COVID-19 vaccination (primary and boosters):

On September 1st, 2022, CDC/ACIP authorized two boosters containing the original COVID-19 strain plus Omicron variants (Moderna and Pfizer mRNA "bivalent" vaccines) for all persons age 12 or older who are at least 2 months from their most recent COVID immunization. In addition, if you have been ill with COVID-19 recently, CDC recommends waiting 3 months since your infection before getting the bivalent booster. To determine which vaccine or booster you should receive, please visit the CDC Vaccines for COVID-19 website.

From Oct 7 - Dec 9, 2023, MSU is offering appointment-based Moderna bivalent boosters at vaccine clinics every Friday from noon - 3 pm for current MSU students, faculty, and staff. Please bring your active MSU ID and your COVID vaccination card to the booster clinic at your appointment time. The clinic is in the same location as the past two years: the Bobcat Grill area in the basement of the SUB, adjacent to the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and across the hall from the SUB Rec Center (bowling alley, pool tables, etc.).

Click here to schedule a Moderna bivalent booster at a Friday vaccine clinic.
Note - on the webpage this link opens (PrepMod), you do not need to enter any search information, just scroll down to available MSU clinics.When you click on "Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccination", you will be able to choose any available time slot; if none are left, please select the next available date. We will not be offering boosters over winter break, and please check back in January to see if there is sufficient demand to reopen them for Spring Semester.

If you need a primary series vaccine or need a bivalent booster (Moderna or Pfizer) during periods we are not offering a booster-vaccine clinic, please visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

last updated 12-06-22

 

Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 vaccines are effective, and their safety is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. The CDC recommends that people get a vaccine as soon as they are eligible and able.

Between Dec. 14, 2020, and mid-May, more than 272 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials and met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality so that they could be granted emergency use authorization.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

CDC, FDA, and other federal agencies will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they continue to become more broadly used in the population.

 

Looking for flu vaccine information?

Student Health Partners offers vaccinations for influenza by appointment and at periodic walk-up clinics. More information on flu shots is available on the Medical Services website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether MSU offers the Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson. or Novavax COVID-19 vaccines (and others as they become available) depends on the available supply and what Student Health Partners keeps in stock. Student Health Partners will specify which company’s vaccine will be offered when it communicates about availability.

CDC and the FDA continue to update guidance on how many vaccinations individuals should receive. For the latest advice, please review this CDC website: COVID-19 Vaccines for Specific Groups of People.

MSU is currently offering doses of federally-supported COVID vaccines to its eligible students and employees free of cost.

Common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are similar to flu vaccines you may have received in the past. They include pain and swelling at the injection site. People can also experience flu-like symptoms — fever, chills, fatigue and headache — for a few days after receiving a shot.

Should redness or tenderness at the injection site worsen after 24 hours, or if the side effects are worrying you and do not seem to be going away after a few days, consult a doctor.

Some individuals have experienced a severe allergic reaction to vaccinations. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and think you are having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients in the vaccines should not get vaccinated. Also, if you have any allergic reaction to the first dose, you should discuss with your medical provider before receiving a second dose. The following PDF fact sheets include lists of ingredients in each company’s vaccine.

Yes. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated whether they had had COVID-19 or not. You may receive a vaccination as soon as you complete isolation for your COVID-19 infection.

Scientists aren't sure yet how long you're protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. This natural immunity after being sick varies from person to person.

It's rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get reinfected, and it's uncommon for people to get the disease again with 90 days of recovering, but the science isn't certain yet.

The CDC notes, however, that if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Following guidelines set forth by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, MSU is not requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and we are not asking for COVID-19 vaccination records. MSU campus life should be the same for students regardless of their vaccination status. Precautions such as masks and social distancing will be voluntary.

That said, we strongly recommend that all students and members of the campus community get the vaccine while it is free and widely available.

Student vaccination requirements are decided by the Montana Board of Regents, which is the governing body of the state's university system. The board has not adopted a policy requring COVID-19 vaccinations, as it has for other immunizations. Students need to follow all immunization requirements set by the Regents. For questions concerning Board of Regents policies, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

No. You will not test positive on a viral test, such as a nasal swab test, that looks for signs of infection. However, you may test positive on an antibody test. That’s because vaccines teach your body to make its own antibodies to fight viruses.

According to the CDC, people who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to get a vaccine may choose to do so. While the chances of severe health effects from COVID-19 are low, people who are pregnant do have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Breastfeeding is an important consideration but is rarely a safety concern with vaccines, and there is no scientific data to suggest the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe for those who are breastfeeding.

See more vaccine considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

No. The vaccines do not contain infectious material.

Sometimes people get a fever or feel tired for a day or so after getting a vaccine. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

Information about vaccine availability at MSU is posted to the SHP Medical Services homepage and to the COVID-19 website's vaccine information page.

In addition to vaccines being widely available through the Gallatin City-County Health Department, Bozeman Health and other providers, MSU faculty and staff at MSU can sign up for free vaccine clinics offered periodically in the SUB.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccines is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website. Links to those informational pages are below.

Additional information and the answers to many frequently asked questions about the available COVID-19 vaccines are listed on the Gallatin City-County Health Department vaccine information page.

Other questions dealing with your unique health situation should be directed to your health care provider. If you are a student, you can contact the Medical Services division of Student Health Partners by calling 406-994-2311.

Additional Information from the CDC

Additional information and the answers to many frequently asked questions about the available COVID-19 vaccines are listed on the Gallatin City-County Health Department vaccine information page.

 

Updated: 7/19/22