COVID-19 Vaccine

Florida State University is partnering with Leon County Health Department to vaccinate our community to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  A limited allocation of vaccine was transferred to the University for vaccination of eligible individuals age 65 or older, consistent with state guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order.

At this time, the University has finished administering the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are now working on scheduling and administering second doses for those who received their initial dose from the University. We are hopeful we will be provided additional vaccines in the future.

If you have the opportunity to vaccinate outside the University, we encourage you to do so. Please continue to look for FSU communications with updates on future distributions. You may also check back here for future updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vaccines will FSU receive and how many doses will it receive?

At this time, we expect to receive shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech,  Moderna, and Janssen (aka Johnson & Johnson)Vaccine quantities in these shipments are determined by the state.

Could I have an adverse reaction or side effect from the vaccine?

Please review the information on both the Pfizer-BioNTechModerna, and  Janssen (aka Johnson & Johnson) 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.

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How do I register to receive the second dose of the vaccine?

The University will email you with more information on scheduling your second dose, if applicable, based on the vaccine you received, using the same email address you used when registering for the initial dose. Second doses are recommended for both Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna to be most effective. The second dose appointment for those two vaccine types will either be on or shortly after the minimum waiting period has passed. If you received your initial dose of Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna, and your minimum waiting period is close and you have not received an email to register, or you would like to monitor when your second dose date is scheduled, you can periodically check the registration site for second dose registration dates: Dates available for second doses are based on the initial dose and are limited. If you have questions related to your second dose, please contact

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.

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 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. 

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.

Am I eligible to receive the vaccine through the University if I am high risk?

While individuals with a compromised immune system have been authorized to receive the vaccine for some time in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ executive order, hospitals and primary care physicians are the only ones authorized for these types of vaccinations. At this time, the University cannot administer the vaccine to this population. Immunocompromised individuals should contact their primary care physician to inquire about vaccination.

Are there future plans for the rest of the campus community’s vaccination?

The initial distribution of the vaccine is specifically limited to those who are 65 years and older, in accordance with state guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order. We are working diligently to obtain more resources and hope to be able to expand the criteria for distribution soon. The State of Florida ultimately determines the overall priority for vaccines. In the meantime, we encourage you to consult with your primary physician and check with the Leon County Health Department for local vaccination options.

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, research is limited, and it is not fully understood yet whether vaccinated people can transmit the virus. 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.

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.

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:

  • Pregnancy 
  • 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
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