Return to Campus

Visit our FAQ website for the latest information about health and safety.

Back to Top

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.
  • If you are 12+ and received your Pfizer vaccination series (both shots) at least five months ago.
  • 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. 

The CDC has expanded eligibility for an additional booster dose for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19:

  • People over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19. 
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.
  • Individuals 18 years of age and older who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose. 

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?

For your convenience we are offering Moderna booster shots at Student Health Services on Thursdays by appointment only 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. To register for an appointment sign up or call 504-865-3326.

For Pfizer please visit COVID-19 Vaccines | Loyola University New Orleans (loyno.edu) to find a site nearest you. NOLA Ready also hosts regular community vaccine events

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 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 vaccines. Please continue to check here for availability.

When am I considered full vaccinated vs. up to date on vaccines?

A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and one booster dose when eligible. Getting a second booster dose is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time. 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.