Individuals also may visit vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Vaccines will continue to be available for students at University Health Services.
For questions about vaccination, please contact HR-COVID19@fsu.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review information on 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.
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.
The vaccine is not mandatory. Employees and students will be able to choose whether they receive it; although, we expect participation to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and other members of the University community.
Face coverings are no longer required on campus. However, individuals who wish to practice social distancing and maskin-wearing can continue to do so.
You are considered fully vaccinated fourteen (14) days after completing the vaccination series (for Pfizer it is after both does are received). Guidance on how fully vaccinated individuals can visit safely with others can be found on the CDC website.
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. Additionally, according to the CDC and public health officials, you should defer a vaccination if you have a history of severe COVID illness and you were treated with COVID-19 antibodies within the past 3 months.
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:
- 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
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.