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COVID-19
Vaccine FAQ


When will I be able to schedule my second dose?

We are working with the Mississippi State Department of Health to receive second doses. Unfortunately, we do not yet know when they will arrive. Once we do, the website will be updated to allow you to schedule your second dose.

Your second dose should be take three to six weeks after your first.

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 State Department of Health to allow Mississippi State to administer vaccines to faculty, staff, and students. However, employees and students are encouraged to receive the vaccine from any authorized provider once they become eligible.

How do I sign up to receive a vaccine?

Visit https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ to register to receive your vaccine on campus. You will need your MSU NetID and NetPassword to access the system. Please avoid accessing the site until your eligibility group opens. This will help prevent overloading the site.

There are also other COVID-19 vaccine providers in Oktibbeha County. More are expected to become available in the coming weeks. This list may not include all providers, and some providers may have restrictions based on their vaccine supply. Additionally, the Mississippi Horse Park on MSU's campus continues to be used as a public drive-through site as part of MSDH’s ongoing vaccination efforts across the state.

If you work or reside outside of Starkville, you may sign up for a vaccine on the Starkville campus or find a provider in your area. Additional options may become available as more vaccines are provided.

Where do I go to get my vaccine on campus?

As of 3/23/2021, vaccines will be administered in the Humphrey Coliseum, located at 55 Coliseum Blvd., Mississippi State, MS 39762. You may park in the lot on the west side, in front of the Palmeiro Center. Signs are posted in the area to lead you to the site entrance. A map of the site can be found https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/appt-info.php.

Please avoid the area unless you have an appointment or work in that area.

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

Please contact the MSU Service Desk at servicedesk@msstate.edu or 662-325-0631.

No appointment slots are available. When will more be added?

Additional spots will be added when more vaccines arrive. Please continue to check with https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ to see if your group has been added.

I am not part of the eligible group. When can I schedule my vaccine?

Mississippi State is following the Department of Health's guidance for vaccine distribution. Please continue to check with https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ to see if your group has been added.

Which COVID-19 vaccine is Mississippi State providing?

Mississippi State University has received doses of the Pfizer vaccine and may have a limited supply of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.

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

You should receive your second dose (if applicable) from the same provider as your first dose. Contact the Mississippi State Department of Health if you have questions or have trouble scheduling a second appointment.

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

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots to offer the best protection. These shots should be taken about three to six weeks apart. Not taking the second shot may leave you vulnerable to catching 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?

Some 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.

How long will it take to receive my vaccine?

We will be working through the process and making improvements. We expect the vaccine to take less than 30 minutes to receive. However, you will need to stay in the parking lot for at least 15 minutes after you receive your vaccination.

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.

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

If you are still in the parking lot, honk your horn and someone will respond to your vehicle.

If you experience problems in the days following your vaccine, contact your primary care physician. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.