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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

This page was last updated March 31, 2020 at 2:42 p.m.

UNC’s Student Health Center (SHC) continues to administer COVID-19 vaccine doses to eligible campus community members based on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s mandated phases.

The SHC only receives a limited supply and is not guaranteed to receive doses each week. Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact their health-care provider and other organizations that are administering vaccine doses to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

Governor Jared Polis announced that starting Friday, April 2, all Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This means the state will enter Phase 2 (general public) of the state's vaccine distribution plan.

Those who are 16 and older in the state who want a vaccine will be able to receive their initial dose by mid-to-late May, meaning many people across the state could be fully immunized by the end of June.

Individuals who who fall under the state's mandated vaccine Phase 1B.4 have been eligible to get vaccinated since March 19. Phase 1B.4 includes higher-education faculty, staff and university-employed students who work in student-facing environments, students (and others) working in food/restaurant services and other frontline areas, people age 16-49 with high-risk conditions as defined by the state as well as people age 50 and older. If you are uncertain about whether or not you are eligible under any of the state's guidelines, please direct questions to your vaccine provider.

All vaccines at UNC will be administered at the Student Health Center in Cassidy Hall (1901 10th Avenue). If you are eligible, the SHC will directly contact you via your UNC email or Bear Mail. Please do not contact the SHC unless you received your email notification to receive a vaccine.  

Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact their health-care provider and other organizations that are administering vaccine doses to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

Following the CDPHE’s mandated phases, the SHC will administer vaccine doses to the following groups first:   

  1. Phase 1A:  Frontline health-care workers 
  2. Phase 1B.1:  Health-care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients, first responders and COVID-19 response personnel and individuals over the age of 70. 
  3. Phase 1B.2:  Individuals aged between 65 to 69, pre-K-12 personnel and members of state judicial and executive branches.  
  4. Phase 1B.3: People age 60 and over, frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture and people aged between 16 to 59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
  5. Phase 1B.4: Higher-education faculty, staff and university-employed students who work in student-facing environments, students (and others) working in food/restaurant services and other frontline areas, people age 16-49 with high-risk conditions as defined by the state as well as people age 50 and older.

Vaccination Appointments 

UNC Student Health Center

Email notifications to receive a vaccine at the SHC are first come, first served. Once the SHC has matched campus community members with the number of vaccines that the SHC has received, then registration will be closed. Received email notifications are open only to invited individuals and not to family members or other individuals. The SHC appointment phone line will have a list of notified individuals, and only those on the list will be able to schedule an appointment. If you have questions about this process, please email Cindy Vetter, UNC’s director of Student Business Services/HIPAA Privacy official,at cindy.vetter@unco.edu.

On the day of your appointment, eat and drink normally, wear your mask, bring your form, wear a short-sleeved shirt and show up on time. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your scheduled vaccine, please call the SHC at 970-351-2412. 

If you get vaccinated, you’re still required to wear a mask whenever you are on UNC’s campus. Campus community members should also continue to practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

Local Area

The Ranch (5280 Arena Circle, Loveland), Colorado’s only Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-supported mass vaccination site, will open to the public starting the week of March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Eligible individuals can make an appointment at The Ranch, or another provider, through Larimer County Health and Environment or by calling 970-498-5500

Or use the links below to sign-up for other vaccination appointments in the area:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with answers available in multiple languages. 

  • How do I schedule an appointment to get my vaccine at the SHC?

    The SHC receives only a small amount of vaccine doses to administer to eligible campus community members based on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s mandated phases.

    If eligible, you will receive an email notification from the SHC to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine. 

    If you haven’t received your email notification yet, please do NOT contact the SHC UNLESS you received your email notification about receiving the vaccine. 

  • When can I expect to get my vaccine at the SHC?

    The SHC will administer the COVID-19 vaccines to campus community members based on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s mandated phases

    Following the CDPHE’s mandated phases, the SHC will administer vaccine doses to the following groups first:  

    1. Phase 1A: Frontline health-care workers 
    2. Phase 1B.1: Health-care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients, first responders and COVID-19 response personnel and individuals over the age of 70. 
    3. Phase 1B.2: Individuals aged between 65 to 69, pre-K-12 personnel and members of state judicial and executive branches.
    4. Phase 1B.3: People age 60 and over, frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture and people aged between 16 to 59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
    5. Phase 1B.4: Higher-education faculty, staff and university-employed students who work in student-facing environments, students (and others) working in food/restaurant services and other frontline areas, people age 16-49 with high-risk conditions as defined by the state as well as people age 50 and older.
  • If I have a health-related questions, who should I contact?

    Please consult your medical provider prior to making an appointment to receive your vaccine through the SHC. 

  • Do I need health insurance to receive the vaccine?

