COVID-19 Vaccinations

Last Updated: April 1, 2022

 

 

Second Booster Shot

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that people age 50 and up are eligible for a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after their first shot. The second booster is meant to bolster waning immunity against severe disease in case there is another COVID surge in the coming months. The Food and Drug Administration also authorized a second booster for people 12 and older with certain immune deficiencies.

Moderately/severely immunosuppressed individuals aged 12-17 may receive a second booster of Pfizer vaccine while those aged 18 and up may receive either Pfizer or Moderna. Previously, immunocompromised individuals were eligible for an additional (third) mRNA primary series dose and one booster dose (4 total doses). Now, immunocompromised individuals 12 and up are eligible for a second booster, or fifth total dose.
 
Tulane strongly recommends that everyone who is eligible for a booster under this new guidance receive one. More details on scheduling your booster at Tulane, or at area pharmacies, as well as information on the specific vaccines recommended for individuals based on age and immune status is below.

  • Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines: A second booster dose of both COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
     
  • Pfizer Vaccine: A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with moderate or severe immunosuppression at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
     
  • Moderna Vaccine: A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 18 years of age and older with moderate or severe immunosuppression at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
     
  • Pfizer booster doses are full-strength while Moderna booster doses are typically half the strength of Moderna primary series doses.
 
mRNA booster dose for Johnson & Johnson also approved 

In addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna)

Scheduling Your Booster Shot

As a service to faculty, students and staff eligible to receive a booster, our uptown and downtown vaccine clinics are open. The Downtown Vaccine Clinic is currently operating in the old Book Store in the Hutchinson building at 1430 Tulane Avenue. The Uptown Vaccine Clinic is located in the lobby of the Phelps building. Appointments are required. To make an appointment to receive your booster vaccine, please use this link and choose "Booster" for the appointment reason.

This consent form must also be completed, signed and brought to your scheduled appointment.

Family members of Tulane faculty, students and staff are also eligible to receive their booster. Appointments can be made by emailing covidvaccine@tulane.edu. Appointments will be facilitated at the downtown location only.

  • TO RECEIVE YOUR FOURTH DOSE, YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR CDC VACCINE CARD OR LA WALLET APP. DUPLICATE VACCINE CARDS WILL NOT BE CREATED AT THE CLINIC. If you have any questions, please email covidvaccine@tulane.edu.
     
  • Booster vaccines are also available at many area pharmacies.
     
  • Don’t forget to update your vaccination records in the Campus Health patient portal.

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Booster Requirement

Faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate and professional students currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster are required to complete and submit documentation showing proof that they have received a booster, if eligible, through the Campus Health patient portal by January 17, or as soon as they become eligible and have completed their booster. We know that some may have received guidance from their healthcare providers to delay receiving their boosters and we will be flexible with such individuals.

If you received a booster at one of the Tulane Vaccine Clinics located on the uptown or downtown campuses, you do not have to submit documentation showing proof of this. All currently eligible students, as well as faculty and staff, should receive their booster as soon as possible. If you received your booster from an entity outside of Tulane, please submit documentation through the Campus Health patient portal.

Please check here to review current eligibility guidance for boosters, as this guidance has recently changed. Current CDC guidance does not exclude previously positive individuals from receiving the COVID-19 booster.

Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer 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.

Scheduling Your Booster Shot

As a service to faculty, students and staff eligible to receive a booster, our uptown and downtown vaccine clinics are open. The Downtown Vaccine Clinic is currently operating in the lobby of the JBJ building, 1324 Tulane Avenue. The Uptown Vaccine Clinic is located in the 1834 Club on the second floor of the LBC. Appointments are required.

  • To make an appointment to receive your booster vaccine, please use this link and choose "Third Dose" for the appointment reason.
     
  • This consent form must also be completed, signed and brought to your scheduled appointment.
     
  • TO RECEIVE YOUR THIRD DOSE, YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR CDC VACCINE CARD OR LA WALLET APP. DUPLICATE VACCINE CARDS WILL NOT BE CREATED AT THE CLINIC. If you have any questions, please email covidvaccine@tulane.edu.
     
  • Booster vaccines are also available at many area pharmacies.
How to submit your COVID-19 vaccine record:
  1. Log into the patient portal using your Tulane email address (without the @tulane.edu) and your email password
  2. Click "Immunization" in the top menu (be patient while the page loads)
  3. Find the “COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended” and click in the blue bar so the drop down appears
  4. Fill in the date you received the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. When finished, click "Submit."
  5. Please click the link to upload a copy of your vaccine documentation so that your information can be verified, it will appear via a pop-up window.
  6. To upload your documentation, click the drop-down arrow and select “proof of COVID-19 Vaccine."
  7. Click select file to upload your documentation.

For questions about uploading documentation, please email chtestresults@tulane.edu. For all COVID vaccine questions, please email covidvaccine@tulane.edu.

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Vaccine Clinics

As a service to faculty, students, and staff eligible to receive a booster, Tulane has opened a vaccine clinic on the uptown campus in addition to the vaccine clinic currently operating in the lobby of the JBJ building, 1324 Tulane Avenue. The uptown clinic will be located in the 1834 Club on the second floor of the LBC beginning the week of Oct. 25.

The uptown clinic will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the downtown clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eligible students, faculty and staff can make appointments for their booster vaccine at either the uptown or downtown clinic.

  • To make an appointment to receive your booster vaccine, please use this link and choose "Third Dose" for the appointment reason.
     
