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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 who are fully vaccinated and have verified their vaccination with the University will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 this fall.

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

All students, employees and visitors, including vaccinated individuals, are required to wear a mask inside all campus buildings and facilities, and on University transportation.

See Mask Requirements for more information.

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 was vaccinated in another country. Will WVU accept my COVID-19 vaccine? New

WVU accepts COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or are listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Check the CDC's list of vaccines for current information.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for employees?

At this time, WVU is not requiring vaccination for employees, but it is strongly recommended. Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Those on the Health Sciences Campus involved in patient care, including residents, fellows and students, are required to follow separate WVU Health System policies, including those related to COVID-19, such as masks, PPE and vaccinations.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for students?

At this time, WVU is not requiring vaccination for students, but it is strongly recommended. Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Those on the Health Sciences Campus involved in patient care, including residents, fellows and students, are required to follow separate WVU Health System policies, including those related to COVID-19, such as masks, PPE and vaccinations.

Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine?

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

What does "fully vaccinated" mean? Updated

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (view list of vaccines), you are considered fully vaccinated if:

  • It's been two or more weeks since you received the second dose of a 2-dose series vaccine.
  • It's been two or more weeks since you received one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

What information is available about vaccines?

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