departments and the National Guard.


Yes. Masking, handwashing, physical distancing and avoiding large crowds remain necessary until enough of the population is immune.

  • We have enough evidence on the vaccine being about 95% effective at protecting us from severe symptoms and death. This means the vaccine is proven to be effective on the symptoms. We do not yet have enough evidence as to how much the vaccine stops the spreading of the virus from those vaccinated to those not vaccinated. Hence, to protect those who are not yet vaccinated, it is important we continue to follow common CDC guidelines until we get most of the population vaccinated (75%).
  • Immunity begins about a week after getting the 2nd dose (for both Pfizer & Moderna).
  • If you have contracted Covid-19 and were treated using antibody therapy, then vaccination is recommended only after 90 days of getting infected.


Effective March 1, 2021, KCU will enter Phase 4 of our reawakening plan. With respect to further reopening, we will continuously monitor metrics and our gating criteria to appropriately determine what phase the University should be in. That could mean moving to Phase 5 or regressing to Phase 3; however we cannot set a timeframe.


KCU continues to require a baseline PCR test prior to employees’ first time return to campus. This requirement includes adjunct faculty and student facing visitors. All other visitors must check in at the campus desk in the Administration Buidling to complete and pass the KCU screening test. All employees and students must continue to take the KCU screening test on the KCU Screening app.

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 Navigator.

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.