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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters Required for Students, Faculty and Staff

UNC students, faculty and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot before Feb. 7, 2022, if they are eligible, or within one month of their eligibility if that date is later than Feb. 7, 2022.

  • Individuals are eligible for a booster shot five months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, six months after receiving their second dose of Moderna and two months after receiving the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Read more about booster shots and eligibility below.

Medical and non-medical exemptions are available for those who are unable to or do not wish to receive the primary vaccine series or the booster.

Reason for Policy

As COVID-19 cases rise across the county, getting the vaccine and the booster shot is the best way to protect yourself and our community against serious illness.

Vaccines are a proven and effective tool in combating the spread of communicable diseases and their administration saves countless lives annually. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the university’s highest priority. A broadly vaccinated university community is key to providing a safe and healthy environment – ensuring UNC’s return to a full schedule of in-person courses and restoring activities and events that will allow students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life, and community engagement opportunities.  
 
The vaccines have been proven to be highly effective at preventing moderate, severe, and critical illness, hospitalization, and death. The vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection are also being proven safe every day, as hundreds of millions of Americans have already received them.  

Vaccines

There are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized or approved for use in the U.S.  

  • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — approved for everyone 5 and over
  • Moderna — approved for everyone 18 and over
  • Johnson & Johnson — authorized for everyone 18 and over

Primary Series and Booster Shots

  • Fully vaccinated means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are not interchangeable for your primary series. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing their primary series of the following:
    • 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine given 3-8 weeks apart
    • 2 doses of the Moderna vaccine given 4-8 weeks apart
    • 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine
  • Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series, and a booster dose when eligible. Booster doses are recommended if you:
    • Are 12 or older and received your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago*
    • Are 18 or older and received your second dose of the Moderna at least five months ago*
    • If you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, two months or more after you received your Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

If you are 18 or older, it is recommended to get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, regardless of the brand of vaccine you received for your primary series. Because the Moderna vaccine is only approved for individuals 18 years and older, people aged 12-17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine for their third dose at this time. A booster shot is not currently recommended for persons ages 5-11 years.

Read more about staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC.

Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

According to the CDC, individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Because the immune response following COVID-19 vaccination may be different, specific guidance as been developed for these individuals.

  • Children ages 5-11 years should receive a primary series of three doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Boosters are not currently recommended for this age group.
  • People ages 12 years and older should receive a total of 4 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; the primary series of three doses plus a booster shot.
  • People ages 18 years and older who received one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should get a second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. They should also receive a booster for a total of 3 doses.

Read more about vaccinations for moderately or severely immunocompromised people from the CDC.

Benefits of Booster Shots

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Coloradans who got three doses of the vaccine:

  • Are 47.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people who haven't been vaccinated at all.
  • Are 9.7 times less likely to get infected with COVID-19 than people who haven't been vaccinated at all.
  • Are 3.3 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people who only received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson and Johnson
  • Are 2.4 times less likely to get infected with COVID-19 than people who only received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson and Johnson.

*The CDC updated their recommended timeline, from six months to five months, for when people can get their third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. 

Where to Get Vaccinated

Colorado's COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic — On Campus
  • Offering first, second and booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, pediatric doses of Pfizer and free flu shots.
  • Walk-ups are welcome, but appointments can be scheduled by clicking the link on the clinic date.
  • Everyone is welcome, including visitors to campus and community members.

The mobile clinic is located south of Campus Commons, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the following dates:


Other Vaccine Providers

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The Weld County Health Department maintains an extensive list of vaccine providers in Weld County, including several within walking distance of campus or available by taking the Greeley Evans Transit (GET).

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains a list of other vaccine providers across the stateincluding community vaccination sites, pharmacy locations and mobile vaccination clinics.  

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Visit vaccinefinder.org to search by zip code for clinics and pharmacies across the U.S. offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments are required at most locations.