4.7.21: UPDATE: Bethlehem Health Bureau COVID Vaccine Clinics for Lehigh Faculty & Staff

A message sent to faculty, staff, and TA/RA/GAs.

Dear Colleagues,

With all staff and faculty, including RA/GA/TAs, now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, we wanted to share some news about accessing the vaccine.

Bethlehem Health Bureau Vaccination Clinics
Thanks to your survey responses, the Health Bureau has determined that they will host two vaccination clinics with priority registration for Lehigh faculty and staff.

The clinics will be held at the Wind Creek Event Center on April 14 and 16. To register, please use the following links:

● April 14 Registration (10:00-4:00)
● April 16 Registration (10:00-4:00)

To ensure that appointments for these specific clinics are prioritized for Lehigh staff and faculty, please do not share these registration links with anyone other than Lehigh employees. We are grateful to the Bethlehem Health Bureau and the many volunteers staffing their clinics for their partnership.

In preparation for April 19 when all individuals will be eligible, the Health Bureau is working on vaccination opportunities for students, and we will communicate with the Lehigh community as new information becomes available.

There are many other providers and vaccination clinics that also have a supply of the vaccine. Supply may vary by your location. Visit the Commonwealth’s page for more information. The Lehigh website will be updated with any Lehigh-specific vaccination policies and information.

Time Away From Work for Vaccination
Regardless of where you get vaccinated, if the appointment falls during the workday, staff will need to account for their time. All staff should treat this appointment as they would any other medical appointment. If you are able to flex your time, you may do so with your supervisor’s approval. Otherwise, you may use sick leave or other approved leave.

If you have exhausted your sick leave, you may request time through the COVID-related sick leave bank. To access that leave, please fill out this form.

Lehigh encourages all staff and faculty members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. All of the vaccines currently available in the United States are safe and highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death from the virus. Widespread vaccination in our community is a key to our ability to return to regular campus operations.

Sincerely,

Nathan Urban
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chris Halladay
Associate Vice President for Human Resources