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Do I need to do anything before my vaccination appointment?

Before coming to your vaccination appointment, you will need to:

  1. Download and complete the vaccination consent form.
  2. Print it out to bring with you to the clinic. This will shorten your time in the clinic.
  3. You should also review the FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers and Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Where do I go to get the vaccine?

The vaccine clinic is located at Stamps Health Services.

Stamps Health Services - 740 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 11
  • Wednesday, January 12
  • Tuesday, January 18
  • Tuesday, January 25

Parking is provided in the W02 deck.


Do I need to register to receive the vaccine? If so, how?

Yes, if you belong to one of the eligible groups as defined by the Georgia Department of Public Health, you will need to register for a vaccine appointment using MyTest.gatech.edu – the same system currently used for Covid-19 surveillance testing.

Instructions

How to Schedule a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment


 

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Side effects have been reported with both the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine and the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine. These include:

  • Injection site pain.
  • Tiredness.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Chills.
  • Joint pain.
  • Fever.
  • Injection site swelling.
  • Injection site redness.
  • Nausea.
  • Feeling unwell.
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy).

There is a remote chance that the vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Swelling of your face and throat.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A bad rash all over your body.
  • Dizziness and weakness.

 

How do we know the Covid-19 vaccines are safe?

Updated Nov. 11, 2021

In August 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. With 6 months of additional data following the vaccine’s initial authorization for use, this full approval further confirms that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing severe illness due to the coronavirus.

In November 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended emergency use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to include children ages 5 to 11.


 

If I have already contracted and recovered from Covid-19, should I get the vaccine?

Updated November 11, 2021

Yes. You should get the Covid-19 vaccine even if you have been infected with Covid-19. This is because evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had Covid-19.

In addition, it is not required for employees previously infected with Covid-19 to wait 90 days after infection to receive the vaccine. However, if you were treated for Covid-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a Covid-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a Covid-19 vaccine. 

Individuals who are currently infected with Covid-19 should get vaccinated after their infection ends and isolation orders are lifted, provided they were not treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. 


 

How does the Covid-19 vaccine work?

Like other vaccines, Covid-19 vaccines aid in the development of immunity to the virus. All vaccines protect the body by creating antibodies that fight future viruses. The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine both use mRNA to stimulate the production of these antibodies.

Individuals can be infected with Covid-19 shortly before or after vaccination because it usually takes your body a few weeks to produce the protective antibodies.

After vaccination, side effects can occur. However, this usually means that the body is developing immunity.

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Does Georgia Tech require faculty, staff, or students to receive a Covid-19 vaccine?

Updated December 8, 2021

Georgia Tech continues to strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.


 

Why should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

Updated December 8, 2021

Vaccines are widely recognized as an important tool in keeping the public safe from infectious diseases. Covid-19 vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing you from contracting the coronavirus infection as well as keeping you from becoming severely ill if you do contract Covid-19. It may help protect others you come in contact with, including friends and family. Vaccination is key to ending the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

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How are CARE, the Counseling Center, and Stamps Health Services operating and offering appointments?

Updated August 2, 2021

CARE: The Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education is using a hybrid model of service delivery for Fall 2021, with both in-person and telebehavioral health appointments available. We follow all recommended CDC guidelines. 

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is using a hybrid model of service delivery for Fall 2021, with both in-person and telebehavioral health appointments available. Clients are served with our full range of services. We maintain in-office staffing and follow all recommended CDC guidelines. 

Stamps Health Services: In-person and virtual appointments will be available to students. We will provide a separate treatment and waiting space for patients having symptoms associated with Covid-19 and use telemedicine when appropriate. In alignment with guidance for healthcare facilities, masks will continue to be required for both staff and visitors.


 

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