Campus Health Center is administering COVID-19 vaccines to current students, faculty and staff  on Tuesdays. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please call 313-577-5105 (vaccine hotline) or 313-577-5041.



  1. Complete the Campus Daily Screener prior to entering the Campus Health Center
  2. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time
  3. A mask is required regardless of vaccination status
  4. Read required documents ahead of time
  5. Bring your WSU One Card and a government issued ID (driver’s license or passport)
  6. Bring insurance card if you have one
  7. Be prepared to stay at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine
  8. Read appropriate vaccine information prior to your appointment via COVID Vaccination Patient Information QR Codes , or the links below



Campus Health Center is administering COVID-19 boosters to current students, faculty and staff on Tuesdays. To schedule a COVID-19 booster appointment, please call 313-577-5105 (vaccine hotline) or 313-577-5041.




  • Ages 12 years and older (Five months since second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months since Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

SECOND BOOSTER: Only the groups below are eligible for a second booster.

  • Ages 50 years and older (four months since first booster)
  • Ages 18 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (four months since first booster)
  • Ages 12 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised – eligible for Pfizer (four months since first booster)

CDC definition of moderately to severely immunocompromised.

For additional information refer to CDC Guidelines



  1. Complete the Campus Daily Screener prior to entering the Campus Health Center
  2. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time
  3. A mask is required regardless of vaccination status
  4. Bring your WSU One Card and a government issued ID (driver’s license or passport)
  5. Bring insurance card if you have one
  6. Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose.
    • Please note, if you cannot find your card, your time in the clinic may be extended to allow time for CHC staff to search for your previous doses in MCIR.
  7. Be prepared to stay at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19.
  8. Read appropriate vaccine booster information prior to your appointment

If you have questions, please review our FAQs below, call the Campus Health Center at 313-577-5105 (vaccine hotline), email, or email the Campus Health Committee at












What should I do if I am having symptoms of COVID-19?

If you experience any symptoms, we ask that you complete the Campus Daily Screener immediately and one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff members will call you back. Screener staff are available to call our WSU community seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.  For your safety and the safety of others, do not walk in to the Campus Health Center unannounced.

Has WSU mandated vaccines?

Yes. To best protect the health and safety of our campus community, Wayne State will require all students, faculty and staff to receive their COVID-19 vaccination as well as the influenza (flu) vaccination and booster or have an approved waiver for the winter 2022 semester. You can submit your proof of vaccination online.  More information is available on the vaccine mandate webpage.

Once I receive a vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask and practicing social distancing?

Currently, masks are required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated people are still recommended to mask up when outdoors and around large crowds. Masking and social distancing guidelines will change based on the number of positive cases in the city or state. For the most current campus information visit

Where do I find the most up-to-date data on WSU coronavirus cases?

The Wayne State University COVID-19 Dashboard is a source of information for us to remain updated on COVID-19 data related to our campus community. Please visit the COVID-19 Dashboard weekly for updated information.

I’ve only received one of two required vaccine doses — can I still come to campus?

Students that have started the vaccination process but are not fully vaccinated should upload their vaccine card to the mandate system. After receiving the email from the submission process noting they are not compliant, they should email to request a temporary extension in order to be allowed on campus.

Do I need an appointment to get vaccinated at the Campus Health Center?

Yes, to schedule an appointment, please call 313-577-5105 or 313-577-5041.

Can I be tested for coronavirus for free at Campus Health Center?

The Campus Health Center offers COVID-19 testing on Wayne State University’s campus to enrolled students, faculty, and staff for no out-of-pocket charge. The Campus Health Center will bill insurance but if insurance does not cover the testing or if a patient does not have insurance, there is no out-of-pocket cost.

Will I be able to choose between receiving the Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)  vaccine?

Campus Health Center typically has more than one brand available, but what brand is stocked depends on vaccine supply.  Call for the most up-to-date options available to you.

Will Canadian/International students be eligible to receive the vaccine from WSU?


I’m an international student. How do I navigate the vaccine mandate?

Each international student’s ability to meet the vaccine mandate is a little bit different, so you are encouraged you to email, and they will work with you individually. Please include that you are an international student in the subject line and include your contact information in the body of the email.

