Vax Facts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee).

Fast Facts

  • Vaccines are free and easy to get right on campus. 
  • All vaccinations administered on campus are the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty), approved for people 16-years of age and older.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
  • The vaccine reduces your chance of getting COVID-19.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated when two (2) or more weeks have passed after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, or two or more weeks have passed after receipt of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Student may submit proof of vaccination in person at the Etter Health Center or online at apply.ship.edu/register/covid19-vaccine 

From CDC.gov: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

From FDA.gov: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Students and Quarantine

Being vaccinated reduces the time spent in quarantine if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 

  • Vaccinated students who are exposed and test negative for COVID-19 can leave quarantine (return to class, work and regular activities on campus) within 3 days. 
  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed and test negative for COVID-19 must quarantine for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended 10 days.  

Fast Facts about the Delta Variant

The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people.

  • Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that cause COVID-19, including against the Delta variant. 
  • Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant. 
  • The CDC described Delta as more transmissible than the common cold, influenza and chicken pox.
  • Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from the Delta variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period. 
  • Get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public spaces to reduce the spread of the Delta variant.

From CDC.gov: What You Need to Know about Variants

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