COVID-19 Vaccine


Campus Health Center is administering COVID-19 primary series vaccines to current students, faculty, and staff at no out-of-pocket cost. Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.

Campus Health Center offers the following COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen)

As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters.


COVID-19 Booster


Campus Health Center is administering COVID-19 bivalent boosters to current students, faculty, and staff at no out-of-pocket cost. You are eligible to receive a bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since you completed your primary COVID-19 vaccine series.  Schedule your COVID-19 bivalent booster appointment here.

The CDC recommends the use of updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. These bivalent boosters target the most recent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, which are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of omicron.

Click here for current  CDC Recommendations.



  1. Complete the Campus Daily Screener prior to entering the Campus Health Center.
  2. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  3. Complete your mobile pre-check in.
  4. Wear a mask.
  5. Bring your WSU OneCard, government issued ID (driver’s license or passport), and insurance card (if you have one).
  6. If getting a booster, bring your Vaccination Card so our provider can update it with your booster dose.
  7. Be prepared to stay at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine.














Has Wayne State mandated vaccines?

Yes. To protect the health and safety of our campus community, Wayne State requires all students, faculty and staff to receive their COVID-19 vaccination primary series, a booster and the influenza (flu) vaccination, or have an approved waiver.

Do I need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Campus Health Center?

Yes. Schedule an appointment online or call 313-577-5041. We offer the COVID-19 vaccine and booster to enrolled students, faculty, and staff for no out-of-pocket charge. We 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.

Can I choose between receiving the Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)  vaccine?

Yes. We typically have all three vaccines available.

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


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

No. Spouses and dependents are not eligible to receive the vaccine through Wayne State.

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

If you experience symptoms, complete the Campus Daily Screener and one of our knowledgeable staff will call you back. Screener staff are available 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.

Once I receive a vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?

Generally, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.  Wayne State requires masks be worn in classrooms and laboratories, but are optional in most other campus locations.  Click here for the latest WSU requirements. For the safety of our patients and staff, masks are required at the Campus Health Center.

Where do I find the most current data on WSU COVID-19 cases?

The Wayne State  COVID-19 Dashboard provides weekly information regarding COVID-19 cases on campus.

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

You will need to get a temporary extension from the Campus Health Committee. Upload your current vaccine card to the mandate system. You will receive an email noting you are not compliant. You should then email the to request a temporary extension.

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

You are encouraged you to email, and they will work with you individually. Include that you are an international student in the subject line and include your contact information in the body of the email.

Can I be tested for COVID-19 for free at Campus Health Center?

Yes. Schedule an appointment online or call 313-577-5041. We offer COVID-19 testing to enrolled students, faculty, and staff for no out-of-pocket charge. We 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.

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.

What are some of the possible side effects after the vaccine/booster?

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

How long after the injection does the COVID-19 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.

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 having COVID-19?

You do not need to wait to get your vaccine unless you received monoclonal antibodies as a treatment. Get your vaccines as soon as your symptoms have resolved.

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

No. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot.

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

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, public health experts are seeing reduced protection over time against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations.

Are booster shots the same formulation as existing vaccines?

Yes. COVID-19 boosters are the same ingredients (formulation) as the current COVID-19 vaccines.

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

Yes, the definition of fully vaccinated does not include a booster. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinationswhich includes getting boosters when eligible.

Does the definition of up to date include a booster?

Yes. You are up to date if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.



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