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
The CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster. Some people can receive two boosters.
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, including recommendations for a booster. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
The following COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to follow data related to vaccine effectiveness and safety, waning immunity, and protection against variants.
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.