LATEST UPDATES ON FALL 2021 PLANNING, VACCINES, COVID-19 TESTING AND MORE LATEST UPDATES ON FALL 2021 PLANNING, VACCINES, COVID-19 TESTING AND MORE
MSU Denver

Rowdy gets vaccinated.MSU Denver and the Health Center at Auraria are pleased to announce that starting October 4, 2021 COVID-19 booster shots (shot 3 for those who initially received two doses of Pfizer vaccine) and flu shots will be available on-campus according to the plan and stipulations detailed below.

 

Only Pfizer vaccinated individuals are currently eligible for the Covid-19 booster

Please note that at this time COVID-19 booster shots (for non-immunocompromised individuals) are not available to those who initially received either Moderna or J&J COVID-19 vaccine. As additional information regarding these two manufacturers becomes known, the campus community will be informed. Immunocompromised individuals needing a Moderna booster shot should inquire about availability at a local community pharmacy, since these are not available at the Health Center at Auraria. Currently, there is not an approved J&J booster for immunocompromised individuals.

Booster Shot Requirements

REQUIREMENT 1 of 3:

You must have already received two doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is the only approved booster shot at this time.

REQUIREMENT 2 of 3:

Your booster shot eligibility is based on when your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine was administered. Six (6) months or more must have passed in order for you to be eligible. See the eligibility guideline table below.

 

MONTH WHEN SECOND

SHOT WAS ADMINISTERED

MONTH YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A BOOSTER SHOT
December 2020; January, February, March and April 2021  

October 2021

 

May 2021 November 2021
June 2021 December 2021
July 2021 January 2022
August 2021 February 2022
September 2021 March 2022
October 2021 April 2022

REQUIREMENT 3 of 3:

You must meet one of the following stipulations.

  1. People 65 years of age and older
  2. Residents in long-term care settings
  3. People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions*
  4. People aged 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks*
  5. People aged 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, including but not limited to: teachers, factory workers, retail workers, restaurant workers, health care workers and first responders, based on their individual benefits and risks.

CDPHE has advised that while providers may reference these categories, no person should be turned away from receiving a Pfizer booster if they self-attest to being at increased risk due to where they work or live and meet the other requirements.

Faculty and staff meet requirement 3 based on occupational setting

Based on stipulation #5 of CDPHE’s cited reference above, all MSU Denver and Auraria campus faculty and staff meet requirement 3 and are eligible to attain a booster shot when they meet requirements 1 and 2.

*Qualifying underlying health conditions include the following per the CDC.

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD, asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorder

Scheduling Your Appointment

If you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in 1-3 above, then go to Healthcenter1.com to schedule your COVID-19 booster shot. All booster shots must be scheduled.

If you do not have a vaccine card, visit the Colorado Immunization and Information Systems portal to print out a copy of your vaccine record.

Plan to wait for 15 minutes after receiving your booster shot before you will be permitted to leave the vaccine location.

Flu Shots

  • Due to a limited supply of flu shots and ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution (including booster shots), flu shots will not be available to the entire campus community this year.
  • All flu shots will need to be administered this year at the same time an individual either receives a COVID-19 booster shot or a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (A flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine shot can be administered at the same time and both are highly recommended by the CDC.)
  • When scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment (booster shot or first/second dose), individuals will see a question that asks if they want a flu shot.
  • There is no charge for flu shots or COVID-19 vaccines.
  • For individuals who only want a flu shot (without receiving a booster shot or a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine) and for those whose booster shot eligibility begins in December or beyond (see chart above), they should consider receiving their flu shot at a community pharmacy, grocery store pharmacy or other flu shot provider.

Please note that if you are age 65 or older you will need to attain your flu shot at a local community pharmacy, Target, other distributor or your PCP, since a higher dose flu vaccine (which the Health Center does not carry) is required for anyone 65 or older.