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July 1, 2021

UCF is making it simple and convenient for all of our students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they have not yet already.

Up to 1,200 no-cost shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered at Student Health Services during a vaccine event at the Student Health Center July 7-9. Recipients will need to return for an appointment during July 28-30 to receive their second dose and become fully vaccinated.

In addition, Student Health Services is regularly offering the Pfizer vaccine Monday through Friday by appointment. Schedule your appointment today.

As campus activities pick up with the start of Summer B and with cases of the highly transmissible delta variant reported in Central Florida, it is so important that those who have not yet been vaccinated do so.

Vaccines are so key in our ability to all be together once again while also being protected from the virus. The CDC has updated guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated that allows for resuming many activities without wearing masks or physically distancing. Vaccinated persons may also refrain from testing after a known exposure if asymptomatic, with some exceptions.

Vaccines are important for everyone, including those who have already had COVID-19. Public health officials do not yet know whether those who have had COVID-19 are immune in the long term. Additionally, re-infection can occur with the rise of variants, and the best way to stop variants is to stop the spread of the virus.

We should all feel confident about the rigorous development, testing and approval processes behind the three vaccines available in the United States. The risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 outweighs concerns about the side effects from the vaccine, and faculty experts from UCF’s College of Medicine are addressing other concerns and debunking myths in this video.

If you still have concerns about getting vaccinated, I encourage you to contact your healthcare provider or reach out to Student Health Services by emailing [email protected].

Thank you in advance for taking this important next step in creating a safer UCF community for all of us.

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