Does my booster shot have to be the same as my original vaccine?

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Why are breakthrough cases occurring more frequently in fully vaccinated individuals?

We are currently seeing a rise in breakthrough cases because of the Delta variant, which is eight times more contagious than earlier strains. While the vaccine is still highly effective against the Delta variant — 95% in most people, 90% in people with compromised immune systems or the elderly — it is slightly less effective than we were seeing against previous strains of the virus.  The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Current vaccines are also expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Are booster shots the same formulation as existing vaccines?

Yes. COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, it is half the dose of the vaccine people get for their primary series.

What are the risks to getting a COVID booster shot?

So far, reactions reported after getting a booster shot were like those of the two-shot or single-dose primary series. Fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the two-shot or single-dose primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Am I considered fully vaccinated even if I don’t get the booster?

Everyone 5 years and older is recommended to receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of:

  • A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
  • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection decreases over time and may also be decreased due to changes in circulating variants. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further increases the importance of vaccination and boosters to protect against COVID-19.

Who needs an additional primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Receiving an additional primary dose only applies to moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have received an mRNA COVD-19 vaccine primary series (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna).

What if I cannot find my COVID-19 vaccine card?

Your time in the clinic may be extended to allow time for our Campus Health Center staff to search for your previous doses in MCIR.

Do I need to get vaccinated even if I had COVID-19 or tested positive for antibodies?

Yes. Natural immunity only seems to last between 60 and 90 days. After that, you are susceptible to reinfection. The vaccine has been proven to give more complete, longer lasting immunity, to keep you healthy and safe.

How long should I wait to get my vaccine after I’ve recovered from COVID-19?

If you have had COVID-19, you do not need to wait to get your vaccine unless you received monoclonal antibodies as a treatment. Get it as soon as possible after your symptoms have resolved.

I’m worried the vaccine was rushed. Has a vaccine ever been created as quickly or distributed as widely as this one?

This is likely the most studied vaccine in history. Scientists have been working aggressively on developing MRNA vaccines for the past decade, and viral vector vaccines (such as the Janssen vaccine) since the 1970’s.  Their research studies support the safety of the technology. In developing the COVID-19 vaccines specifically, large trials in diverse groups of patients — more patients than any other vaccine trial, ever — proved their safety and efficacy. Now, we also have a great deal of real-world data backing up the conclusions of the clinical trials.

What’s the difference between “emergency use authorization” and full approval?

Emergency use authorization is granted by the FDA when a drug or vaccine would be lifesaving and is based on a shorter timeframe of data — in this case, two or three months, versus the usual six. Full approval for the COVID-19 vaccines should be coming very soon.

Should I be concerned about children contracting COVID-19?

Children are susceptible to COVID-19. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children than adults, it can make children very sick, require hospitalization, and some children have even died. Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness compared to children without underlying medical conditions.

Are our spouses and dependents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from WSU?

WSU faculty, staff and students are eligible to receive the vaccine through WSU. Spouses and dependents are not eligible to receive the vaccine through Wayne State.  To find a vaccine distribution site close to you, or for your family members, visit or call the hotline at 1-800-232-0233

What are some of the possible side effects after the injection?

Side effects reported may include soreness at the injection site, fatigue and occasionally a low-grade fever. While side effects are fairly common, especially after the second dose, they are mild and tend to disappear within a day or two.

How long after the injection does the vaccine work?

Full protection comes fourteen days after the second dose (for the two-dose series), or fourteen days after the first dose of the one-dose vaccine.

If I have had a known reaction to other vaccines in the past, should I avoid taking the vaccine for COVID-19?

Tell your doctor if you have ever had a reaction to a vaccine. This is important information for your doctor to have while assessing whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

After I’m vaccinated, can I be immune but still pass the virus to someone else?

The vaccines are highly effective at reducing illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 but nothing is 100%. Though rare, you can be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus and potentially pass it on to others.  Scientists are still learning how effective the vaccines are against the new variants.

Is the vaccine safe for my child?

Vaccination is now recommended for everyone ages 5 years and older. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only one available to children ages 5 years and older. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Scientists have conducted clinical trials with thousands of children, and the results show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective..

Are there travel restrictions?

Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date travel restrictions.


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