Campus Health Center is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to current students, faculty and staff at no cost. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please call 313-577-5105 (vaccine hotline) or 313-577-5041. You must be 18 years or older to receive your vaccine.

Appointment Practices

  1. Please wear a mask
  2. Complete the Campus Daily Screener prior to entering the Campus Health Center
  3. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time
  4. Read required documents ahead of time
  5. Bring your WSU One Card and a government issued ID (driver’s license or passport)
  6. Be prepared to stay at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine
  7. Read appropriate vaccine 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











COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs


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 the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, to best protect the health and safety of our campus community, Wayne State will require all students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus during the fall semester to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. 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.

Why are breakthrough cases occurring more frequently in fully vaccinated individuals? Does this mean the vaccines aren’t working anymore?

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.

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 set up 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. Click here to schedule your COVID-19 test .

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.

How long are the vaccines effective? Should I consider getting a booster?

The data indicates that the vaccines are safe and effective. Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) boosters are now recommended for certain immunocompromised individuals, talk to your doctor to see if you would benefit from receiving a booster. 

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. For those 12 and older, the best way to mitigate the risk of catching it is to get vaccinated. Younger children are not yet able to receive the vaccine, so masking remains our best form of protection. Encourage your children to wear masks, especially indoors, and continue to wear your own — even if you’re vaccinated.

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?

The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for use in people aged 12 years and older. Both Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) are authorized for use in people age 18 and older. Trials in children are ongoing.

Are there travel restrictions?

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


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