Dear Students and Lehigh Families,
As of today, all Pennsylvania adults (16 and older) are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID -19 vaccine. This includes all Lehigh students.
Given this earlier expansion of vaccine eligibility, students may be able to receive both doses of the vaccine before departing campus at the end of the semester. Students should pay attention to the timeframe for first and second doses if getting a vaccine that requires two doses. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, students who receive their first dose of a vaccine in Pennsylvania and must travel home before they are eligible to receive their second dose should be able to receive their second dose in their home communities.
Schedule an Appointment for a Vaccine
- Students no longer need a certificate of eligibility to schedule an appointment.
- LVHN’s patient portal, MyLVHN, is the fastest and easiest way to schedule. If you have a MyLVHN account, log in and click “Schedule your appointment” next to the vaccination announcement on the home screen. You also can click “COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling” in the menu, or click “Visits” and “Schedule an appointment.”
- If you do not have a MyLVHN account, visit LVHN.org/appointment and follow the directions, or call LVHN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD) Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Appointments are available at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, LVH–Hazleton and LVH–Schuylkill, as well as at clinics located at the former A.C. Moore store, 2633 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, and at Northampton Crossings shopping center in the former Sears Appliance and Hardware store, 3768 Easton Nazareth Highway, Lower Nazareth Township.
Bethlehem Health Bureau
- Visit the Bethlehem Health Bureau’s website and click on “COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Dates and Registration” to schedule an appointment on an upcoming clinic date. Please note the separate scheduling links for first and second doses.
- Once you receive your first dose, you will receive an email to schedule your second dose.
- Set up a St. Luke’s My Chart account via the St. Luke’s website.
- Log in and click the link on the home screen to complete the vaccine pre-registration form.
- You will receive an email notification when appointments are available.
Visit the Commonwealth’s page for more information about other vaccine providers in Pennsylvania. The supply of vaccines may vary by location. Each supplier may also require different information that you are required to provide to reserve an appointment.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until at least April 20 following the recommendation out of an abundance of caution from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No similar adverse events have been identified with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
- Undergraduate students should follow the health and safety guidelines outlined for age requirements by vaccine; Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for 16 and up, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are currently authorized for ages 18 and up.
Please visit our dedicated Lehigh vaccination webpage that compiles FAQs and additional links to external resources. This page will also be updated with any Lehigh-specific vaccination policies and information.
When students complete their vaccination, they should upload proof of their completed vaccination to the Health and Wellness Center (see details below) so they will not need to be quarantined if they are identified as a close contact of someone infected with COVID.
Submitting Your Vaccination Information
- Students who have been vaccinated are not required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, as long as they are not experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
- Other modifications to our COVID rules are being considered as well. For these modifications to apply, students must upload a copy of their COVID vaccination card on the HWC health portal, including documentation of their full name, name of vaccine received, and the administration date for both doses.
- Regardless of vaccination status, anyone who exhibits new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be evaluated for COVID-19 testing.
This new phase in vaccine distribution brings us even closer to the resumption of the residential living and learning experience we have all missed. We encourage all students who are able to get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President of Student Affairs
Executive Director, Health and Wellness Center