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Vaccination Information (9/27/21)
Vaccine Availability and Distribution
The university strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated. The State of Florida has made vaccines widely available to everyone medically eligible. For the convenience of our students, faculty and staff, our campuses are hosting weekly vaccine clinics. The dates, times and other information appear below.
In addition, USF Health continues to offer vaccines at the Morsani Clinic (13330 USF Laurel Drive); please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment at USF Health. The Morsani Clinic also accepts walk-ins Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm. (NOTE: Students should go to the campus clinics listed below for free COVID-19 vaccines, and to the Student Health Services/Wellness Centers on their campus for no cost/low cost medical services covered by student fees.)
Vaccine Booster Shots
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients only:
USF is pleased to now offer free COVID-19 booster shots to all eligible individuals, which includes those over 65 years old, those who are considered high-risk, as well as anyone in the teaching profession, as long as it has been at least six months since their last dose. USF will also provide boosters to eligible family members of USF faculty, staff and students.
Faculty and staff can make an appointment by writing to email@example.com. The Morsani Clinic (13330 USF Laurel Drive) also accepts walk-ins Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm. Established USF Health patients can make a vaccine appointment through MyChart. Additionally, Student Health Services on all three of our campuses will also be offering the vaccine booster to those eligible by filling out an intake form or calling 813-974-2331.
USF is offering COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines will be available to USF students, faculty, staff and family members. For the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. We encourage appointments but will make every attempt to accommodate walk-ins in a timely manner.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 445-4976.
- August 17 – end of fall semester, 2021:Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am – 2 pm, Argos Study Lounge (RAR 231, second floor above Argos Exchange Dining Hall)
St. Petersburg campus
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (727) 873-4422 and selecting option “2”.
- August 3 – end of fall semester, 2021 (except August 17): Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm, Wellness Center (SLC 2200, 131 6th Avenue South)
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 974-2331.
- August 18 – end of fall semester, 2021: Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Student Engagement suite (8350 N. Tamiami Trail)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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
- 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 until you are fully protected.
- You are considered fully protected two weeks after your final dose.
- Read CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
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.
Find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine at the following websites.
Frequently Asked Questions
USF strongly recommends students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to minimize health impacts and reduce the spread of variants, though vaccination is not required. The State of Florida has made vaccines widely available to everyone medically eligible.
For the convenience of our students, faculty and staff, Student Health Services is hosting vaccine clinics through the fall semester (dates, times, and locations listed at the top of this page). In addition, USF Health continues to offer vaccines at the Morsani Clinic; please write to email@example.com to request an appointment at USF Health.
Dates and times may shift depending on supply.
Donna Petersen, dean of USF's College of Public Health, answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines.