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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? New

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? New

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.

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.

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.

Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine?

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

What if I fill out the COVID-19 vaccine questionnaire but don’t make the cut yet?

Your completed questionnaire will be added to the WVU database, which will help to determine the distribution order of the vaccine. You will be alerted via email when there is a vaccine available to you.

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

At this time, the University will prioritize the vaccination of faculty and staff who are most at-risk of contracting COVID-19. There is not a detailed timeline for when all WVU employees will have the opportunity to be vaccinated at this time.

When will students get vaccinated for COVID-19?

At this time, the University will prioritize the vaccination of faculty and staff who are most at-risk of COVID-19. Assuming WVU receives sufficient supplies of vaccines this semester, students should also have the opportunity to receive the vaccine. As WVU is provided with additional guidance from the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force, the University will provide instructions on how students can show interest in being vaccinated. Until then, students should continue to monitor your email and contact their primary care physician for possible allocations that may be offered.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will WVU receive?

Moderna

Why did WVU get COVID-19 vaccines so early?

The West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force (WVJITF) has 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.