Friday, April 23, 2021

The CDC recommends COVID-19 booster vaccines for anyone age 16 and over. If you got your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago, or a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, you SHOULD get a booster shot.  The CDC states that vaccines can be mixed- for example, if you got your first shots with Moderna, you could choose Pfizer for your booster, or vice versa.  You can also choose to stay with the same manufacturer. We have Pfizer and Moderna in stock. 

Those who got all the recommended doses of a WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccine not approved by the FDA, or those who completed a mix-and-match series composed of any combination of FDA-approved, FDA-authorized, or WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.  Pfizer vaccine can be used for an additional dose or a booster dose- review this CDC information. 

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available every day M-F at both Student Health locations.  You can call 319-335-8394 to get scheduled in the Westlawn clinic.  The IMU Nurse Care Clinic is open for walk-ins, no appointment is needed at the IMU. The IMU Nurse Care Clinic will be closed for winter break, so this week is your last chance to conveniently walk in when you are done with finals! Flu shots can be given at the same visit as COVID-19 boosters.  

We will NOT have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to offer as a booster dose.  If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get a booster of Pfizer or Moderna; the other option would be to seek out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at local pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, or HyVee.  

Student Health can still administer your primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and we are still strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  

When you complete the COVID-19 vaccine series by any provider, don't forget to take your vaccine card (or other vaccine record) to the IMU Welcome Center for your $10 gift card to the Iowa City Downtown merchants. 

Read this important information from the CDC about what it means to be fully vaccinated.