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COVID-19 Vaccination | COVID-19 Booster Shots

Am I eligible for a booster shot?

If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible for a booster shot.

  • If you are 18+ and received your Moderna vaccination series (both shots) at least five months ago and live or work in a high-risk setting, which includes education staff and schools.
  • If you are 12+ and received your Pfizer vaccination series (both shots) at least five months ago and live or work in a high-risk setting, which includes education staff and schools.
  • If you are 18+ and received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago. If this is the case for you, getting a Pfizer or Moderna booster will give you added protection.

If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not yet eligible for a booster shot.

  • If you are currently COVID positive, please wait for symptoms to resolve before getting boosted.
  • If you received your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series fewer than five months ago, you are not yet eligible for your booster dose.
  • If you had COVID and received monoclonal antibody treatment, you are not eligible for a booster until 90 days after that treatment. 

Read the latest guidance from the CDC.

Which booster shot should I get?

Eligible individuals may choose between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for their booster dose. The CDC recommendations do allow for mixing and matching, so if you got Pfizer previously, you can get a Moderna booster or vice versa. Due to concerns around possible cardiovascular side effects, the CDC is not recommending Johnson & Johnson boosters at this time. Consult with your medical provider if you have any questions about the best option for you.

Where can I get my booster shot?

Booster vaccines are available at many area pharmacies. Loyola’s vaccine page has a link to local vaccine sites and NOLA Ready hosts regular community vaccine events. If you are having trouble finding a booster shot in your hometown, please notify us at covid@loyno.edu.

How do I notify Loyola when I have gotten my booster?

Once you have gotten your booster shot, you should report your status on Loyola’s Public Health Portal.

  • Your username is your full Loyola email address. For example: xxxxxxxx@my.loyno.edu  
  • Your password is your Microsoft password. If you have changed your Microsoft password, use what you changed it to. If you have not yet changed your Microsoft password, the default password is the first two letters of your first name, followed by the last 4 digits of your social security number, then an uppercase LU. For example: abXXXXLU
  • If you cannot sign in, go to office.com to reset your Microsoft password.

Email covid@loyno.edu for help logging into the portal and more information.

What happens if I am eligible for a booster but do not get the shot by January 10?

If you fail to provide proof of a booster by January 10, you will not be permitted to move into your residence hall and you will not be allowed to attend classes. If you are unable to get a booster due to lack of availability in your area, please contact covid@loyno.edu prior to January 10 to let us know. 

What if I lost my CDC white card?

We will give you a new card with your booster dose.

What do I need to do prior to my appointment at SHS to receive my booster dose?

Log into your Medicat Public Health Portal and under the heading/tab FORMS, and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent.

If it’s your first time at Student Health, you will also need to complete forms 1–4:

  1. Assignment of Benefits
  2. Consent to Treatment
  3. HIPAA Privacy Policy Acknowledgement
  4. Third-party Billing

Under the heading/tab INSURANCE, enter your policy information and upload a picture of your insurance card.

Lastly, if you haven’t done so already - upload proof you completed your COVID-19 vaccination series. Under the heading/tab UPLOAD, attach an image such as your CDC white vaccine card or snapshot of LA Wallet app.

There are no available appointments on the schedule!

We will continue to offer additional opportunities for booster shots as we receive additional supplies of vaccine. Please continue to check here for availability.

When am I considered fully boosted?

You are considered fully boosted (receiving the full protection from your booster shot) 7 days after receiving your booster shot. If you received your booster shot less than 7 days prior to being exposed, then you will be considered "not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations" and will need to follow the CDC's guidelines for quarantine. Please reach out to covid@loyno.edu immediately regarding potential exposure.