Options for Faculty, Staff Vaccination Coverage Expanded; Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates Announced

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Annual vaccination is an important step people can take to protect themselves and others from the flu. The Office of Human Resources has announced that University health plan participants may now get flu shots and other covered vaccines at more than 68,000 pharmacies with $0 copay. In addition, several convenient and free on-campus flu clinics for 2017 have been announced.

University health plan participants can now utilize their OptumRx member ID card and receive a flu vaccination and other covered vaccines through OptumRx’s pharmacy network with $0 copay. For vaccines not provided through a pharmacy, members may continue to obtain covered vaccines through their doctor’s office using their POMCO member ID card through Dec. 31.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, when Excellus BlueCross BlueShield becomes the Syracuse University health care provider, University health plan participants may use either their OptumRx or their Excellus BlueCross BlueShield member ID card when receiving covered vaccines at a participating pharmacy with $0 copay. For vaccines not provided through a pharmacy, members may obtain covered vaccines through their doctor’s office using their Excellus BlueCross BlueShield ID card.

With the expansion of participating pharmacies, including most national chain pharmacies and independent local pharmacies, health plan participants can identify a participating pharmacy online by logging into www.optumrx.com or by using the mobile app.

Campus Flu Clinics

In addition, Syracuse University Health Services and the Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Onondaga County Health Department, will continue their partnership and offer free flu vaccines to the Syracuse University community. This year, Health Services will be immunizing with the broader quadrivalent flu vaccine to protect against four strains of influenza viruses.

There are several upcoming opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get the flu vaccine on campus. Plan to stop by to get your vaccine to maximize your protection throughout the flu season.

For faculty and staff:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, at a Benefits Fair, 11 a.m.-2. p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium (Graduate assistants and retirees are welcome to attend the fair and receive a free flu vaccine.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Monday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Skytop Office Building, large conference room (second floor)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Miron Special Events Room, 303 Newhouse 1

For undergraduate and graduate students with an active SU ID:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Students will receive email notification about additional clinics that will be set up at Health Services, as well as various residence halls around campus.
  • Flu vaccinations are also available to students at the pharmacy at Health Services on a walk-in basis.

Individuals must present an SU ID at the clinic to receive the vaccine. Temporary employees may show an alternate picture ID. No appointments are necessary.

For general questions about the flu vaccine or if you are a student with questions, please call SU Health Services at 315.443.9005. Faculty and staff may contact the University Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu or the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or hrservice@syr.edu with any questions.

Benefits Fair Sept. 14 Spotlights University Benefits and Healthy Living Information Sept. 14

As part of the total rewards for working at Syracuse University, the Office of Human Resources will offer a Benefits Fair featuring a variety of resources for being healthier at work and at home, The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Flanagan Gymnasium. It will also include free flu shots with an SU ID and is open to Syracuse University faculty, staff, graduate assistants and retirees.

Supervisor Resource Sessions and Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Orientations Sept. 7 and Oct. 17

As part of the University’s ongoing effort to offer professional development opportunities, Carebridge will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 17 to promote awareness about the benefits of the Syracuse University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Carebridge Senior Vice President Mary Dougherty-Hunt will welcome faculty and staff at the Hall of Languages, Room 500 on September 7 for a variety of services and support that includes:

  • Supervisor Resource Sessions, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • This session will ensure supervisors are fully aware of the supervisor resources and tools available through Carebridge as well as how to effectively communicate this benefit to their staff. Registration required.
  • General Orientation of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, 11-11:45 a.m. (no registration required)
    • This presentation will provide an overview of the confidential resources and services provided through Carebridge that support the emotional well-being, work-life balance, and personal resilience of eligible members of the campus community. No registration required
  • Meet and Greet, 12:15-1 p.m. (no registration required)
    • Stop by for a casual conversation; bring your questions about the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program or to pick up educational materials at the promotional table.

Benefits-eligible members of the Syracuse University community are invited to attend one or more of these upcoming sessions to learn more about the integrated, accessible, confidential support services available through Carebridge.

The full suite of Carebridge’s comprehensive services including a broad network of independent, licensed counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, online and telephonic support in a variety of work-life areas, as well as online resources at myliferesource.com; (the University’s access code is: WY6CE)  are available to all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

For your convenience, Carebridge will offer a similar day of programming including Supervisor Resource Sessions, General Orientations and an opportunity for Meet and Greet on Oct. 17.  For complete details visit http://wellness.syr.edu/blog/carebridge-onsite-visits/

Q&A: Bea Gonzalez on SU Employment Opportunities Workshop at the Warehouse

Office of Human Resources Talent Acquisition Managers Sharon Cole and Jose Miguel Longo met recently with community members for an employment information workshop at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse. The purpose was to educate those in attendance about Syracuse University’s online application process and encourage them to apply for open positions. We asked Vice President for Community Engagement Bea Gonzalez about how the event came about and plans for more like it.