What to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine
NAU has become a COVID-19 State vaccination site. To learn more and schedule appointments, visit NAU’s COVID-19 State Vaccination site. Now that vaccine eligibility in Coconino County has opened to anyone 16 and older, we encourage all students to register for a vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect after getting the vaccine? Accordion Closed
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. More information can be found on the CDC website.
When do I get vaccinated after I tested positive for COVID-19? Accordion Closed
The CDC states that you are able to get vaccinated when you complete your isolation for COVID-19. If you have had antibody treatment or convalescent plasma, you are recommended to wait for 90 days from treatment before getting vaccinated. Our medical providers typically recommend delaying vaccination for at least 30 days and up to 90 days. Waiting 6 weeks to get the first vaccine will put you on schedule to get the second shot at 10 weeks, so your body should start producing antibodies as the immunity from the infection decreases. Another good reason to wait is because your immune system is very activated after the infection and you might have more side effects from getting the vaccine. If you would like to discuss personal recommendations for what is best for you individually, we encourage you to schedule a telehealth appointment with your provider.
What if I lose my COVID-19 Vaccination card? Accordion Closed
Records of all vaccinations done at Campus Health are kept and can be printed from the patient portal.
For a patient to get the record of their immunization –
- Log into the student portal
- Click NAU student/employee
- Do the 2 point authentication
- On the left click on immunization history
- Click print in the upper right corner
COVID-19 Vaccine Patient Education
1. Now that I have received my first dose of vaccine, am I protected from COVID-19? Accordion Closed
No. According to the CDC, a second dose of the vaccine is required to provide the best protection against COVID-19.
2. Is it safe for me to stop wearing my mask now? Accordion Closed
No. While vaccines are an important tool in managing the pandemic, we must all continue to adhere to safety measures until we achieve herd immunity. This includes:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others
- Stay at least 6 feet from others
- Avoid crowds
- Avoid indoor spaces with poor ventilation
- Wash your hands often
3. What is herd immunity? Accordion Closed
Herd immunity occurs when enough people in a community are protected from a disease because they have either been vaccinated against or recovered from it. The WHO and CDC are studying what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated to stop COVID-19 from spreading.
4. Why is it important to continue wearing masks and physically distancing? Accordion Closed
This will help protect others who have not yet been vaccinated and those at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. It will also help speed up the process of returning to our normal activities.
5. Does the vaccine help prevent me from spreading the virus to others? Accordion Closed
It is not clear at this time. While the vaccines are safe and effective at protecting you from the virus, more research is being done to see if it also prevents you from spreading it to others.
6. When can I be around my friends and family? Accordion Closed
It’s important to continue to avoid close contact with others outside your household until more is learned about the protective properties of the vaccine. Check the CDC for updates.
7. Can the vaccine give me COVID-19? Accordion Closed
No. The approved vaccines do not contain live virus so they cannot give you COVID-19.
8. Could I still get COVID-19 before my second dose of vaccine? Accordion Closed
Yes. It’s possible that you could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 prior to getting vaccinated. And because you don’t have maximum protection until after your second dose, you could get COVID-19 if you are exposed between doses.
9. What about the new strains of COVID? Accordion Closed
We know that viruses mutate including the virus that causes COVID-19. Early indications are that the vaccination is protective against the current known mutations. We want to try to prevent continued spread of the virus so that additional mutations can be stopped before they occur.
10. When will I be protected from COVID-19? Accordion Closed
Maximum protection from the vaccine is likely reached 1-2 weeks after the second shot.
What if I tested positive for COVID 19 after the first dose? Accordion Closed
We recommend you wait at least 6 weeks from your positive test before getting your second vaccine.
Are the side effects any different for the second dose? Accordion Closed
Most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms. Please check the CDC website for further details.
About 55–83% of people develop at least one systemic symptom following the second vaccination. Most systemic post-vaccination signs and symptoms are mild to moderate in severity, occur within the first three days of vaccination (the day of vaccination and following two days, with most occurring the day after vaccination), resolve within 1-2 days of onset, and are more frequent and severe following the second dose and among younger persons compared to those who are older (>55 years).