Weekly COVID-19 Update-October 22, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series. The updated guidance also now qualifies individuals who were recipients of Moderna for a third dose that are:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. The CDC’s approval also allows those who qualify for a booster to receive a booster from a different manufacturer other than their initial vaccine dosage cycle if they choose.
Next Tuesday, Oct. 26, JSU’s last Knock Out the Flu clinic is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. in Leone Cole Auditorium. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, including the third dose, will be available to students, staff, faculty and community members who qualify. Also, each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, the RMC/JSU Health Center continues to offer vaccine doses by appointment by calling 256-782-5310.
As we begin to think about the upcoming holiday season, JSU’s COVID-19 Task Force encourages those who have not yet received the vaccine or are undecided to utilize our campus resources and get vaccinated before gathering with your friends and loved ones. With Moderna, there is a 28-day window between your doses, so there is no time like the present to begin your vaccine cycle and be safe and ready for the holiday season.
Michael S. Barton
Director of Public Safety & COVID-19 Task Force Leader