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COVID-19
Vaccine FAQ


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

Mississippi State University has been closely following the development of vaccines for COVID-19. A formal request has been submitted to the CDC and Mississippi Department of Health to allow Mississippi State to administer vaccines to faculty, staff, and students. The university is awaiting guidance from state and federal officials on the vaccine distribution plan. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will Mississippi State receive?

We expect to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, however more information will be released when it becomes available. We could later see other manufacturers become available.

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 about three weeks apart. Not taking the second shot may leave you vulnerable to catching COVID-19.

What are the side effects from taking the vaccine?

Some side effects have been reported from the Pfizer vaccine. 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.

Who will get to receive the vaccine first?

The CDC and Mississippi Department of Health have indicated that priority should be given to those working in healthcare and dealing with COVID-19 cases. Mississippi State will follow guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health for further distribution.

When can I receive a vaccine?

We hope to begin receiving vaccines during the Spring semester. Clinics will be held to distribute the vaccine. As we have more information regarding the prioritization protocols, we will make announcements as quickly as possible.

How will I know when I am able to receive the vaccine?

The university will continue to publish information as it becomes available. Please monitor university emails and social media posts for official information.

Can members of my family get the vaccine from MSU?

At this time, we expect to receive a limited supply of vaccines, and we will follow guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health for distribution. 

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 get the vaccine. However, we strongly encourage you to follow the Mississippi Department of Health’s recommendations for taking the vaccine.

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?

At this time, the CDC and Mississippi Department of Health are encouraging those vaccinated to continue wearing a mask and distancing. The university will continue to work with the Mississippi Department of Health for the latest guidance on mask and distancing recommendations. Mississippi State will continue its mask policy through the Spring semester.