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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Vaccine Information for USF Faculty and Staff (3/29/21)

Dear faculty and staff:

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.

Effective today, Monday, March 29, anyone age 40 and up is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Effective Monday, April 5, anyone age 18 and up is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.

Through our continued partnership with the Florida Department of Health, the University of South Florida hopes to soon be able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible USF faculty and staff members. We sent out communication in early January to determine the number of individuals interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccine availability and distribution have become more available since that communication, we are re-circulating this survey to reassess the number of individuals who meet this criteria and are still in need of the COVID-19 vaccine.

At this time we are prioritizing our faculty and staff based on the governor’s eligibility, as the vaccine is still in short supply and our ability to obtain the vaccine varies from week to week. We are managing appointments in the order in which responses are received. You will be contacted as soon as we have an appointment available. You must complete the survey so that we can contact you to schedule an appointment.  If you completed the prior survey, you will still need to fill out this survey in order to be included. Survey results will be kept strictly confidential to the extent allowed by the law. Any interest expressed in receiving the vaccine will be non-binding and your survey answers will not be used for any other purpose. If you have already received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or are not interested in doing so, please do not complete this survey.

The vaccines will be given in person only with a scheduled appointment (no walk-ups) at the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care at 13330 Laurel Drive on the northwest corner of the Tampa campus.  Additional locations through USF may become available at a later time.

This is a two-dose vaccine; upon completion of the first dose, you will be scheduled for the second dose. If you have already received the first dose of the vaccine elsewhere, please do not fill out this survey, as these allotments will be for both the first and second vaccine. It is important that you receive your second dose from the same source you received the first dose. Once vaccinated, you will receive a CDC vaccination card. It is essential to keep this card for future verification of receiving the vaccine. We strongly recommend that you take a photo of this card and store it securely.

While USF works to obtain more supply of the vaccine for our community, you are also encouraged to utilize community resources such as pharmacies, including CVS, Publix and Walgreens, health department sites, Federally Qualified Health Centers (Tampa Family Health Centers) and the FEMA vaccine administration site located in Hillsborough County.

Florida Vaccine site:

Vaccine Finder:

Submit vaccine-related questions via email to


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 second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

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. 

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