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Vaccine FAQ

What is Mississippi State University doing to provide the COVID-19 vaccine?

Mississippi State University is currently offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, as available. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose, while the Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should be taken three to six weeks after the first.

How do I sign up to receive a vaccine?

Visit for registration instructions. Vaccines are open to the university and community.

Are there other COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in the area?

There are several COVID-19 vaccine providers in Oktibbeha County. The following list may not include all providers, and some providers may have restrictions based on their vaccine supply.


Where do I go to get my vaccine on campus?

Vaccines are administered at the Longest Student Health Center on Hardy Road. You will receive instructions when you schedule your appointment.

Can I sign my child up for a vaccine?

Children, ages 12 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Please visit: to register.

I received my first vaccine from another source. Can I get my second dose from Mississippi State?

You should try to receive your second dose (if applicable) from the same provider as your first dose. If you are unable to get your second Pfizer dose from another source, please contact 662-325-2055.

How do I sign up for my second dose?

Your second Pfizer dose should be taken three to six weeks after your first. If you received your first dose from Mississippi State University, you may schedule your second dose by visiting If you received your first dose of Pfizer from another source and would like to get the second from Mississippi State, please call 662-325-2055. If your first dose was the Moderna vaccine, you will need to find a provider offering that vaccine.

How many shots will I need? What happens if I don’t take the second shot?

The Pfizer vaccine requires two shots to offer the best protection. These shots should be taken three to six weeks apart. Not taking the second shot may leave you vulnerable to catching COVID-19. Additionally, if you only receive one of the Pfizer doses, you would not be considered fully vaccinated and would have to quarantine if exposed to a person with COVID-19. If you choose to take the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, you will only need one shot.

What are the side effects from taking the vaccine?

ome side effects have been reported from the COVID-19 vaccines. While most of these were minor and short-lasting, you should consult your physician if you have questions or concerns about taking any vaccine, particularly if you are prone to severe allergic reactions.

I have allergies and have heard of reactions. Should I get the vaccine?

You are encouraged to speak with your primary care physician about whether or not you should take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Am I required to get the vaccine?

You are not required to receive the vaccine. However, there are several benefits to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. These include:

  • You would not have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • You are much less likely to contract COVID-19.
  • You are much less likely to spread COVID-19 to others.

Will I have to show proof of taking the vaccine to attend university events?

There are no plans for the university to require a vaccine to participate or attend university events.

Will I still have to wear a mask and distance after taking the vaccine?

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your first Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. You are not expected to continue wearing a mask after becoming fully vaccinated. However, the university supports the decision of those who wish to continue wearing a mask after receiving the vaccine.

Who do I contact if I have problems after receiving my vaccine?

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have questions or concerns after receiving your vaccine, contact your primary care physician.

I am having trouble accessing the site or scheduling a vaccine. Who do I contact?

If you need technical assistance, contact the MSU Service Desk at or 662-325-0631.

If you have questions about the vaccine, you may call the MSU COVID-19 Hotline at 662-325-2055.