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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Help Idaho State Stay In Person This Fall: Get Vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccination is widely available at no cost. Idaho State University has vaccination sites available this fall for students, faculty and staff. The vaccine is also available at local clinics and pharmacies.

For eligible individuals, booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are currently available at the Bengal Pharmacy and Pond Student Union vaccination clinic. Pfizer boosters are also readily available at local clinics and pharmacies.

Vaccinated students are eligible to receive a voucher for $100 - Vaxcash program

 

Student Union Site

Student Affairs' Conference Room, 205A

Monday-Friday
9 a.m. -  3 p.m.

No appointment necessary

Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are available here. 

COVID Screening Site

Vocational Arts Building

Vaccinations available 2 days per week

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

No appointment necessary

Bengal Pharmacy

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available.

Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are available here. 

Other Options

Schedule an appointment at your local health department. 

Additional Doses

The CDC recommends that people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

Patients who are eligible may self-attest to their condition by completing and signing the Additional Dose Attestation Form.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised includes people who have:

  • Received or are receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich  syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day for > 14 days) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response [e.g., alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide); antimetabolites (methotrexate); transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs (cyclosporine, tacrolimus, everolimus); TNF-blockers (etanercept)]
  • Other condition(s) which cause moderate or severe immunosuppression similar to the above conditions

CDC guidelines for immunocompromised people

 

Booster Doses

The FDA has also approved a booster dose for patients who completed their primary vaccination (2 doses) of the PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE at least 6 months ago AND who meet certain criteria (shown below). Patients who are eligible may self-attest to their condition by completing and signing the Pfizer Booster Attestation Form.
 
Eligibility criteria for receiving a booster dose:
  • Received 2 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at least 6 months ago
  • Adults 65 years of age or older
  • Adults 18-64 years old with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, asthma
  • Adults 18 years and older who live in institutional settings
  • Frontline workers 18 years and older whose occupation increases their exposure to the COVID-19 virus, such as healthcare workers, teachers/school staff members, grocery store/food processing workers

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose

 

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as the vaccine’s ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic 

  • Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.  Wearing masks and social distancing only help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic and increasing the safety of our campus community requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update recommendations

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Busted by Idaho State Experts

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines were developed too fast to be safe.

Fact: The technology used to develop the new mRNA COVID-19 vaccines isn’t new. It was developed in the early 1990s and has been studied and used for other diseases like rabies, Ebola, and Zika. It’s also used in cancer research.

 

Myth: There weren’t enough clinical trial participants to declare the vaccines safe.

Fact: Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines included tens of thousands of participants who were followed for several months to check for side effects. Now, hundreds of millions of people around the world have safely received these vaccines.

 

Myth: I already had COVID-19, so I don’t need the vaccine.

Fact: While it’s true that natural infection with COVID-19 provides some immunity, it’s not clear how long that immunity will last and getting the vaccine will further reduce your risk of getting a serious case of COVID-19.

 

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccines don’t work because you can still get COVID after vaccination.

Fact: While no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infection, the COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to be VERY effective at preventing serious disease. Getting the vaccine greatly lowers the risk of getting seriously ill or having to go to the hospital because of COVID-19

 

Myth: I should wait for a vaccine that is more effective.

Fact: With 95% efficacy in some cases, COVID vaccines are among the most effective vaccines for any disease currently available. The FDA has fully approved multiple COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Myth: I won’t need to wear a mask after I’m vaccinated.

Fact: COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at protecting you from getting seriously ill or going to the hospital. Being vaccinated decreases your risk of transmitting the virus to others, but it is still possible. Being vaccinated and wearing a mask indoors is the best way to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Myth: A COVID-19 vaccine will make me sick with COVID-19.

Fact: None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

 

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccines have severe side effects.

Fact: While all medications and vaccines may have some side effects, reports of serious side effects with COVID vaccination are very rare. Vaccines have no effect on fertility and are even recommended for pregnant women.

 

Myth: The current COVID-19 vaccines don’t protect against the COVID-19 variants.

Fact: The current COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at protecting against severe illness from the current COVID-19 variants circulating.