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Vaccination Information (5/12/21)

Vaccine Availability and Distribution

As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility continues to expand in the State of Florida, USF strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to sign up as soon as possible to receive the vaccine. Each of the available vaccines is extremely effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death. By getting vaccinated, you are doing your part to help protect our community and bring the pandemic to an end.

Vaccine Clinics May 17 - August 2, 2021

Beginning the week of May 17, USF will offer COVID-19 vaccines at all of our campuses. Vaccines will be available to USF students, future students, faculty, staff and family members. We will be hosting the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly through August 6:

  • Tampa, Thursdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: The Tampa campus will be offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 974-2331. Vaccines will be given at the Student Health Center located at 4701 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa, FL 33620.
  • St. Petersburg, Tuesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: The St. Petersburg campus will be offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (727) 873-4422 and selecting option “2”. Vaccines will be given at the Wellness Center located at 140 7th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
  • Sarasota-Manatee, Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: The Sarasota-Manatee campus will be offering the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 974-2331. Vaccines will be given at the Student Engagement Suite located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

Please note that USF Health is now offering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 and up. To make an appointment with USF Health please email covidvaccine@usf.edu.

You must bring your state ID or visa. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Please submit any questions to vaccine-info@usf.edu.

If you are unable to attend any of the above dates or times, you are also encouraged to take advantage of community resources such as pharmacies, including CVS, Publix and Walgreens. See the "Get the Vaccine" section below for links to individual county resources. Even if you are not an official Florida resident, you are encouraged to seek vaccination as soon as you can in Florida, as there may be different age requirements for vaccination in different states.


General COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines stimulate your body’s protective immune response so that if you are infected with a pathogen, your immune system can quickly prevent the infection from spreading within your body and causing disease.  COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. There are several vaccines currently available and more will be rolled out during 2021.

Vaccines – facts and myths

  • Vaccines DO introduce your immune system to non-dangerous components of the virus, such as the well-known “spike” of the coronavirus, so it will recognize it later and prevent the virus from spreading and causing illness.
  • All current vaccines DO show effective protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death.
  • Coronavirus research ISN’T new; coronavirus has been studied for several decades.
    mRNA technology ISN’T new; the science of mRNA has been studied for more than a decade.
  • mRNA vaccines DON’T contain a live virus and DON’T carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person.
  • mRNA from the vaccine NEVER enters the nucleus of the cell and DOESN’T affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
  • Vaccines DON’T interfere with testing for COVID-19.

After you’re vaccinated

  • Keep up with public health guidelines: Continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance. Why? A vaccine can prevent you from getting sick from the virus, but you can still carry the virus and potentially spread it to other people.
  • It can take two weeks after vaccination for your body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • You could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. You will most likely experience mild symptoms or asymptomatic infection. This is why masking and physical distancing are still very important.
  • You are considered fully protected two weeks after your final dose.

Still learning

  • Although COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting sick, scientists are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms. Early data show the vaccines do help keep people with no symptoms from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
  • So far, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize known variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway.
  • We’re also still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.

Continue public health measures

  • Until we know more, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep taking precautions in public places.
  • Continued efforts to follow public health mitigation strategies (vaccination, physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and isolation and quarantine) are essential to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and protect public health.

Current Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines

The following vaccines are currently authorized for distribution in the United States.

Get the Vaccine

Use the following websites to make an appointment or find walk-up vaccination sites.

Additional Resources

Find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine at the following websites.

Frequently Asked Questions


For additional questions, please email vaccine-info@usf.edu.