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COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

 

Everyone in the United States over 12 years of age is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

While MIAD will not require students to receive the vaccination, nor track who has or has not been vaccinated, MIAD does recommend students strongly consider getting vaccinated. More information on the benefits and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC websiteThis guide is to assist those who choose to receive a vaccination.

 

Who is eligible to be vaccinated?

Anyone over 12 years of age.  All vaccines are proven to be safe and highly effective.  Of the three currently approved vaccines, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 12 years of age or older. If you have any medical concerns regarding the vaccine, contact your doctor or Marquette’s medical clinic.

 

Which vaccine should I receive? 

The best answer is “whichever vaccine that is made available to you.”  For a MIAD student at the end of the semester, especially those who will travel home, the answer might a little more complicated.  Each vaccine has different timing:

  • Johnson & Johnson is a single dose.

  • Pfizer has 21 days between the first and second dose.

  • Moderna has 28 days between the first and second dose.

Ideally students would get fully vaccinated before returning for the fall semester.

What are my local vaccination options?

Use https://vaccinefinder.org/ to find a nearby vaccination appointment.

 

What you’ll need to bring:

  • An ID card – use your MIAD student ID card if you don’t have a state-issued ID.

  • If you have medical insurance – bring your insurance card.

  • If you don’t have medical insurance – you can still receive the vaccine at no cost.

 

 

How to prepare for your vaccination:

  • Wear short sleeves to make it easier to get your shot.

  • Wear a mask and maintain normal social distancing.

  • You’ll need to stay for about 15 minutes after your vaccination to assure you do not have an allergic reaction to the shot (this is very rare).

 

 

What to expect after the vaccination:

You may have minor side effects, especially after the second dose:

  • Soreness in the injection area
  • Headaches
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches

You should not worry if you have minor side effects. This means the vaccine is working, preparing your body to fight the virus later.  While the chance is very rare, if you have severe side effects seek medical attention immediately.

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