What to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine
NAU Campus Health is once again offering COVID-19 vaccines. To schedule appointments visit your Campus Health Patient Portal. CHS COVID Clinics:
- Tuesdays 9:00am-11:30am
- Wednesdays 9:00am-11:30am
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. For additional information and locations, please visit the COVID-19 State Vaccination Site.
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.
How do I print a copy of my immunizations? Accordion Closed
All verified vaccinations can be printed or viewed from the patient portal.
- Log into the Campus Health Patient Portal
- Click NAU student/employee
- Complete the 2 factor authentication
- On the left menu, click “immunization history”
- Click “print” in the upper right corner
I’ve already been vaccinated, but not at NAU Campus Health Services. How do I upload my card? Accordion Closed
How can I check if my card has been uploaded? Accordion Closed
Log into the Campus Health Patient Portal and choose “NAU Student/Employee” and log in with your NAU credentials. Click “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine Information” to review what has been uploaded or recorded. If the fields are empty, follow the on-screen prompts to enter your information. If you’re having trouble with the upload, please visit information on uploading vaccine documentation.
What about boosters? Accordion Closed
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Those seeking a booster dose are asked to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card with them. The booster dose offers additional protection for those at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease and authorized for those who received the Moderna vaccine in their initial vaccine series.
Locations for all three Boosters are available at the COVID-19 State Vaccination Site. Moderna booster is available at NAU Campus Health as well.
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, additional doses of the vaccine are required to provider 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 or community 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
COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. However, some vaccinated people can still spread some variants.
6. 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.
7. Could I still get COVID-19 before my additional dose of vaccine? Accordion Closed
Yes. It’s possible that you could have been exposed to someone with COVID – 19 prior to getting vaccinated. You could also get COVID -19 if you are exposed between doses.
8. What about the new strains of COVID? Accordion Closed
• We know that viruses mutate including the virus that causes COVID -19. Vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them.
• To receive the most protection, people should receive all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. Experts continue to monitor and evaluate how often this occurs, how severe their illness is, and how likely a vaccinated person is to spread COVID-19 to others.
9. When will I be protected from COVID-19? Accordion Closed
Maximum protection from the vaccine is likely reached 1-2 weeks after the final dose.
10. 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.
11. Are the side effects any different for the additional doses? 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).