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COVID-19 Vaccination

Who is currently eligible to get the vaccine?

Effective Monday, March 29, everyone in Louisiana ages 18 and older is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and older.

Where can eligible individuals get vaccinated?

You can schedule an appointment for your vaccine through any provider or facility you prefer. We highly recommend you use the VaccineFinder, a free online service that searches locations that offer vaccination near your zip code. The Louisiana Department of Health has also provided a list of all vaccine locations organized by parish. Vaccine appointments for the coming week typically open up on Saturday or Sunday, so these are the best days to schedule appointments.

You can make an appointment online through these providers:

In addition, Tulane University has been designated as a distributor of the vaccine for institutions of higher education faculty and staff. Currently, Tulane is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to eligible candidates. Supplies are limited. 

How do I view or change my vaccination information reported to Loyola?

Once you have reported your vaccination status using the this form you will receive an email from covid@loyno.edu with the Title/Subject Line: Loyola COVID Vaccine Link.

The email will provide a direct link so you can enter your vaccination records. This link is unique to you, and is secured by your last name and date of birth to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Please save this email and update as your vaccination status changes.

If you have submitted information or results in error, use this link in your email to edit your responses.

Everyone in the Loyola community who has been vaccinated ANYWHERE should enter/upload vaccination information to Loyola using this form.

I have a vaccine appointment. Can Loyola help with transportation to get my vaccine?

If you need help getting from Loyola to your vaccine site, please email parking@loyno.edu with your name, CWID, and the date, time and location of your appointment. Uber is also providing free rides to the Convention Center for appointment. Call 504.290.5200 to access this service. Please allow 24 – 48 hours advance notice.

How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. All approved vaccines have undergone rigorous testing to make sure they are safe and effective.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines do not contain a dead or a weakened virus that triggers an immune response. Instead, the vaccine contains a genetic instruction manual that tells your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the virus. This is not a new technology—it is called mRNA, or messenger RNA, and it has been around for decades. This is the first time mRNA has been used in a vaccine, but the effect is the same as other vaccines. 

The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, which means that it uses a different virus as a vector to trigger an immune response, which delivers important instructions (in the form of a gene) to our cells. This instructs our cells to make a SARS-CoV-2 antigen called the spike protein. This antigen triggers production of antibodies and a resulting immune response. 

Other vaccines work in different ways, but they produce the same result by prompting our bodies to recognize and protect us from the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about vaccines from the CDC.

Is it safe to get a vaccine?

Yes, vaccines have been authorized for use by the FDA and have been proven as a safe and effective defense against COVID-19. The vaccines have gone through all of the same steps and met the same standards that are used for developing other vaccines. No steps were skipped during the clinical trials and data review process for COVID-19 vaccines.

I heard that I need to get more than one shot to be vaccinated. Is this true?

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered 21 or 28 days apart depending on the vaccine. You will get the necessary information about the second dose when you get your initial vaccine. The second dose is very important. One dose will not provide long-term protection. 

The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine has now been approved by the FDA for safe and effective use. It is administered in a single dose for full vaccination. 

Learn about different types of vaccinations.

Will the vaccine work against the COVID-19 variants?

The current COVID-19 vaccines should be effective against the U.K. strain of the virus that has been found in Louisiana. A mutation that causes the virus to completely evade the vaccine doesn’t happen easily. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway as new variants appear.

How long will it take for the vaccine to work?

The CDC estimates that it takes a few weeks after full vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. With the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, patients need to receive both doses to be fully vaccinated. Patients should continue to follow all health and safety protocols, like wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands frequently, even after they are fully vaccinated. 

How much will it cost to get vaccinated?

While we remain in the pandemic, the federal government has ensured that vaccines are made available to those in need without cost to the individual.

Will I feel any symptoms after getting the COVID vaccine?

Getting the COVID vaccine will be very similar to the experience of getting any other shot, and a mild reaction is a normal sign that your body is building protection against the virus. Some side effects you may experience include pain or swelling at the injection site, muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue, headache, and fever or chills. Most side effects will be mild and resolve within a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting the vaccine from the CDC.

I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered. Should I get the vaccine?

Yes, the CDC recommends that you get vaccinated regardless of if you’ve had COVID-19 previously. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from the virus. Getting vaccinated is a safer way to build long-term protection from the virus. However, you should wait until you are fully recovered before receiving the vaccine. Talk to your doctor to determine an individual care plan.  

Do I need to quarantine if I have been fully vaccinated?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Do I need to quarantine if I have been fully vaccinated?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Although the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission.

Do I need to follow the same health and safety protocols after I am vaccinated?

Yes. Getting vaccinated is an extremely powerful tool to help slow the spread of the virus, and it will help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or requiring hospitalization. However, experts don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. That’s why we all need to continue to do our part to keep our community safe, including wearing face coverings, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. All current Loyola health policies will remain in effect for vaccinated individuals. 

Do I need to use #CampusClear after I am fully vaccinated?

Yes, all members of the Loyola community who will spend any amount of time on campus must continue to use the health app daily. Just like social distancing and masking, checking symptoms daily is an important step to help prevent the spread of the virus in our community. The app only takes a few seconds to complete and can help you assess how you’re feeling to avoid spreading the virus to others who are not fully protected.