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October 28, 2021

With the updated federal guidance on COVID-19 boosters issued recently, you may now be eligible to receive another dose.

I encourage you to see whether you meet current CDC guidance for an additional dose. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. Data show that a booster dose increases immunity and improves protection against COVID-19, including the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Booster shots are available at many convenient locations, including the Student Health Center. Students, faculty and staff who completed their initial Pfizer and Moderna vaccine series at least six months ago and those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago can receive a Pfizer booster vaccine at the health center (regardless of whether their initial series was Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).

Visit to find an additional site near you and to schedule an appointment.

Especially with the holiday season approaching, it is important that each of us take this step now to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Flu shots offer another added layer of protection against illness, especially while COVID-19 is still present in our community. Flu shots are available for free for all UCF students, thanks to the student health fee, via walk up or during other appointments at the Student Health Center. Flu shots also are available through Student Health Services and UCF Health for faculty and staff, with the costs potentially covered through insurance.

Thank you for all your efforts to Armor Up and protect one another.

Dr. Michael Deichen, MD, MPH
Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services