COVID-19 Vaccine Information
No. While the UHC is providing free vaccines to all eligible members of the campus community, it is not staffed to provide full services to the entire campus community—just students, who fund the UHC with their student fees. Therefore, you need to have your questions answered when you arrive at the UHC for your appointment. This enables the vaccination process to continue working smoothly and efficiently for everyone.
To find out more about the vaccines, watch this webinar, in which faculty from our own AU/UGA Medical Partnership answer common questions; consult our online FAQs; talk with your local medical provider; or contact the Department of Public Health. Once you have made your decision to be vaccinated, you may click here to schedule your free appointment at the UHC. Walk-ups are not accepted.
UHC does not provide vaccine exemptions for employees who are not students, nor does UHC provide religious exemption consults. Please refer to the UGA HR link above for more information concerning those situations.
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a location on UGA Campus?
Paid UGA faculty, staff, and students are eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes faculty, staff, and students at UGA’s extended campuses.
Extended Eligibility since May 10 includes the following:
- UGA retirees
- Spouses and significant others of UGA retirees, faculty, staff, and students
- Visitors to campus engaged in research, academic, or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities
- Active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity and who wish to receive vaccine at the UHC over the summer
Access is different for different groups by one of these three options:
- For UGA Students and Employees please use the UHC Patient Portal to schedule your first dose.
- For members of the bulleted list of extended eligibility above, please submit this survey, and we will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly.
- Please note that ALL second doses must be scheduled separately and ALL eligible groups should use the same method by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work directly with you to get the proper vaccine at the proper time. Even students who have graduated can return to the UHC.
All adults ages 18 and up may now receive COVID-19 booster vaccinations. According to the CDC, those persons 50 years and older and adults who live in long term care facilities who received a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as their primary vaccine series should receive a single booster dose six months after the completion of the primary series. Any of the COVID-19 vaccines can be used for booster vaccination, regardless of the product used for the primary vaccination. Persons who received a single dose Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) primary series should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen) at least two months after receiving their primary Janssen vaccine.
In addition, the CDC recommends an additional primary dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 28 days after the completion of the primary series in individuals who have moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions and treatments including, but not limited to:
- Active treatment for solid tumor or hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of a CAR-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
- Advanced or untreated HIV
- Active treatment with agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
- NOTE: Individuals who feel they meet these requirements should discuss their medical history with their primary healthcare provider to determine if they need an additional dose 28 days after the completion of their primary vaccine series.
Appointments may be scheduled at patientportal.uhs.uga.edu. Bring your original vaccine card to the appointment.
Yes. If a patient is eligible, both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same visit. If a patient is due for both vaccines, providers are encouraged to offer both vaccines at the same visit.
You may receive the vaccine at the UHC in Athens during your eligible Phase. You may also receive the vaccine from your local healthcare provider or Department of Public Health.
You will not be required to take leave to travel to and from the Athens campus should you come to the UHC for your scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The authorized use of a University vehicle to travel to and from the Athens campus to receive the vaccine at the UHC is permissible. Authorized travel mileage reimbursement to and from the Athens campus is also permissible to receive the vaccine at the UHC.
Vaccines will only be given by appointment, and we are being very careful to ensure that no vaccine is wasted. You will receive an email invite that includes instructions on how to make an appointment and register with the University Health Center. You will not need to take leave for your vaccine appointments; if you choose to receive the vaccine from somewhere other than the UHC, please work with your supervisor if this will require you to be away from work for more than 2 hours. Supervisors should provide as much flexibility as is reasonable to facilitate vaccine appointments.
If you are receiving a second dose of the Moderna vaccine, you may call the Allergy/Travel Clinic at 706-542-5575 to schedule.
We have prepared a brief video that explains how the process is managed at the University Health Center. If you have not already watched the video, we encourage you to do so.
Current and incoming UGA students can now get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose at 15 USG campuses around the state. Visit www.usg.edu/vaccination today to schedule an appointment at the campus closest to you.
Yes. We will need to confirm availability of the same vaccine as your first dose. Please email email@example.com.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for COVID-19 vaccination. You will be asked to provide your insurance card so we can charge an administration fee. If you are uninsured or your insurance does not reimburse for the administration fee, you will not be billed.
- We use vaccine as we receive it. For your first dose you may receive the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- If you require the second dose of vaccine, you will receive the same brand as your first dose (for example, if you were vaccinated with Pfizer first, your second dose will be Pfizer).
- We will make a return appointment for you to receive your second dose. You will also receive a vaccination card that tells you which vaccine you received and when you need to return.
- If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you will need to return in about 3 weeks for your second dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you will need to return in about 4 weeks.
We recommend you stay for 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine.
- UGA’s Closed Point of Dispensing agreement with the GA Department of Health is to cover individuals based on their role with UGA (active employment or whose role as a student qualifies them to receive a vaccine. Roles outside of UGA (e.g., employee elsewhere or as a volunteer) do not qualify an individual to be shifted to be eligible earlier in UGA’s distribution. However, those with a role that is different than their role at UGA that qualifies them as eligible, may visit the GDPH website to locate other vaccine distribution sites (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine).
- At the end of the day, if the number of available vaccines and the number of scheduled appointments is not congruent, we 1) contact scheduled patients to reschedule for the next day and not open another vial, 2) contact patients who are scheduled for the next day to come in a day early to utilize every dose in an open vial or 3) contact patients we know that are in the appropriate tier who have not yet received vaccine that might be interested. UHC is committed to utilizing every dose of vaccine possible.
Side effects are mild, temporary, and normal signs that your body is building protections. You may experience pain and swelling in the arm of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.
No, it is not possible to contract COVID-19 from the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines use inactivated virus, parts of the virus, or a gene from the virus. The vaccine imitates the infection so that our bodies create antibody defenses to fight off COVID-19.
Yes. Individuals with a history of COVID-19 may wait for 90 days to receive the vaccine. However, you are eligible to receive the vaccine two weeks after completion of an isolation period.
Yes! All three vaccines currently available for administration are extremely effective at reducing moderate to severe COVID-19 infections, including death. When ease of access, onset of immunity, context of initial trials, population benefits, and side effects are taken into account, we consider them equivalent. Vaccine specific efficacy information can be found at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness.html
The vaccine can take up to two weeks to offer protection.
We do not yet know how long immunity lasts.