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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

We encourage all eligible students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. Starting April 5, the Pfizer vaccine is available to Florida residents age 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 and older.

Orange County is sharing more details about community providers on its Vaccine Information page, and we encourage Knights outside of Orlando to research options near them and get vaccinated.

Vaccination Appointments for Students

Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UCF’s mass vaccination clinic are now full.

We strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as they are able. If you were unable to get an appointment at the UCF clinic, there are still other opportunities. Orange County is sharing more details about community providers on its Vaccine Information page, and Knights outside of Orlando can research vaccine providers available near them.


After Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Those receiving their COVID-19 vaccine should expect a mandatory 15-minute waiting period after your vaccination, just to be sure you do not experience any immediate side effects.

The vaccine is intended to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms — such as fever — which are normal in the short-term and a sign of building immunity.

While a vaccine gives us great hope, there will not be an immediate flip of the switch back to our pre-COVID lives. Masks, physical distancing and other health precautions will be necessary until our community develops the herd immunity critical to keeping one another safe from the pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. These questions have been compiled using data and information provided by the CDC. Continue to check back as more FAQs become available.

COVID-19 Vaccine (March 9 Updates)

Yes, UCF has been approved as a mass vaccination site. Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UCF’s mass vaccination clinic are now full.

We strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as they are able. If you were unable to get an appointment at the UCF clinic, there are still other opportunities. Orange County is sharing more details about community providers on its Vaccine Information page, and Knights outside of Orlando can research vaccine providers available near them.

Starting April 5, 2021, the Pfizer vaccine is available to Florida residents age 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 and older.

Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UCF’s mass vaccination clinic are now full.

We strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as they are able. If you were unable to get an appointment at the UCF clinic, there are still other opportunities. Orange County is sharing more details about community providers on its Vaccine Information page, and Knights outside of Orlando can research vaccine providers available near them.

UCF will be administering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Upon completion of the first dose, we will provide instructions for scheduling your second dose in the recommended three weeks.

Yes, our out-of-state students do qualify for vaccines at State of Florida sites. At the Orange County Convention Center, a UCF ID is sufficient proof of residency. At the FEMA location at Valencia West, a student without a Florida’s diver’s license can bring something else that identifies residency, such as a school ID, rental agreement or utility bill.

At other locations, you can provide any two copies of the below instead of a driver’s license:

  • Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, OR residential rental or lease agreement
  • Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
  • Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category E: mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category F: if the person is a minor, proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, PLUS a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

Individuals with vaccine appointments may utilize Garage H, lots D-1 and D-2 for parking in any student space marked with green signage. Parking in any faculty and staff spaces marked as red or blue in addition to spaces marked as “24 hours reserved” will subject you to a citation.

Here are the walking directions to the Student Union from each parking location:

No. If you have already scheduled an appointment with another provider, please keep that appointment so we may reach as many people as we can at the UCF site.

On March 8, the CDC released updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. Masks are still expected to be worn at UCF, and we encourage you to review the CDC’s guidance for more information.

If you are an Orange County resident and need to request a CDC COVID-19 vaccination replacement card, visit the Florida Department of Orange County’s webpage to make this request. If you are NOT an Orange County, Fla. resident, please contact your County Health Department where you reside in order to make this request.

Please email covid19vaccine@ucf.edu, and Student Health Services will work with you on alternate arrangements.

General Vaccine Information

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal of vaccination is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test, such as the PCR or antigen tests. However, you may test positive for the antibody test, due to developing an immune response.

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again, and more studies are needed. Vaccination is advised regardless of a history of COVID illness.

The leading vaccine contenders require two shots at least three weeks apart.

The CDC states that any vaccine can cause side effects. For the most part these are minor, for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever that go away within a few days.

Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, administration will be for those identified in high-risk groups. This is to ensure that all individuals with the highest likelihood for exposure are able to receive the vaccine. As more vaccine becomes available, the groups eligible to receive the vaccine will expand.

While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the population receives the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity” to prevent continued spread of the virus causing COVID-19. We must each play our part in this process, as we have in the past with vaccines to eliminate the threat of polio, measles and other viral infections.

There is no requirement for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. UCF will encourage students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated in the interest of our community’s health and safety.

There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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