University Offers Booster Doses to Eligible Students, Employees

November 4, 2021 | COVID-19, News, UToday, UTMC
By Tyrel Linkhorn

The University of Toledo has COVID-19 booster doses available for all members of the campus community who are eligible for the shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends booster doses for everyone age 65 and older six months after their final dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, as well as everyone age 18 and above who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.

Adults younger than 65 who received a full course of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine may be eligible for a booster dose six months after their second dose depending on their individual risk because of health factors or potential for exposure through where they live or work. Examples of workers deemed eligible for boosters by the CDC includes those employed in healthcare and education.

In addition to expanding the number of Americans who were eligible for a booster dose, the CDC also recently approved a mix-and-match approach that allows those eligible for a booster to choose any of the three COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized for emergency use.

Faculty, staff and students can schedule an appointment for a booster dose at the Main Campus Pharmacy or the outpatient pharmacy in the UTMC Medical Pavilion by visiting the Ohio Department of Health’s vaccine scheduling portal.

University pharmacies stock all three vaccines, but daily availability depends on supply.

Johnson & Johnson boosters are available on a walk-in basis at the University Health Center on Main Campus.

Individuals are asked to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card to their appointment.

More information about booster doses is available on UToledo’s vaccine webpage or from the CDC.

A booster dose is not currently needed to be considered fully vaccinated by the CDC and therefore is not part of the University’s requirement that faculty, staff and students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated continues to mean having received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

UToledo students and employees need to upload proof of vaccination to the University’s vaccine registration portal or have an approved exemption by Nov. 15.

Those who still need to receive their initial COVID-19 vaccination also can do so at any of the University’s vaccine distribution sites. Appointments are available through the Ohio Department of Health’s vaccine scheduling portal.

Click to access the login or register cheese