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.
Will UCF serve as a mass vaccination site?
Yes, UCF has been approved as a mass vaccination site.
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.
Who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
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.
We strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated. 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.
Which type of vaccine will UCF distribute?
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.
If I am an out-of-state student, am I eligible to receive the vaccine in Florida?
Will free parking be available for students and employees with vaccine appointments?
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:
If I have already received my first dose, can I receive my second at UCF?
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.
Will I still have to follow COVID precautions once I get vaccinated?
What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?
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.
What if I have a conflict with the dates available for my second-dose appointment?
General Vaccine Information
Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
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.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive?
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.
Should I still get vaccinated if I tested positive for COVID before?
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.
How many doses of the vaccine will I need in order to be protected?
The leading vaccine contenders require two shots at least three weeks apart.
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 a COVID-19 vaccine?
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.
Are schools requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, similar to mumps and measles? Will restrictions be placed on my child if we refuse to vaccinate?
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.
How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
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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