General Health & Vaccine Information
Vaccines are critically important to reducing the transmission and risks of COVID-19. To that end, Denison will continue to provide up-to-date information about vaccines and vaccination resources to help the community understand this important step in addressing the global pandemic. The wider and faster the vaccine is adopted in the United States, Ohio, and among the campus community, the sooner more normal operations can resume.
Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
Currently, three vaccines are authorized for emergency use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration — one made by Pfizer-BioNTech (a two-shot mRNA vaccine given three weeks apart), one by Moderna (a two-shot mRNA vaccine given 4 weeks apart), and one by Johnson & Johnson (a one-shot adenovirus vaccine).
The vaccines are authorized for individuals age 16 and older (Pfizer) and age 18 and older (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).
None of the vaccines carry live coronavirus and you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing symptomatic COVID and severe disease. You can learn more about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as answers to common questions, through the following resources:
- Key Things To Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
- Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe? (Johns Hopkins University Medicine)
- Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US (CDC)
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
- Different Vaccines and How They Work (CDC)
- Vaccine FAQ’s (Johns Hopkins University & Medicine)
- Vaccine FAQ’s (CDC)
- Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
Getting Vaccinated After Having COVID-19
Some people ask whether they still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered. The answer from medical experts is, yes, you should still be vaccinated. Getting COVID-19 might offer some natural protection from reinfection, but it’s not clear how long this protection would last and reinfection is possible. A person should, however, defer vaccination until they have recovered from acute illness (i.e., until symptoms have resolved) and they have been cleared from isolation. Those without symptoms should also wait until they have been cleared from isolation. This CDC page contains guidance for being vaccinated after infection with COVID-19 (see under the header “COVID-19 vaccination and SARS-CoV-2 infection”). This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.
Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?
You will not have to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine. The state of Ohio is purchasing the vaccines for Ohioans and there are no out-of-pocket costs. (Some vaccine providers might charge an administrative fee for giving the shot — this would be fully covered by insurance. While we do not expect any individual to incur any vaccine-related costs, if you do, these will be covered for any uninsured person by Health Resources & Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund, or by Denison).