  • This consent form must also be completed, signed and brought to your scheduled appointment.

TO RECEIVE YOUR THIRD DOSE, YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR CDC VACCINE CARD OR LA WALLET APP. DUPLICATE VACCINE CARDS WILL NOT BE CREATED AT THE CLINIC. If you have any questions, please email covidvaccine@tulane.edu.

Family and friends of Tulane employees can also request a booster appointment by sending their name and phone number to covidvaccine@tulane.edu. A representative will call individuals back to schedule their appointment.

Please Note: Vaccination status does not preclude Tulane University COVID-19 testing requirements. All individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status are required to complete COVID testing when they receive their QR code.

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TULANE-SPECIFIC FAQs

 

Vaccination Booster

Who should get the COVID-19 booster shot?

All students, faculty, staff and contract employees will be required to receive a booster shot once they become eligible for one. Booster records must be uploaded to the Campus Health patient portal.

If I’ve already been vaccinated with one COVID-19 vaccine, can I receive a different COVID-19 vaccine as my third booster?

Yes. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 booster shot?

Similar to the regular shots, namely soreness or redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and occasional fever and chills.

If I had a breakthrough COVID-19 case, should I still get the booster shot?

We don’t yet know the answer since we don’t know how a breakthrough infection compares to a booster vaccine. It may still be prudent to get a booster if you are in a group for which boosters are recommended.

If I received monoclonal antibodies treatment, when can I receive my booster shot?

The recommendation is to wait 90 days after receiving a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment before getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot

How long should I wait between getting my COVID-19 booster shot and my flu shot?

You can get the flu shot with, or at any time before or after, the COVID-19 booster.

 

For Students

Will the university require students to receive a COVID-19 booster for the Spring 2022 semester?

Yes. All students will be required to receive a booster shot once they become eligible for one. Booster records must be uploaded to the Campus Health patient portal.

How should students submit proof of vaccination to the university?

If you have completed the full vaccine sequence through an entity outside of Tulane, please update your vaccination records through the Campus Health Patient Portal. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

Will vaccinated students still need to participate in the asymptomatic testing program?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester regardless of vaccine status or the presence of antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection. This is subject to change as public health guidance evolves. More information will be provided closer to the fall.

Would students spending the spring semester abroad or in absentia and not on campus need to be vaccinated?

Students studying abroad need to be vaccinated. Students in absentia for the entire spring 2022 semester are not required to be vaccinated, but they must receive, and provide proof of having received, an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine if they plan to return for the spring 2022 semester.

What if a student is unable to receive an FDA authorized vaccine?

Students who are unable to receive an FDA-authorized vaccines (for example, international students traveling from certain countries) prior to their arrival or return to campus for the fall semester will have the opportunity to consult with Campus Health staff about whether vaccination in Louisiana is appropriate.  For those who may be directed to be vaccinated here, a grace period for vaccination will be allowed. If students have already received vaccines that are not authorized by the FDA, Campus Health will make individualized determinations about the need for additional vaccines based on which vaccines such students have received and relevant public health guidance. Questions about this can be directed to covidvaccine@tulane.edu.

 

For Faculty and Staff

Is the university requiring that faculty and staff receive a COVID-19 booster?

Yes, all faculty, staff and contract employees will be required to receive a booster shot once they become eligible for one. Booster records must be uploaded to the Campus Health patient portal.

Will faculty and staff still need to participate in the asymptomatic testing program?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester regardless of vaccine status or the presence of antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection. This is subject to change as public health guidance evolves. More information will be provided closer to the fall.

Will Tulane pay for related expenses should we get sick from the vaccine?

If you work for Tulane and are covered under a Tulane insurance program, those expenses will be paid under your insurance plan.

 

For All Tulane Community Members

Does the university offer the vaccination to faculty, staff, and students?

The Tulane Vaccine Clinic, located on the ground floor of the JBJ Building at 1324 Tulane Avenue, currently has daily appointment openings for COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty and staff. Tulane students, faculty and staff can make an appointment via this link. Please fill out the vaccine consent form in advance and bring it to your appointment.

A Vaccine Clinic is also open on the ground floor of Phelps Residence Hall. You may schedule an appointment at either the uptown clinic or the downtown clinic.

What COVID-19 vaccines may be used to fulfill the university’s vaccination requirement?

Students are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA. Currently, there are three such vaccines and information about them is available on the FDA website.

How will the university use information I submit regarding my proof of vaccination?

This information may be used to determine your COVID-19 vaccination status and your suitability for certain university activities and for reporting and operational planning purposes. The university will store this information in accordance with its information security policy and will restrict access to a limited number of authorized personnel. In addition, Campus Health and other authorized personnel may use relevant portions of this  information to ensure compliance with COVID-19 policies Tulane University has put in place to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

I've been vaccinated. Do I still need to follow university COVID protocols? And should I let the university know I've been vaccinated?

If you've been vaccinated, you must continue to follow university protocols on mask wearing, physical distancing and regular participation in the asymptomatic testing protocol. The only difference is that you may not need to quarantine if you were exposed to a positive case or recently traveled.

If you have completed the full vaccine sequence from an entity outside of Tulane, please update your vaccination records through the Campus Health Patient Portal. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

Will Tulane be monitoring vaccine recipients?

Yes. If you have already received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine from an entity outside of Tulane, please submit documentation through the Campus Health patient portal to update your vaccination records. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

 

Please email CovidVaccine@Tulane.edu with any further questions.

For more information about vaccines click here.

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