Covid19 Vaccine Information

While Amherst College is not a distribution site, we will work with local pharmacies to get students who haven't had access to vaccines prior to arrival vaccinated, either here on campus or at a local pharmacy.

8.18.21

New Check-in Procedure

In-person appointments will be checked-in from outside of Keefe Health Center at the side entrance next to Moore Dorm. Check-ins for the Acute Care Clinic will be done outside of the main entrance to Residence Hall A(formerly known as Taplin). This will be done by mobile device. Please be sure to ‘Enable Text’ on your mobile device. To do so log into your Patient Portal, click your name in the top right corner and select ‘edit your profile.’ Scroll down and enter your cell phone number and check box opting for SMS text messaging. This step only needs to be done once. Enabling text will allow you to receive a text message with a link to check in on the Patient Portal. This text is only sent if you have enabled text prior to scheduling your appointment. You can check-in to your appointments when you are within 0.1 mile of the location of your appointment.

If you do not ‘Enable Text’ prior to your appointment please visit the homepage of your Patient Portal, scroll to and select ‘upcoming appointments’ at the bottom of the page. Use the check-in box under the appointment you have for that day.

Once checked in you will be prompted to answer questionnaires and fill out any forms you will need for your visit. When you have finished, staff inside will then be alerted bring you into the Health Center directly to your exam room.

If you are 10 minutes late for your appointment you will be unable to check-in remotely. Please give the Health Center a call to reschedule.

 2.3.2021

Vaping Advisory from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

CDC officials recommend that people not use e-cigarettes and say that those who continue to use e-cigarettes should seek medical attention with any health concerns.  The sale of e-cigarettes in now illegal in the state of Massachusetts. 

As of October 8th, the CDC and FDA are tracking reports of 1,299 cases of severe lung illnesses associated with use of e-cigarette products (i.e., devices, liquids, refill pods and cartridges).  Twenty sixth related deaths have been confirmed. Many of these deaths have been linked to the use THC products but it is important to note that no specific e-cigarette product, substance or additive has been identified as present in all cases. Up to date information on lung injuries associated with vaping can be found at www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.

Nicotine is an addictive substance and it can be difficult to stop using it without assistance.  Our Student Health Services has providers that can work with you.  Please call to set up an appointment if you would like further information.  When appropriate, medications might help.  Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are available over the counter without a prescription. 

There are also other resources available.   

- A provider may refer you to QuitWorks online. 

call the Massachusetts Quitline 1-800-QuitNow (7 days per week/24 hours per day, holiday hours may vary) to receive counseling online, by phone or through eChat and at least four weeks of free nicotine patches. 

My Life, My Quit™  has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. For more information or to sign up online, visit mylifemyquit.com.

- Visit mass.gov/vaping to learn about vaping addiction, health, and quitting.

Please contact the Health Center with questions or concerns