The vaccine is one more (important) tool in our toolbox for fighting the pandemic. The only way we will see a more typical fall 2021 semester is if the vast majority of our IU communities get vaccinated.
Here's how you can help us have a more typical fall 2021
- When you're eligible, schedule your vaccine.
- Get all doses required for full protection (one or two, depending on which vaccine you get).
- Let IU know after you've received each dose.
Where will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Every Indiana county has at least one COVID-19 vaccine site. When you're eligible and schedule your vaccine appointment through ourshot.in.gov, you will be able to select where you want to receive your vaccine. It is recommended that you plan to receive both vaccine doses at the same location.
Starting March 29, IU Bloomington will begin operating a vaccine clinic at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, in coordination with the Monroe County Health Department. The site will be open to the public, not only those affiliated with IU. Those eligible for the vaccine -- as determined by the state of Indiana -- can select "IU Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall" in the ourshot.in.gov scheduling system as the location for their vaccine appointment.
As of March 18, plans for vaccine clinics at other IU campuses are in the works but not yet authorized by the state.
What to expect when getting your vaccine
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine will be much like getting any other vaccine. You should wear short sleeves or a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up to your upper arm.
You'll receive the injection in your upper arm. Before you leave the vaccine site, you'll be given the appointment date and time for your second dose, depending on which vaccine you get. It is important to return to the same location for your second dose.
In the 24-48 hours after receiving your vaccine, your arm may feel sore. Other potential side effects will likely be mild, if you have them at all, and may include fever, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, or headache. People who get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine most often feel a greater immune response after their second dose.
Remember, if you feel any of the above side effects, this simply means your body is building protection against COVID-19. It's a good thing!
If you develop symptoms more than 48 hours after receiving the vaccine or they last for more than 24 hours, it could be unrelated to the vaccine. Stay home and contact your doctor.
So, what will change after you've been vaccinated?
- You will be more protected from getting COVID-19.
- You will be helping to protect your friends, loved ones and community by adding to the total number of people vaccinated.
- If you've reported your vaccination to IU, you will not need to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You will have done your part to make the fall 2021 semester more typical.
- You will feel more secure knowing that if you do happen to get COVID-19, you should have a mild case.
And, what will stay the same?
Research is ongoing to know if those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can still pass the virus on to others. Studies have shown that all vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. are very effective at preventing COVID-19, especially severe disease. This means the chances of you getting COVID-19 are very minimal, but still remain.
Because of these unknowns, as well as the fact that there are new, more contagious strains of the virus that causes COVID-19 and cases continue to rise…
- You will still participate in mitigation testing.
- Although you won't need to quarantine, you will still report if you've been identified as a close contact outside of IU and participate in daily symptom monitoring through IU's COVIDcheck.
- You will still wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands often.
- You will still work to keep your circle small and not participate in high-risk activities.