A nurse rolls up the sleeve of a masked man with short hair, preparing to give him a covid vaccine.

Vaccinations are free

COVID-19 vaccines are available for free, regardless of insurance coverage. If you’re interested in receiving the vaccine through CU Boulder, please add or update your information through the CU Boulder COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form.

If you have additional questions about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact Buff Info:
Phone: 303-492-4636
 Email: buffinfo@colorado.edu

CU Boulder Medical Services is a provider for distributing COVID-19 vaccines. Here are four reasons to get vaccinated.

Protection against COVID-19

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an effective way to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. Vaccines can help protect you by preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Even if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past, it’s important to get vaccinated against the virus. Medical experts are still unsure how long people are protected from reinfection after recovering from the virus. Getting the vaccine and continuing to follow public health guidelines is the best way to protect yourself from becoming infected again.

While the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, getting vaccinated plays an important role in allowing us to return to a traditional CU Boulder experience this fall.

COVID vaccines are safe and effective

Since the beginning of the year, more than 90 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As part of the vaccine rollout, organizations like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have ensured the safety of vaccine recipients by providing the most thorough safety monitoring in U.S. history.

Each of the approved vaccines was evaluated through clinical trials and met the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality that are required for emergency use authorization (EUA) status.

Watch this video to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines are made.

Vaccines will not infect you with COVID

None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain live virus. This means that the vaccines cannot infect you with COVID-19, and you will not test positive for a viral test.

It is important to remember that if your body develops an immune response, there is a possibility you may test positive for some antibody tests. A positive antibody test does not mean you are currently infected.

Watch this video to learn more about how vaccines work in the body.

Vaccine side effects are usually mild and temporary

Many people do not experience side effects after vaccination. If you do experience side effects, they are usually mild and go away within a few days. Common vaccine side effects include:

  • Pain or swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Fever

It’s important to remember that side effects are normal (and may be more common after the second dose) and show that your immune system is building up protection against the virus.

If you have questions or concerns about possible side effects from the vaccine, contact your doctor or health care provider. 

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine