Doctors and scientists – including UCF alumnus Darin Edwards, director of immunology at Moderna – spent nearly a year developing three vaccines that are proven to be effective in preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, effective and readily available at no cost. With the updated federal guidance on boosters, you may now be eligible to receive another dose.
The UCF Student Health Center is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. Appointments are available and walk-ups are welcome.
Schedule Your Vaccine Appointment
Other Vaccination Locations
If you are currently away from campus, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get vaccinated. Use this COVID-19 vaccine locator to find a place near you.
After Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Those receiving their COVID-19 vaccine should expect a mandatory 15-minute waiting period after your vaccination, just to be sure you do not experience any immediate side effects.
The vaccine is intended to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms — such as fever — which are normal in the short-term and a sign of building immunity.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Explore some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. These questions have been compiled using data and information provided by the CDC. Continue to check back as more FAQs become available.
Is UCF a vaccination site?
Yes. The Pfizer vaccine is available at the Student Health Center on the main campus, and we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get fully vaccinated.
Which type of vaccine is UCF distributing?
UCF is administering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. On Aug. 23, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer’s vaccine, an important step in increasing vaccination rates among the vaccine-hesitant.
Upon completion of the first dose, Student Health Services will provide instructions for scheduling your second dose in the recommended three weeks.
If I am an out-of-state student, am I eligible to receive the vaccine in Florida?
Will I still have to follow COVID precautions once I get vaccinated?
What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?
If you are an Orange County resident and need to request a CDC COVID-19 vaccination replacement card, visit the Florida Department of Orange County’s webpage to make this request. If you are NOT an Orange County, Fla. resident, please contact your County Health Department where you reside in order to make this request.
What if I have a conflict with the dates available for my second-dose appointment?
General Vaccine Information
Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal of vaccination is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive?
No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test, such as the PCR or antigen tests. However, you may test positive for the antibody test, due to developing an immune response.
Should I still get vaccinated if I tested positive for COVID before?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again, and more studies are needed. Vaccination is advised regardless of a history of COVID illness.
What are the possible side effects from the vaccine?
The CDC states that any vaccine can cause side effects. For the most part these are minor, for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever that go away within a few days.
Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the population receives the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity” to prevent continued spread of the virus causing COVID-19. We must each play our part in this process, as we have in the past with vaccines to eliminate the threat of polio, measles and other viral infections.
Are schools requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, similar to mumps and measles? Will restrictions be placed on my child if we refuse to vaccinate?
There is no requirement for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, though UCF is expecting students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated in the interest of our community’s health and safety.
How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Is UCF collecting proof of vaccination?
UCF is encouraging all who are able to do so to get fully vaccinated if they have not yet already. We are not collecting information about vaccination status at this time.
Get Your Flu Shot
Flu shots offer another added layer of protection against illness, especially while COVID-19 is still present in our community.
For Students: Flu shots are available for free via walk up or during other appointments at the Student Health Center.
For Employees: Flu shots are available through Student Health Services and UCF Health for faculty and staff, with the costs potentially covered through insurance.