COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Updated June 3, 2021)

On the Duluth campus, the availability of the vaccine through the summer months is at hospitals, clinics. and pharmacies in the Duluth community. Please review detailed information here. 

For fall, Health Services is exploring the ability to offer the vaccine to students through clinic appointments. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can visit COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC for more information. The MDH also has a newly released timeline on vaccine eligibility groups. 

New resource! We have new material, 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?

Clinical trials indicate that most vaccine recipients reached some level of protective immunity from infection or less severe infection if exposed to COVID approximately 2  weeks after receiving the second injection.  This means it is important for you to continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing between vaccinations and up to two weeks following your second injection. 

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

(Updated April 12, 2021)

Multiple vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and have been shown to be effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalizations due to COVID-19. As of March 30, all Minnesotans age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

As outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health, is coordinating the vaccination effort in Minnesota. Find the latest information on vaccine data, distribution, and availability on the MN Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine website

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:

Do I have to report that I have been vaccinated? 

Vaccine Requirements

The University has not made a final decision regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements. At this time, the University continues to actively track and follow federal and state laws and guidance regarding the use, administration and approval of vaccines. We trust that the legal and regulatory landscape will become more developed in the coming months as the vaccines become more accessible.

Is it required for students living on campus? 

Because the vaccines are currently under Emergency Use Authorization status, the vaccines cannot be required. However, this could change in the future if the vaccines were no longer under this status. 

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.  Until we get to herd immunity, that is the majority of the population has either had the virus or has had the vaccine, it is important to maintain social distancing and continue to wear a mask.