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COVID-19
Vaccine FAQ

Questions


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

Mississippi State University continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the university and community. Several clinics have been scheduled around campus and vaccines are available at the Health Center. Visit
https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ for more information or to schedule a vaccine appointment.

How do I sign up to receive a vaccine?

Visit https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ 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: https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ to register.

How do I sign up for my second dose?

Your second Pfizer dose should be taken at least three weeks after your first. If you received your first dose of Pfizer at least three weeks ago, you may schedule your second dose by visiting https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/. 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 be considered “fully vaccinated”. These shots should be taken at least three weeks apart. Not taking the second shot may leave you vulnerable to catching COVID-19. 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.

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.

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?

Due to an elevated number of COVID-19 infections in Mississippi and in our community, everyone is expected to wear a face covering in all indoor locations on campus. This includes classrooms, laboratories, and all public spaces. This guidance is subject to change based upon additional public health information.

Students and employees are required to wear face coverings that provide good protection and cover the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted except in a limited number of circumstances; e.g. instructors or presenters who need to be understood clearly or students who must articulate foreign language enunciation. When a face shield is worn, strict physical distancing of at least six feet must be observed at all times.

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 servicedesk@msstate.edu or 662-325-0631.

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

Are students going to be required to be vaccinated?

We urge all students and employees to be vaccinated and vaccines are readily available on campus. MSU does not mandate COVID-19 vaccination for employees or students.  During a special called meeting on August 27, 2021, the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees, whose governing authority over public universities is set in the Mississippi Constitution, considered and passed a motion stating that “institutions are directed to refrain from mandating the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of enrollment or employment.” The only exception is for clinical settings, such as those found at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The minutes from this meeting are available in the September board book posted on the IHL website at http://www.mississippi.edu/board/boardminutes.asp.

Do I need to send in my COVID vaccine info when I submit my immunizations to the Health Center?

Students should submit their COVID vaccine records to covidvaccine.msstate.edu.

What is the benefit of providing my COVID-19 vaccination card to the University?

Any student who provides proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they are exhibiting symptoms. This will enable the students who have been vaccinated to continue attending in-person classes, to continue living on-campus, and to continue engaging in all campus activities.

Can I find out if my roommate has been vaccinated?

We do not share students’ personal health information with others. You should feel comfortable in having a discussion with your roommate about vaccinations. We will work with you to facilitate a roommate change if necessary.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have shown to be over 90% effective while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is over 70% effective.

People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Are these vaccines safe? Did they skip testing procedures or cut corners to develop these vaccines so quickly?

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective. Each vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which is used by the FDA during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on Emergency Use Authorizations, click here: https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization-vaccines-explained

Are the current vaccines effective against the new variants of COVID-19?

Yes, research suggests being fully vaccinated individuals are still protected against variants of COVID-19.

Should I take the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

According to the CDC, yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.

Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Will we need COVID-19 booster shots? When will they be available?

Pfizer booster shots are available. The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends the following regarding Pfizer booster shots:

  • As a priority, individuals aged 65 years and older and residents in long-term care facilities (LTCF) should receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • As a priority, individuals aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions (see below) should receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • Individuals aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions (see below) may also receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • Individuals aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (see below) may also receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.

I may have been exposed to someone with COVID. Is it too late to schedule a vaccine?

You should contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 662-325-2055 if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. It is important for everyone to receive the vaccine as early as possible since it takes a couple of weeks to become fully vaccinated.