- Follow these tips and instructions to prepare for your vaccine appointment.
- Learn more about the vaccines UA is offering.
Other COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs:
What if I have previously tested positive for COVID-19?
Even if you previously tested positive, you should still be vaccinated. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, you should wait until the 15th day to get your vaccine. Check with COVID Support if you have questions.
What if I will not be in the same location at the time required for my second dose?
Most vaccine locations will provide your second dose. Take your CDC vaccine card with information about your first dose with you. The University Medical Center is offering second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, even if you received your first dose elsewhere. Just make sure you get the second dose if you’re taking the two-dose vaccine. Vaccines are available on campus through the Student Health Center, University Medical Center, or off campus through a variety of other sources. VaccineFinder.org provides distribution locations anywhere in the country. To help plan for vaccine supply, please report vaccinations received at an external location.
If I receive my first dose elsewhere, can I schedule an appointment on campus for my second dose?
Yes. The University Medical Center is offering second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. Let them know which vaccine you need when you schedule an appointment, and take your CDC vaccine card with information about your first dose with you.
Where do I submit other questions about the vaccine and eligibility?
If you continue to have questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, submit your questions on the form to the COVID Support team. Students can contact the Student Health Center at Immunizations@ua.edu or 205-348-6262.
What reasons might prohibit me from scheduling a vaccine appointment?
Contact the COVID Support Team to discuss timing for your vaccine if you have:
- Tested COVID positive in the last 14 days; or
- Received or plan any other vaccination (including flu, shingles) in the period of two weeks BEFORE the first COVID vaccine dose through two weeks AFTER the second dose.
Which versions of the COVID-19 vaccine will UA distribute?
UA’s College of Community Health Sciences will provide COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The University Medical Center is currently providing the Moderna vaccine, and the Student Health Center is offering Pfizer. All three vaccine options, including the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot, are available through both facilities. Call 205-348-1471 to schedule an appointment.
How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need?
The COVID-19 vaccines currently offered at UA require two doses within a specified period – between 21 (Pfizer) and 28 (Moderna) days, depending on the manufacturer. UA will assist in tracking and scheduling the second dose.
What can I expect after I receive the vaccine?
The CDC provides useful information about what to expect, including common side effects and helpful tips.
How will I be know if I’m eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
All UA students, faculty, staff, family members and retirees aged 12 and older can schedule an appointment through the Student Health Center or University Medical Center.
Am I required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?
No. Vaccination is not required for employment or enrollment at this time, but it is strongly encouraged.
What is the COVID-19 vaccination process?
As part of the vaccination process, you will sign an informed consent form and will receive other pertinent information. You will report to the vaccination site on the scheduled appointment date and receive the first dose. After the dose is administered, you will stay at the vaccination site for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. During this first vaccination, you will also receive instructions on scheduling an appointment to receive the second dose.
What should I expect at the appointment site?
Review the Vaccination Prep page for details. Bring your CWID, government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or other), and insurance card, if available. Wear a mask and arrive no more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. Wear clothing that allows access to the left shoulder and upper arm, and do not eat or drink anything 15 minutes before your appointment. You will have your temperature taken and asked health questions as part of the process.
What if I experience an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?
You will stay at the vaccination site under medical supervision for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. It’s rare, but if you later experience an adverse reaction and need immediate medical attention, call 911. The CDC recommends that individuals consider using the V-Safe App. Details are the CDC website.
Will I receive a proof of vaccination once I receive both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine?
You will be provided a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the dates on which you received the first and second dose.
If I don’t take a COVID-19 vaccine now but change my mind later, can I still be vaccinated?
Yes, but everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated wherever it’s available as soon as possible. Vaccines are available on campus through the Student Health Center, University Medical Center, or off-campus through a variety of other sources. VaccineFinder.org provides distribution locations anywhere in the country. Please report vaccinations received at an external location.
Where can I find more information on available COVID-19 vaccines so I can make the best decision for myself?
You should consider your health circumstances and the available information on COVID-19 vaccines. Helpful information is on the on the FDA website, CDC website and ADPH website. Fact Sheets on vaccines authorized for emergency use are available on the CDC website.
Does my certificate of immunization exempt me from UA COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing?
No. All members of the UA campus community will follow the current campus health and safety guidelines until instructed otherwise. Any changes to the health and safety protocols will be communicated via UA News at the direction of the UA Situational Response Team and the UA System Health and Safety Task Force.
Will there be a charge for the vaccine?
The vaccine will be provided at no out-of-pocket expense, including those without insurance coverage. Vaccines are free, but there is an allowance for billing insurance for an administrative fee.
What if I miss my appointment for the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine?
If you miss the second dose of the vaccine, you may be required to start the series over again subject to several factors, but call the UA COVID Support Program to discuss it.