Doctors and scientists – including UCF alumnus Darin Edwards, director of immunology at Moderna – spent nearly a year developing three vaccines that are proven to be effective in preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, effective and readily available at no cost. With the updated federal guidance on boosters, you may now be eligible to receive another dose.
The UCF Student Health Center is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. Appointments are available and walk-ups are welcome.
Schedule Your Vaccine Appointment
Other Vaccination Locations
If you are currently away from campus, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get vaccinated. Use this COVID-19 vaccine locator to find a place near you.
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.
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.
General Vaccine Information
Can I get my vaccine or booster shot on campus?
Which type of vaccine is UCF distributing?
UCF offers the two-dose Pfizer shot series as well as Pfizer booster shots.
Who is eligible for a booster?
Anyone who completed their initial Pfizer vaccine series at least five months ago, completed their Moderna series at least six months ago or received their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago is eligible for a booster.
Will I still have to follow COVID precautions once I get vaccinated?
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use 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.
Should I still get vaccinated if I tested positive for COVID-19 before?
The CDC recommends vaccinations regardless of whether an individual has previously had COVID-19. Reinfections do occur, and vaccines offer protection against severe illness and hospitalization. Getting sick with COVID-19 may offer some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called “natural immunity.” However, no currently available test can reliably determine if a person is protected from infection.
What are the possible side effects from the vaccine?
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.
Do I have to get the vaccine?
There is no mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and UCF is not collecting any proof of vaccination status. However, 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 percentage 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.
Who can I contact at UCF if I have questions about the vaccine?
Get Your Flu Shot
Flu shots offer another added layer of protection against illness, especially while COVID-19 is still present in our community.
For Students: Flu shots are available for free via walk up or during other appointments at the Student Health Center.
For Employees: Flu shots are available through Student Health Services and UCF Health for faculty and staff, with the costs potentially covered through insurance.