Get the COVID-19 vaccine
Medical Services is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to CU Boulder students, staff and faculty. Vaccines are available by appointment at the Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg Health Center.
Who should get vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might get pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
If you are immunocompromised and received either the Pfizer™ or Moderna™ COVID-19 vaccines, you may benefit from an additional (3rd) dose of vaccine at least 28 days after the 2nd dose to boost your immune response to prevent severe illness from COVID-19. Examples of immunocompromise include having received an organ transplant, taking oral or injectable high-dose steroid medication or certain other immune system suppressing medication, and certain conditions/diagnoses that decrease function of your immune system. If you are unsure if a medication or condition/diagnosis qualifies as immunocompromising, contact a healthcare provider. If you are not immunocompromised, there is presently no recommendation for a 3rd dose of vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, staff and faculty beginning fall 2021.
The deadline for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty to complete the vaccine requirement process is Sept. 15, 2021.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 120 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 recipients by providing the most thorough safety monitoring in U.S. history.
If you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or are in isolation, you should wait until you complete your isolation and are no longer experiencing symptoms before getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
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.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
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 they are currently infected.
Side effects are 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:
It’s important to remember that side effects are normal and show that your immune system is building up protection against the virus.
Anyone who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant can receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from the vaccine cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
A severe allergic reaction to the vaccine is extremely rare. A small number of people (roughly 1 in 100,000) have had severe allergic reactions after the vaccine. After you receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be asked to stay for 15-30 minutes for observation in case of severe allergic reaction. If a severe allergic reaction occurs, our health care staff have medications available for immediate treatment. Learn more about CDC guidelines around allergies and the COVID-19 vaccines.
If you are allergic to other types of vaccines
If you’ve had an immediate allergic reaction (even if it was not severe) to another vaccine or injectable therapy, ask your healthcare provider if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your healthcare provider can help you determine if it is safe to get vaccinated.
If you have allergies not related to vaccines
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated even if you have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or other injectable medications, including food, pet, venom, environmental and latex allergies. People with a personal or family history of allergies to oral medications may also get vaccinated.