COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Although COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently limited, letting LSU know whether you're interested in receiving the vaccine by completing the pre-registration survey determines the number of doses the university will request from the Louisiana Department of Health.

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Vaccine Process for LSU Community Members

LSU will follow the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)'s vaccine distribution plan. As more vaccines become available, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. Please visit the LDH website for current tier levels. 

  1. Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) allocates COVID-19 vaccines to LSU for distribution in the LSU community, in accordance with Louisiana’s tiers.
  2. LSU identifies people in the community who meet the tiers set by Louisiana, then uses the preregistration information to identify those who have indicated they want the vaccine through LSU.
  3. Identified LSU community members receive notice of an available vaccine dose via email, which includes instructions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment.
  4. The LSU community member receives confirmation and instructions and completes appropriate paperwork.
  5. The LSU community member receives a vaccination at the scheduled appointment and confirms an appointment to receive the second dose of the vaccine.
  6. LSU community members arrive at the appointment to receive a second dose of the vaccine.
    *LSU will follower the tier system of the state.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is determined by the Louisiana Department of Health. To view who is currently eligible, please visit the LDH website.

LSU will follow Louisiana Department of Health's tiers for distribution. Priority will not be given outside of these tiers. 

No. LSU only plans to vaccinate faculty, staff, and students. 

If you are not available to receive the second dose of the vaccine at the given time period, we ask that you notify the LSU EOC immediately. The CDC recommends that you receive the second dose as soon as possible if you miss the date that your second dose should be administered. 

10 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

  1. The safety of the COVID-19 vaccine has been a top priority. The vaccine has been sufficiently tested, and development has followed regulations. Seriousness of the pandemic has spurred global cooperation for vaccine research and distribution, using already existing data about coronaviruses.
  2. The vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.
  3. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are required to be considered immunized and will minimize the severity of the case if you do. Full protection is achieved two weeks after the last/only dose:
    • The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose 21 days after receiving the first dose.
    • The Moderna vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after receiving the first dose.
    • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
  4. The vaccine will be given at no cost.
  5. If you’re currently infected with COVID-19, you should wait to receive the vaccine until after completing isolation.
  6. You will not receive a positive viral COVID-19 test result from receiving the vaccination.
  7. If you have already had COVID-19, you should still receive the COVID-19 vaccine to help prevent reinfection.
  8. If you have a history of allergies related to vaccinations, you should consult a healthcare professional before receiving the vaccine.
  9. As your body builds protection after receiving the vaccine, you may experience common side effects including pain or swelling at the injection side, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. If you experience any side effects that cause concern, please consult with a medical professional.
  10. After you receive the vaccine, you’ll be provided informational materials about the vaccine, when you should receive your second dose, and how to report any side effects.

Have concerns about the coronavirus vaccine? Here are the facts.

No! The vaccines work by teaching your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the coronavirus.

Each vaccine brand has proven to be effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more than 90 percent effective at preventing all infections of COVID-19, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 72 percent effective—far surpassing the minimum efficacy set by the FDA of 50 percent.

While this vaccine brand has a lower efficacy against all degrees of infection, it’s 85 percent effective at preventing hospitalizations and potentially fatal cases, which doctors emphasize is the aim of any vaccine. Additionally, this vaccine requires only one dose and is easier to preserve.

Testing showed it delivered impressive levels of immunity after only one shot, while the other vaccines required a booster. If further data suggest that a second Johnson & Johnson shot would help, regulators can change their recommendation.

COVID-19 vaccines don’t interact with your DNA. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA), a technology that has existed for decades but is groundbreaking in the COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses more traditional virus-based technology.

mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers your immune system.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a disabled adenovirus unrelated to the coronavirus to deliver protection instructions. This disabled adenovirus can’t replicate in your body and won’t give you a viral infection. 

Despite false or misleading claims, no steps were skipped in the vaccine’s development. More than 100,000 people participated in the various vaccine clinical trials and underwent rigorous observation during and after vaccination. Many scientists believe the pandemic has actually ushered in a new era of vaccine research. The vaccine’s rapid development was possible because of previous research about other coronaviruses, a global collaboration between scientists, funding from the government and private sector, and the breakthrough in mRNA technology.

Handwashing, masks, and social distancing in combination with the vaccine are still necessary to overcome COVID-19 and return our community back to normal sooner, since it’s still unclear how much vaccination prevents transmission to others who aren’t vaccinated.

Even people who have already had COVID-19 can receive the vaccine to protect against reinfection.

While the vaccine isn’t ineffective against the variants, it is less effective; however, it still provides some worthwhile protection against them.