Georgia State is working in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the planning and distribution of vaccines, to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to the campus community.
Georgia State will follow the state’s guidelines for determining who is eligible to receive vaccinations according to the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Medical professionals from the Health Clinic will begin administering vaccinations to qualifying community members as the university receives doses.
Beginning March 25, 2021, all Georgia adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please be aware that both COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are approved for those 18 years old or older, but only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 16 years old or older and this vaccine may not be available when you present for vaccination. If you are 16 years old or younger, the COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved in individuals in your age range.
Members of the university community may register here:
While all members of the community are now eligible, the university receives a limited supply of vaccines per week. If you would like to be contacted should the university has additional appointment slots, please join the waitlist below:
The Centers for Disease Control has reinstated the use of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine after a temporary pause. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html
The vaccines will be administered at Veterans Memorial Hall in Dahlberg Hall at 66 Gilmer Street while supplies last. Free parking is available in the M Deck behind the building. Please be aware that the COVID-19 vaccines are also available to those who qualify through your local health department, healthcare systems, and pharmacies. You can use the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID Vaccination search engine or CDC’s vaccine finder at https://vaccinefinder.org/ to find additional sites near you.
Please contact the Student Health Clinic at 404-413-1930 or email us at COVIDvaccine@gsu.edu with questions.
We will continue to keep the Georgia State community updated as additional information becomes available. In the meantime, please continue to test, mask, and social distance. Please remember that free COVID tests are available on all Georgia State campuses.
The available COVID-19 vaccines are 94 percent or more effective in preventing you from developing symptomatic COVID-19 within 7-14 days after the second dose. That is significantly higher than the 50 percent efficacy level set by the Food and Drug Administration.
No, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. This means they are made up of the same material as your genetic code. No components of the virus are in the vaccine.
It is still possible to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, after getting either dose of the vaccine. It can take 7-14 days to develop immunity and while the vaccines are 94 percent or more effective, that leaves about 6 percent of the population who may still be at risk of infection. In addition to reducing your risk of infection, the vaccine also helps to prevent severe disease or hospitalization in those who receive it.
Yes, you should continue to wear your mask and socially distance. After your first dose you have not reached full immunity and after both doses there is a small, but still present chance of getting infected and spreading the disease. Also, it can take 7-14 days for you to develop protection against COVID-19, depending on which mRNA vaccine you received.
There are national guidelines for how to prioritize who gets the vaccine first and each state uses those guidelines to set their priorities. Georgia’s Department of Public Health has posted each revision of its distribution plan on its website and the current version can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/georgia-covid-19-vaccine-plan/download. Organizations that are distributing the vaccine then determine who in their population may qualify based on these guidelines.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, beginning March 8 the following groups of faculty, staff and students are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine:
- Those 55 years of age or older
- Caretakers of those 65 years of age or older
- First responders including Georgia State Police and security officers
- Healthcare workers such as Student Health Center staff, Counseling Center staff and health professions faculty and students involved in patient care activities
- COVID-19 surveillance testing personnel
- Laboratory staff who work with the SARS-CoV-2 virus
- Faculty, staff and students who are long-term care facility staff or residents
- Educators or staff members at pre-K or K-12 schools or DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs
- Adults with an intellectual, developmental, or physical disability and their caregivers
- Parents of children with complex medical conditions who are at high risk for COVID complications
- Adults with certain serious health conditions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html)
Per Georgia’s Department of Public Health, an intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22. A developmental disability is a physical or mental impairment that happens before the age of 22, is expected to last a lifetime, and impacts at least three activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency.
High-risk complex medical conditions include: malignancies requiring active treatment, an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including organ transplant (bone marrow or solid organ) within 2 years, a critical congenital heart disease, asthma (moderate to severe), sickle cell disease, diabetes, obesity (BMI >95%), cystic fibrosis, a significant neurologic injury or condition (e.g. hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomaly, acute flaccid myelitis) with functional/developmental impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental disability, prematurity, mitochondrial disease), or technology dependence (e.g. BiPAP, trach)
No, your family and friends cannot be vaccinated at Georgia State unless they are a Georgia State employee or student. Georgia State is registered as a closed point of distribution, meaning we can only offer vaccines to faculty, staff or students.
Georgia State community members who believe they qualify for vaccination will be asked to complete a Vaccine Intake Form that will ask questions about how they qualify, contraindications to vaccinations and precautions. Those who qualify will receive email instructions on how to make their appointment. They will be asked to complete a consent form online but can also complete the form on-site. After vaccination, they will be monitored for at least 15 minutes for signs of an allergic response. Masks will be required in the vaccine clinic and social distancing will be enforced.
Bring your Panther ID card and documentation that verifies you are qualified to receive the vaccine in this phase of distribution. You should also consider bringing your mobile device so that you can take a picture of your vaccine card.
Our goal is to offer vaccinations to everyone in the Georgia State community according to state guidelines. Vaccine distribution will depend on the supply of vaccines the state receives and how quickly the previous phases of vaccination are completed. However, we are ready to respond to any adjustments to this plan that may occur.
There are no plans to make the vaccine mandatory.
Yes. Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding may get the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these individuals have a discussion with their health care providers to consider the level of COVID-19 community transmission, the individual’s personal risk of contracting COVID-19, the risks of COVID-19 to the individual and potential risks to the fetus, the efficacy of the vaccine, the side effects of the vaccine, and the lack of data about the vaccine during pregnancy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contraindications to getting the COVID-19 vaccines include a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis after a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, an immediate allergic reaction to any component of a COVID-19 vaccine ((https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/clinical-considerations.html). Those who have had a severe allergic response should not receive the vaccine. Those who had an immediate reaction should not be given the vaccine until they have been evaluated by an allergist.
Most people experience local reactions such as injection site muscle soreness and others may experience more systemic reactions such as fatigue or feeling under the weather, headache, chills or joint pain. These are signs your immune system is working to develop your protection.
The injection is given in the muscle of the upper arm. Wear clothing that will allow you to bare your upper arm.
In the vaccine clinic, there will be a socially distanced monitoring area where clinical staff can observe individuals for at least 15 minutes to see if they develop an allergic reaction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who have had an allergic response to any component of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should not be vaccinated (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/clinical-considerations.html). Those who have had a past allergic response to anything else will be monitored for 30 minutes.
Yes. Each person who gets vaccinated will receive a vaccine card that lists the vaccine manufacturer, lot number and the date of the immunization. We recommend you take a picture of the front and back of the card in case you lose it. As required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this information will also be entered into Georgia’s immunization registry (Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services). The Student Health Clinic will also retain a record of your immunization.
After your monitoring period is over, you will go to a check-out desk where you will be given the opportunity to make an appointment for your second dose, either 21 or 28 days after your first dose. This appointment will be written on your vaccine card.
Yes. You can get your second dose at Georgia State. We may not have the version of the vaccine available the day of your appointment and will not know this in advance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the vaccines are not interchanged so if the brand of vaccine you already received is unavailable, you may need to return another day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products and both doses of the series should be completed with the same product. However, in exceptional situations in which the first-dose vaccine product cannot be determined or is no longer available, any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at a minimum interval of 28 days between doses to complete the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination series. If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are administered in these situations (or inadvertently), no additional doses of either product are recommended.
Produced February 2021
Christopher Basler, director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, explains how the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. work to trigger an immune response. He also discusses the vaccines’ safety and why getting vaccinated is critical to stopping the spread of the virus.