Florida State University is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Per the Governor’s latest communications, we may now vaccinate all Floridians with any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At this time, the University is administering the Pfizer vaccine which is approved for individuals 12 years of age and older.
To register for a vaccine, please visit the registration site on availability and scheduling of clinic dates.
Please continue to look for FSU communications with updates on future distributions.
For questions about vaccination, please contact HR-COVID19@fsu.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which vaccines will FSU receive and how many doses will it receive?
At this time, we have Pfizer-BioNTech. Vaccine quantities are determined by the state.
Could I have an adverse reaction or side effect from the vaccine?
Please review the information on Pfizer-BioNTech. COVID-19 vaccines to learn about potential adverse reactions or side effects. As with most vaccines, some patients may experience these reactions. Consult with your primary care physician if you have concerns. These vaccines do not contain any part of the virus. The vaccines are designed to teach our bodies to make protective antibodies against the virus. Reactions, such as redness at the injection site or headache or fatigue, are a result of our immune system properly activating to fight the COVID virus.
If I received an initial dose of the vaccine off campus or with my primary physician, can I receive my second dose at FSU?
We encourage individuals who already received their initial vaccination at another location to follow-up with that provider for the second dose. Due to the limited supply chain, it is best to remain consistent. In the event you are unable to get your second dose from your previous provider, and the recommended waiting period has been completed, you may email the HR COVID-19 inbox at HR-COVID19@fsu.edu to determine if the University has any additional vaccine available. Please note, the University is only receiving vaccine for the doses that they are administering. If you register for the second dose at FSU without permission, your registration will be deleted.
Are there costs associated with the vaccination?
There is no individual cost associated with the vaccination. It’s free to all faculty, staff, and students.
What do I need to do to prepare for my vaccine?
Please remember to wear short sleeve clothing that can easily expose your arm on the day of your vaccination. You should also consider consulting with your current medical provider if you have specific medical concerns or situations.
Who is administering the vaccine?
The vaccine will be administered by health professionals employed by the University’s College of Medicine and University Health Services.
Will there be plans for vaccinations for FSU students/staff outside the Tallahassee area?
At this time, we do not have any immediate vaccine resources for FSU distribution in Bay county or Sarasota county but encourage employees to check with their medical providers for local resources. We will communicate when additional resources have been identified.
Is the vaccine mandatory?
The vaccine is not mandatory. Employees and students will be able to choose whether they receive it; although, we strongly encourage participation to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and other members of the University community.
Will social distancing and mask wearing still be mandated after I am vaccinated?
Yes. We are providing the vaccine to our FSU community, as allowable by state guidelines and based on quantities provided, because we recognize the benefits of the vaccine. However, it is important for you to continue wearing a mask and following other precautions, such as practicing physical distancing and frequently washing your hands, to help reduce your chance of being exposed to and spreading the virus. Please continue to wear a mask, practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing, and avoid large social gatherings.
How soon after getting vaccinated am I protected?
After you are fully vaccinated (i.e., after the second dose), you should develop immunity in about one to two weeks. You should continue to take other precautions, such as maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask.
If I had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need to get the vaccine?
It is recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 still get the vaccine. Currently, there is not enough research to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 if they have been infected previously. However, early evidence suggests that it may not be very long. People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should wait until they feel well and have completed their isolation period before receiving the vaccine.
How do I know if I should receive the vaccine?
There are some pre-existing medical conditions that may exclude you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and others that you may want to discuss with your primary care provider first in case you have additional questions.
If you have any of these conditions, please consider consultation with your current medical provider if you need guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for your specific situation:
- Breast feeding
- Compromised immune system (such as cancer or if you take certain immunosuppressive medications)
According to the CDC and public health professionals, there are times when you should defer a vaccination for COVID-19 and these include:
- If you have been given any other vaccine 2 weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You should also not have any other vaccine until more than 2 weeks after the COVID-19 vaccine.
- History of severe COVID illness and you were treated with COVID-19 antibodies within the past 3 months
- Currently have a moderate or severe illness
- Recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet recovered and been cleared from isolation
- Under quarantine as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Who should I contact if I have questions about whether to receive the vaccine?
You should contact your primary care physician to discuss your concerns. Additionally, the State of Florida has set up a 24-hour hotline that is dedicated to answer your questions or concerns about the vaccine. The number is 866-779-6121. The call center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.