COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of August 23rd, 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  As announced by President Gabel and approved by the Board of Regents, the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement is now in effect for all enrolled University of Minnesota students.  

All students enrolled online or in person must complete the COVID-19 vaccination form by October 8, 2021, which asks students to report their vaccination information or to request a medical or religious exemption. 

How to Complete Your COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

To avoid or remove registration holds, complete the COVID-19 vaccination form. Additional answers to your questions regarding the new requirement are available on the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students

On the Duluth campus, the vaccine is also available through local hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in the Duluth community. Please review detailed information here. 

COVID-19 booster doses-CDC has expanded recommendations for booster shots to now include everyone 12 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or adults 18 years and older who received a Moderna (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary series at least 5 months ago.  Those who received 1 dose of the Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should also get their booster dose at least 2 months after their initial vaccination.  For more information please visit the CDC website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can visit COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC for more information. 

New resource! MYTHBUSTERS!  Please visit the MDH for more information that debunks a lot of common myths around COVID-19 vaccines.

Are there any side effects? What should I expect to feel like after receiving the vaccine?

Yes.  The most common side effects are injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Some people in the clinical trials have reported fever. Side effects are more common after the second dose; younger adults, who have more robust immune systems, reported more side effects than older adults.

To be clear: These side effects are a sign of an appropriate immune system response. They do not signal that the vaccine is unsafe. To date there are no serious, long-term side effects associated with receipt of these vaccines, which will be closely monitored as their use expands. 

Can I still become infected even after receiving the vaccine?

Yes, breakthrough infections are being documented, but these occur rarely, and thankfully the majority of patients with breakthrough infections have mild symptoms only.  

Is there any cost?  

The vaccines themselves are free to recipients but there may be a charge for administering the vaccine by the clinic or health care entity giving the shot. This charge, called an administration fee, is usually covered by insurance. 

Vaccine Availability

The Minnesota Department of Health keeps its citizens informed through their “Who’s Getting Vaccinated?” website and the “vaccine connector,” a tool that helps find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Current status on the Duluth campus:


  • The national VaccineFinder website is useful for locating the vaccine at pharmacies and clinics within a certain distance from a zip code.


  • On behalf of UMD, Dr. David Worley continues to advocate with MDH, St. Louis County, and the UMTC HERO office for UMD students, faculty, and staff to receive vaccines.

Once I get vaccinated, can I still get other people sick? 

Yes.  The vaccine is intended to protect you from getting seriously sick; however, it may not protect you from spreading the virus to others.