COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The vaccine for COVID-19 has created excitement as it represents a move forward in our efforts to manage the incredible impact that the pandemic has had on our community, our nation, and our world.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. During this process, we still need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and take all the recommended steps that stop the spread.

St. John’s University is an approved vaccination site for the COVID-19 vaccine, and we are working diligently to prepare for distribution. The University community will be notified as COVID-19 vaccines become available for distribution on campus.

We encourage everyone to register with New York State, learn about when you may be eligible to receive a vaccine, and become familiar with scheduling a vaccination appointment at a convenient location.

See if you may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

For information on New York State’s Phased Distribution of the Vaccine:

FACT: The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you COVID.

FACT: Getting vaccinated can help protect you from getting sick with COVID-19.

Vaccine Safety Studies

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

Your participation in CDC’s v-safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe.

How can I participate?

Once you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enroll in v-safe using your smartphone. Participation is voluntary and you can opt out at any time. You will receive text messages from v-safe around 2 p.m. local time. To opt out, simply text “STOP” when v-safe sends you a text message. You can also start v-safe again by texting “START.”

How long do v-safe check-ins last?

During the first week after you get your vaccine, v-safe will send you a text message each day to ask how you are doing. Then you will get check-in messages once a week for up to 5 weeks. The questions v-safe asks should take less than 5 minutes to answer. If you need a second dose of vaccine, v-safe will provide a new 6-week check-in process so you can share your second-dose vaccine experience as well. You’ll also receive check-ins 3, 6, and 12 months after your final dose of vaccine.

Is my health information safe?

Yes. Your personal information in v-safe is protected so that it stays confidential and private.*

How to register and use v-safe

You will need your smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. This information can be found on your vaccination record card; if you cannot find your card, please contact your healthcare provider.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources