Letter from the Director

Taking Charge of Your Health

University of Florida students:

Berry_LfDThe past academic year brought unprecedented challenges for our campus community. But as always, the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) remains here to help you with your health and wellness needs.

Each year, our clinical staff handles about 60,000 visits — helping UF students with general wellness, women’s health, sports medicine, acute care and psychiatric concerns. While in-person visits are welcome, many students have also taken advantage of our telehealth (virtual) visits, which can typically address most health concerns. Other services offered at SHCC include nutrition services, physical therapy, X-rays and STI testing or other lab testing. Additionally, the SHCC Pharmacy is open to students who need a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.

Another important service available at SHCC is immunization. Our annual influenza (flu) shot campaign takes place each fall semester, and we encourage you to take charge and get vaccinated. Vaccines are an effective way to reduce your chances of getting the virus, which can sometimes lead to negative effects on your personal and academic success, like forcing you to miss classes or keep you from coming to campus.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already done so. If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are continuing to wear your mask, thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and those around you safe. If you would like to get your COVID-19 vaccination, please schedule an appointment with us.

In addition to helping you take charge of your health, vaccinations also help protect the campus community. If you get your flu and/or COVID-19 shot, continue to take charge by checking your records to determine if you have completed your HPV and meningitis vaccinations, or if you need a Tdap (tetanus) booster shot. The goal of all these vaccinations is to protect you against infection, which could cause serious complications.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes in our main facility to make your visit as safe as possible. All patients being seen for concerns that are consistent with COVID-19 are directed to a separate team to be seen by a provider and tested if needed. If the reason for an appointment is not COVID-related, our medical screener greeting you at the front entrance will clear you to enter the building after verifying you don’t have symptoms. Since we are a medical facility, everyone inside our building must also wear a mask to add another layer of protection. Seating in our waiting areas is spaced out to allow for physical distancing, and hand sanitizer remains available for everyone in the building.

We will continue to regularly evaluate all of our processes at SHCC and make improvements when necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to serve you and do everything we can to empower you to take charge of your health and wellness needs.

Your SHCC Director,

Ronald Berry, M.D.