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What if I received AstraZeneca or one of the other WHO-EUL vaccines?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:22 pm

It is recommended that you receive one dose of Pfizer or Moderna 6 months after your primary series. Pfizer is recommended by the CDC for this scenario. We will accept a Moderna booster.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students

Where can I get a booster?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:23 pm

You can schedule an appointment with Tufts at https://www.tuftsmcvaccine.org/ or you can schedule an appointment at in the community using https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students, Staff

What if I received the Sinovac or Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:24 pm

If you received two Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines and already received ONE dose of Pfizer or Moderna, you are considered already boosted and do not need to do anything further.

If you only received two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, the CDC recommends waiting 6 months after the primary series of vaccines. Pfizer is recommended by the CDC for this scenario. We will accept a Moderna booster.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students

Can I get an exemption from the COVID-19 booster?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:25 pm

No, only those individuals that have already received an approved medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from the booster requirement. No other or additional exemptions for the booster will be granted. Students with questions about medical exemptions, contact healthservices [at] emerson.edu.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students

Do I need to upload the documentation to the Student Health Portal?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:09 pm

Yes, please upload documentation of your COVID-19 vaccine AND enter the date of your booster as soon as possible. The Center for Health and Wellness will review all documentation. Please allow several days for CHW staff to review your uploaded information. 

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:08 pm

  • If it has been 6 months since your last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you are eligible for a Pfizer or Moderna booster (eligible at age 16 if primary series was Pfizer. Eligible at age 18 if primary series was Moderna or J&J)
  • If it has been 2 months since your last Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for another Johnson and Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 
  • If you received two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, the CDC recommends waiting 6 months to receive the booster.  The CDC recommends that you get Pfizer over Moderna.

If you received two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine and already received at least ONE dose of Pfizer or Moderna, you are considered already boosted.  You do not need to take further action at this time.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Staff, Students

Why is Emerson requiring the COVID-19 booster?

Last Updated: 2021-12-23 03:08 pm

With guidance from CDC, Tuft Medical Center and Massachusetts Department of Public Health,  the College is requiring the COVID-19 booster to help keep our community safe, healthy and as in-person learning as possible. We are preparing to keep the community safe from the Omicron variant. Current medical data suggests that the Omicron variant is unfortunately more contagious than previous COVID variants at infecting people who have been vaccinated or had COVID before. The booster shot offers additional protection from both infection and severe COVID symptoms in breakthrough cases.

Category: Vaccines

Audience: Students, Staff

What does "fully vaccinated" mean?

Last Updated: 2021-08-27 03:29 pm

You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or 14 days after receiving a single dose (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Category: Health, Wellness, & Prevention, Vaccines, COVID-19, College Operations

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

Which vaccine should I get?

Last Updated: 2021-05-18 02:45 pm

The CDC recommends that the best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one available to you. Specific information about each of the approved vaccines is available on the CDC website.

Category: Vaccines, Campus Safety Protocols, Health, Wellness, & Prevention

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

What if I don’t believe the vaccines are safe?

Last Updated: 2021-05-18 02:45 pm

The following websites provide information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine:

Category: Vaccines, Campus Safety Protocols, Health, Wellness, & Prevention

Audience: Staff, Students, Parents & Families, Faculty