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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Information  


What Vaccinations are offered at Ferris State University?

At this time, Ferris will be offering the Pfizer Vaccinations. Vaccinations will be offered to all of Ferris State’s community.

The Pfizer vaccination uses RNA technology to deliver genetic code to your cells. This code tells your body how to make a protein that the SARS-2 virus carries. This activates your immune system to create antibodies toward that protein, creating immunity. If you come into contact with COVID-19 after this time, your immune system will know how to fight it.

The Pfizer vaccination is a 2 shot series, given 3 weeks apart. Immunity will be complete 2 weeks after the last injection. 

How do I sign up to get the vaccination?

Contact Birkam Health Center at 231-591-2614 to schedule an appointment time.

Why is it important to be vaccinated?

It has recently been reported that COVID-19 cases are at an all time low. This is thanks to the COVID vaccine. Its important to be vaccinated to continue to lower the amount of cases.

Will I still be required to wear a mask if I’m vaccinated?

Around campus you are not required to wear a mask except in healthcare facilities.  If cases rise again, the mask mandate may be enforced again.

What ages can receive this vaccination?

Pfizer is approved for those 5 years and older. 

How well does the Pfizer vaccine work?

The Pfizer vaccine showed efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic Covid infection after two doses.

What are the side effects?

Common side effects include injection site pain, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and fevers. Side effects seem more common after the second dose. Although very rare, it has been reported that severe allergic reactions to the mRNA vaccines have occurred- this includes anaphylaxis.

Common side effects generally appear 12 hours post vaccine and should subside 1-3 days after the vaccine.

When should I call a healthcare provider due to post-vaccination side effects?

In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection—it means you are having an immune response which is good! However, you should contact your healthcare provider

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

*It is important to note that vaccine information is constantly changing and updating. This information is current as of 04/29/2022.