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COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

 

As of Monday, April 5, anyone over 16 years of age who lives, works or studies in the State of Wisconsin is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.  This includes all MIAD students.

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 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 16 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 16-17 years of age. 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, but has limited availability in the area.

  • Pfizer has 21 days between the first and second dose.  If a student receives their first dose by Friday, April 9, they will be able to receive a second dose on April 30 (the last day of classes).  Therefore, immediately scheduling a first appointment will be important for many students.

  • Moderna has 28 days between the first and second dose. MIAD students who are traveling home at the end of the semester will need to arrange a second dose at home.

Ideally students would get fully vaccinated by the end of the semester.  However, if the timing doesn’t work to receive two doses, get the first dose as soon as possible.  There is strong evidence that waiting up to three months for a second dose has no significant downside, provides strong protection after two weeks, and there’s a high likelihood that all three vaccines will be available over summer in most parts of the country.

 

 

 

What are my local vaccination options?

Wisconsin Center
500 W. Wells St.
1 mile from campus, largest vaccine center in the area. Now accepting walk-in vaccinations without an appointment.  Eligible for anyone who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin.
https://mke-vaccines.egov.com/

Summerfest
200 N. Harbor Drive
0.6 miles from campus, closest large vaccination site (appointment needed, walking distance from campus), appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
https://www.picknsave.com/rx/covid-eligibility

  • select ‘Wisconsin’

  • complete other screening questions

  • Find Location: 53202

  • Choose appointment for “Summerfest Clinic”
    (or choose another Pick n Save location)

In addition, many pharmacies throughout the state / country are now vaccinating. This includes Kroeger, Pic n Save, Meijer, Walgreens, Hayat Pharmacy, and other smaller pharmacies.  Most require appointments through an online form.

UPDATE – THESE SITES HAVE NOW CLOSED DUE TO THE SCHOOLS REOPENING
If you live in the following zip codes, you can get vaccinated without an appointment:

53204,  53205,  53206,  53209,  53215
53216,  53218,  53223,  53224,  53233

Locations:
North Division High School
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

South Division High School
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

 

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.

 

For students who are currently living out of state, use this guide to determine your state’s current vaccine eligibility: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine-a-state-by-state-guide-11611703769

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

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