    Receiving the vaccine is free. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines, and uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines. 

    The SHC will not turn away any campus community member if they have a confirmed appointment for the vaccine. If you have health insurance, please bring your health insurance card with you to your confirmed appointment at the SHC. If you don’t have health insurance, you won’t be turned away if you have a confirmed appointment at the SHC for the vaccine. 

  • What type of vaccine will be administered at the SHC? 

    Currently, the SHC is administering the Moderna vaccine. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine here.

  • How should I prepare for my vaccination at the SHC? 

    If you received an email notification from Cindy Vetter, then that means that you’re eligible to receive a vaccine at the SHC. You must call the SHC at 970-351-2412 to schedule an appointment there.

    Prior to your appointment, you must print and fill out the attached form that was in the email notification you received from Cindy Vetter. Do not use a digital signature on the form; you must print the form and sign it yourself. 

    The efficiency of this process relies on numerous steps, and if you can have all documentation in hand and ready to go at your confirmed appointment, then it will expedite the process. 

    The email notification that you received is meant only for you. Family members and other loved ones cannot be scheduled simultaneously with your appointment at this time. 

    If the SHC’s phone lines are busy at 970-351-2412, please leave a message, and the schedulers will return your call as soon as possible. Cindy Vetter can’t schedule your appointment for you. 

  • What should I expect when receiving my vaccine? 

    On the day of your scheduled appointment: 

    • Eat and drink as normal 
    • Wear your mask 
    • Bring your printed, filled and signedform 
    • Wear a short-sleeved shirt 
    • Show up on time. 

    On the day of your appointment, eat and drink normally, wear your mask, bring your form, wear a short-sleeved shirt and show up on time. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your scheduled vaccine, please call the SHC at 970-351-2412. 

    At your appointment, you should receive a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) fact sheet that tells you more about the risks and benefits of the specific COVID-19 vaccine you will receive. You should also receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and the location you received it. Keep this card as a reminder of when you need to get your second dose, if applicable. 

    The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be the same vaccine product as your first dose. It is important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected at a later time. 

  • How should I handle potential side effects?  

    You may experience mild to moderate side effects after receiving the vaccine. Side effects typically go away on their own after a few days. The most commonly reported side effects are:  

    • Pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site
    • Pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection
    • Fatigue 
    • Headache 
    • Muscle pain 
    • Chills 
    • Joint pain 
    • Nausea/vomiting 
    • Fever 

    Different people may experience different side effects, even if they receive the same vaccine. The process of building immunity can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. Other routine vaccines, like the flu vaccine, have similar side effects.

    If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for full protection.

    If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. 
    In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain after getting the vaccine is normal. Contact your doctor or health care provider: 

    • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours.
    • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA are closely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine(s) for new risks and serious side effects. It is highly encouraged that the public report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects the data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Reporting to VAERS helps the CDC monitor the safety of vaccines.

    Sign up for v-safe: CDC’s v-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Learn more on the CDC website

  • How will I receive my second vaccine dose? 

    When you receive your first dose at the SHC, you’ll schedule an appointment to receive your second dose of the vaccine during that initial visit.

    Second doses are administered through the same location where you received your first dose. Unless you’re instructed to go to a different location to receive the second dose by the SHC, you must receive your second dose at the SHC.  

  • Should I continue following public-health guidelines after receiving my vaccine? 

    Public health officials are still learning about the level of immunity that the vaccine provides, but so far, the vaccines have only been proven to protect the recipient from symptomatic COVID-19 disease. You might still be able to have an asymptomatic infection (showing no symptoms) and be able to spread the virus to others after you have been vaccinated. 

    Until we know for certain, it is important to continue taking COVID-19 precautions including wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and social distancing. These are the best ways to help protect your loved ones who have not yet had the opportunity to get the vaccine.    

    If you get vaccinated, you’re still required to wear a mask whenever you are on UNC’s campus. Campus community members should also continue to practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

  • Will vaccines be distributed from the SHC to eligible campus community members each week? 

    The SHC receives a limited number of doses from the State of Colorado. Because of this, the number of vaccine doses the SHC receives varies each week. There may be weeks where the SHC will not receive any doses. For example, if there is an unexpected disruption of receiving vaccine doses from the federal level to the state level, then that would also impact the number of doses provided to the SHC. Every week will differ in the number of vaccines available through the SHC or if there are any at all.

    If/when doses are available, eligible campus community members will receive an email notification from Cindy Vetter about scheduling an appointment with the SHC. If you haven’t received your email notification yet, please do NOT contact the SHC unless you received your email notification about receiving the vaccine.

  • Do I have to receive my vaccine from the SHC?

    No. Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact their health-care provider and other organizations that are administering vaccine doses to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.