COVID-19 Vaccine

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Miami's Rollout Plan

Miami will offer vaccination clinics for its students on April 10, 11, 15, and 16. 

Miami University has received 3,500 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Ohio that are designated for students.

Registration for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on the Oxford campus is now open to all enrolled Miami University students, residing on- or off-campus.

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Pfizer vaccination clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on April 10, 11, 15, and 16. The clinics will be held at Shriver Center in the John Dolibois multipurpose rooms.

Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine; the second dose appointments will be scheduled for May 1, 2, 6, and 8.

All vaccines will be provided at no cost. While the vaccine is voluntary and not required, vaccination is one of the most important tools we have to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students, faculty, and staff can also schedule appointments through Ohio's GetTheShot website.


We understand you are eager to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Due to the limited supply, the vaccine is not yet available for general distribution. Check if you qualify under the State of Ohio’s Phased Distribution program. If you qualify, please schedule an appointment with an authorized provider.

Miami's Operational Plan

Current Distribution Status



Phases of Vaccine Distribution

Miami University will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. ODH follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a CDC advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States. The CDC and ACIP have defined populations for different vaccination phases.

Phase 1

Vaccine is available in limited supply for specific populations.

Phase 2

Vaccine is increasing and available for other specific critical populations who choose to be vaccinated.


Phase 3

Once the vaccine is widely available, Ohio will continue to strategically vaccinate Ohioans who want to receive one. 


Phase 4

Vaccines will begin to be available to all Ohioans.

After You are Vaccinated

Continue to follow safety best practices even after being vaccinated.

  • Mask Up
  • Back Up
  • Wash Up

Vaccine FAQs

Questions Involving Logistics

How do I change my appointment time?

You can access the link you used to schedule your appointment and cancel your existing appointment. Once you cancel, it will open up the portal for you to select a new appointment time. Let us know if you have additional questions.

Will there be enough of the vaccine for every student that wants to get vaccinated?

We do not know if there will not be enough vaccines at the beginning of the on-campus vaccination process to meet the demand of all students who would like to be vaccinated. We expect sufficient doses to be available to vaccinate our students, staff, and faculty before the start of the fall 2021 semester.

Do I need to bring an insurance card and/or an ID?

We will not be billing insurance to receive a vaccination and you do not need to bring any insurance information with you to your appointment. A photo ID is required, however, albeit any state-issued photo ID (i.e., drivers license) or your student ID.

Will I pay/I am concerned about my insurance being billed?

Miami is covering the full cost of the student vaccination clinics and insurance is not being billed. Miami students will not be financially responsible for their COVID vaccination.

I prefer the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, can I participate in an employee vaccine clinic?

No, the student and employee vaccine clinics are separate processes. Students are only eligible for the Pfizer dose through Miami University. If you would prefer a different vaccine platform, you may find availability through your county Board of Health, a pharmacy, or your primary care provider.

Where is the vaccine clinic and where do I park?

The student vaccine clinics will take place in the Dolibois Room of Shriver Hall. Students may park along Maple Street at the meters. Students must pay at the meters during their vaccination time. Please know that parking enforcement staff will be issuing warnings or violations to vehicles that do not have parking permits along with other violations (improper parking, handicap parking violations, etc.).

Will I need to receive a vaccine every year?

There is not clear guidance currently for this specific question. The world is still learning how long immunity to the coronavirus lasts after a vaccination. Intensive monitoring and evaluation will continue after the vaccines are in use to determine if repeat immunizations will be needed.

What are the side effects associated with getting the vaccine?

It is natural, and expected, for the body to have an immune response to a vaccine. Some people in the clinical trial have experienced side effects, including injection site pain or redness, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, and headache. These are all normal signs that your immune system has recognized the vaccine and is responding.

Side effects were more frequently reported after the second dose. Just as you would with other vaccines, those who are immunized will be provided information about the vaccine’s risks and benefits, what to do in the case of an adverse reaction, and where to find additional information. A copy of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) will be provided at the appointment, as well as a Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS), as soon as it is available.

How do I report side effects?

At your vaccine appointment, you will be provided information on what to do in case in case of an adverse reaction. The CDC is expanding its safety surveillance through the launch of a smartphone-based tool called V-SAFE that regularly collects text and email feedback. For those who do not opt in to V-SAFE, adverse events can be reported in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is co-managed by the CDC and the FDA and serves as a national system for collecting and analyzing possible vaccine side effects.

If you have questions about symptoms, talk with your doctor or schedule a Telehealth Immediate Care appointment. In the unlikely event of a serious or life-threatening concern, call 911.

Questions involving Science

How does the vaccine work to protect you from COVID-19?

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus contains spike proteins (S protein) on its surface that it uses to stick to and infect healthy cells in the body. The vaccines use the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins to induce your cells to temporarily produce the spike protein and convince your immune system to develop antibodies and T cells to SARS-CoV-2. Those antibodies and T cells are later able to recognize the SARS-CoV-2 virus if you come into contact with the virus and can more quickly clear the virus from the body and prevent severe infection.



What is an emergency use authorization?

An EUA is a legal mechanism that allows the FDA to authorize the use of a medical product to address public health emergencies if certain statutory criteria and scientific evidence are met. This video provides a brief overview. The FDA will make publicly available all of the data and information regarding emergency use authorization granted to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

Eligibility-Related Questions

I am a Miami student but my permanent address is outside of Ohio, am I eligible?

Yes, if you are an enrolled Miami student you are eligible for this vaccine regardless of your permanent address.

I previously had COVID-19, am I eligible for the vaccine or will I need to wait 90 days post positive diagnosis?

Provided your COVID diagnosis has been at least 10 days ago and your fever has resolved, you can get the vaccine.

If I have an allergic reaction to vaccines in the past should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is a remote chance that there could be a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, which could include: difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, fast heartbeat, rash, dizziness, and weakness. You should not get the vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction to a past dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine. Please seek guidance from a medical provider should you continue to be concerned about the potential impact of the COVID-19 vaccine.

I'm under 18 years old, am I eligible to be vaccinated?

You can receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Miami University with written permission from a parent or guardian.

Miscellaneous Questions

If I have already been vaccinated, do I still have to participate in COVID-19 testing?

Thank you for letting us know you participated in the university’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Please upload your vaccination documentation to MedProctor.

Once your vaccination has been completed and your records have been submitted and verified, you will be exempt from testing for the remainder of the spring semester beginning two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine.

Continue to participate in testing until you are fully vaccinated. The vaccination will not have any impact on testing results. If you have additional questions, please let us know.

Do I need to continue masking/physical distancing once I'm vaccinated?

Yes, please plan to continue to wear face coverings and engage in physical distancing post-vaccination. Receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine does not change any requirements around masking and physical distancing at this time.

I've been vaccinated, do I have to stay in my room for RIR?

We encourage you to still actively follow the guidelines that are in place for your residential community. Following the RIR is something that you can do to keep others healthy. While you may be at lower risk, your movement around the residence hall and throughout campus spreads germs, increasing the risk of further transmitting the virus to others. Individuals who do not actively have the virus can still transmit the virus through surface spread.

This is a community effort to reduce the transmission and you can help, even though you may have already had the virus. When you follow the RIR plan you are making a choice to help protect your community. Thank you!

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