COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

As a University of Minnesota Duluth student, you must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Reporting Process in MyU by September 9, 2022. This requirement applies to all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option students.

 

How to Complete Your Required COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Report:
To avoid or remove registration holds, complete the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption or religious exemption form. 
For more information, please view the UMD Safe Campus Get the Vax websiteFor more information follow the FAQ link here

 

For the Duluth campus, the vaccine is 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 https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/vaxtruths.pdf 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 have been documented.  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 for vaccine availability:

 

  • 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.