Received your first dose outside of Indiana?
If you've had one dose of the vaccine in another state, it's recommended you stay and receive your second dose there as well. You may be able to receive your second dose in Indiana, but the state of Indiana is not guaranteeing that this will be the case. To be safe and not waste your shot, stay and receive your second dose in the same place as your first.
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 both doses.
- 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.
In the future, some IU campuses will have vaccine sites on campus. As more groups become eligible and the state of Indiana receives more supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, more information on IU vaccine sites will become available.
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. 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 most often feel a greater immune response after the 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 your community by adding to the total number of people vaccinated.
- 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. The two current vaccines have 94 percent and 95 percent effectiveness rates. 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.
- You will still quarantine if you're a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
- 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.