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Vaccine Common Questions

These questions supplement What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information, where you can find more information.

Questions will be added and updated as more information becomes available. Vaccine FAQs are also available from WVU Medicine and the State of West Virginia. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email covidvaccine@mail.wvu.edu.

Do I have to be tested if I've been vaccinated for COVID-19?

Students and employees required to be tested for COVID-19 — either as part of return to campus testing or ongoing testing — must still be tested even if they have received the COVID-19 vaccination. Those vaccinated can still be carriers of the virus.

Do I have to wear a mask if I've been vaccinated for COVID-19?

Everyone – even those vaccinated – must follow public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. While the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna appear to do well at preventing serious illness, it's unclear how well they control the spread of coronavirus. So it's vital that everyone – those vaccinated and those not vaccinated – continue to follow public health measures, like wearing a mask, watching their distance and washing their hands.

How are WVU employees being prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations?

All WVU students, faculty and staff age 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as announced March 22 by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Learn more at What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information. Information about West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine plan can be found at vaccinate.wv.gov.

How long will the COVID-19 vaccine keep me immune?

The length of immunity following vaccination is not yet known for COVID-19. Given the novel nature of this virus and vaccine development, long-term data is not yet available to guide future vaccine and virus protocols. Review WVU Medicine’s FAQs for more information.

I already received the COVID-19 vaccine. How do I take my name off WVU’s list?

Those who previously completed a WVU questionnaire and have decided not to receive a vaccine or have been vaccinated elsewhere are asked to complete this form so their allocated dose can be provided to someone else.

I am an international student and have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still need to participate in WVU's COVID-19 testing program if I can provide proof of vaccination?

Yes. Students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine still are required to participate in WVU’s testing program. There currently isn’t sufficient evidence on the potential for vaccinated individuals to spread COVID-19 to others. Further, at this time, individuals who have been vaccinated still will be required to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

I’m not a resident of West Virginia. Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine through WVU?

All employees and students — regardless of their state of residence — may receive a COVID-19 vaccine through WVU, as long as they are aged 18 or older. Vaccinations are administered only in West Virginia; residents of other states must travel to West Virginia to be vaccinated.

If I receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through WVU, will the University ensure that they’ll have enough resources to give me my second dose?

Yes. Those who received their first dose through WVU will schedule an appointment for their second dose through WVU.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for employees?

WVU will not require the vaccine for students or employees at this time; however, all within the WVU community are encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for students?

WVU will not require the vaccine for students or employees at this time; however, all within the WVU community are encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, the vaccine is free and provided by the state of West Virginia.

Should all WVU employees expect to receive the vaccine through our employment with WVU, or should we pursue other sources?

All WVU faculty and staff who are age 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as announced March 22 by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. This eligibility pertains to employees at all WVU campuses, regardless of their state of residence. Learn more at What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information.

What if no appointments are available?

All appointments for vaccine clinics at the Student Recreation Center are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis in the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), and time slots may fill up quickly. If there initially are no appointments available in VAMS, be sure to check back often — new clinics will be opened as vaccine doses are allocated and currently opened clinics are filled. The University will communicate when additional appointments are made available, so please watch your WVU email for updates.

What information is available about vaccines?

All information related to the COVID-19 vaccine is available on What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information.

Flu vaccines are currently available for students and employees. WVU Medicine employees are required to obtain a flu vaccine and will be notified by WVU Medicine Employee Health. WVU students can contact WVU Student Health Services, and employees should contact their primary care provider. Flu vaccines are also available at local drugstores.

When will all WVU employees have the opportunity to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

All WVU faculty and staff who are aged 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as announced March 22 by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. To register, visit What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information.

When will students get vaccinated for COVID-19?

All students who are aged 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as announced March 22 by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. This eligibility pertains to students at all WVU campuses, regardless of their state of residence. Learn more at What You Need to Know: Vaccine Information.

Where do eligible employees and students go to be vaccinated?

Employees and students who received the first dose of the vaccine on Thursday, March 25, at the Greater Monongalia County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (at the former Sears site at the Morgantown Mall) will return to that location for their second dose of the vaccine.

However, all additional first- and second-dose appointments through WVU moving forward will take place at the Student Recreation Center.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will WVU receive?

Moderna and Pfizer. To learn more about the vaccine, review these fact sheets:

Why did WVU get COVID-19 vaccines so early?

The West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force (WVJITF) developed a distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Will first-responders, care givers, medical professionals, those in nursing homes, and those 65 and over have the chance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to WVU’s dosages?

Yes, this is all part of the state’s tiered approach to vaccine delivery.