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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.

Check out the resources below to get more information about vaccine locations, common vaccine FAQs and much more.

Vaccination Opportunities

The UCF Student Health Center is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. Appointments are available and walk-ups are welcome.
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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.

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

General Vaccine Information

Yes, Student Health Services offers the Pfizer vaccine, including booster shots, to faculty, staff and students, including students who live out of state. They are available at no cost at the Student Health Center or at a convenient location near you.

UCF offers the two-dose Pfizer shot series as well as Pfizer booster shots.

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.

UCF continues to encourage our campus community to follow CDC guidelines after you have been vaccinated. Doing so will help to protect you, your loved ones and your fellow Knights.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can send an email to [email protected] and we will follow up with you.


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.

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