Vaccinations for CSU faculty, staff and students

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Where students, faculty and staff can get a vaccine

CSU is not a primary source of vaccines for students, faculty and staff.
  • As of April 2, all adults living in Colorado are eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • CSU strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated so that we can resume normal operations as soon as possible.
  • Vaccine supply remains limited. Be prepared that you may not be able to schedule your appointment immediately. Officials expect that it will take months to vaccinate everyone who wants to receive the vaccine.
The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.

Where you can get vaccinated

  • CSU is not a primary source of vaccines for students, faculty and staff.
  • You should look to get a vaccine through a county vaccine site, healthcare system, your primary care provider, local pharmacy or other vaccine provider.
  • Do not wait for a vaccine invitation from CSU. Take your first opportunity to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Find out where you can get vaccinated.
    • In Larimer County, you can get a vaccine at public county clinics or other locations listed under Resources and more information on this page.
    • This includes Larimer County public vaccination clinics at The Ranch, and county-run and managed clinics at CSU’s Moby Arena beginning April 5 (you must register for both locations through the county website).
  • Due to high demand and limited supply, do not call CSU Health Network directly unless you have received an email invitation from the Health Network to your CSU email address inviting you to schedule an appointment at that location.
  • For more information about vaccine availability for students, faculty and staff, see this message that was sent the university community on April 1.
CSU Health Network is receiving a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty and staff. A limited number of eligible CSU employees and students, identified by the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team based on Colorado and Larimer County vaccine prioritization guidelines, will be notified via email that they can schedule a vaccine appointment at CSU Health Network. Due to high demand and limited supply, do not call CSU Health Network directly unless you have received an email invitation from the Health Network to your CSU email address inviting you to schedule an appointment.

Important information about second doses

  • When scheduling a vaccine appointment, if you are getting the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, make sure you can receive your second dose on time and in the location where you will be on that date. Moderna is most effective when the second dose is given 28 days after the first dose. Pfizer is most effective when the second dose is given 21 days after the first dose. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is a single-dose vaccine.
  • If you are leaving the Fort Collins area before your second dose is given, it may not be possible to find a provider in another area or state that can give you the second dose.
  • Plan to get both doses from the same provider in the same location to ensure that you will be able to get your second dose and get that dose on time. (For example, if you go to a pharmacy for your first dose, you should go back to the exact same pharmacy location for your second dose.)

Resources and more information

Colorado Department of Public Health

Larimer County Department of Public Health

Department of Defense

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions

Once I am vaccinated, do I need to continue with regular saliva screening and other public health precautions?

  • If you have received your vaccine and have proof of vaccination, you may stop submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
  • Faculty, staff and students who receive the vaccine are required to continue to comply with all public health guidelines, including masking and physical distancing, unless otherwise directed by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be mandated for employees and students?

  • COVID-19 vaccines are not mandated for employees or students.
  • CSU is strongly urging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.
  • Vaccines may be required for employees working in certain environments including our Health Network, and COVID testing and screening staff.
  • Because COVID vaccines have received an emergency use authorization from the federal government, and due to Colorado law stipulations, some options exist for opting out of the vaccine within the confines of the law.
  • Any student, faculty or staff member who is not vaccinated may be required to take extra precautions when and if public health guidance changes, such as being required to continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Who will know if I have been vaccinated?

  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team is working on a platform where students, faculty and staff can voluntarily submit proof of vaccination.
  • You are not required to submit information, but are encouraged to do so. This platform is expected to be available in late March or early April. When it is ready, information about how to access it will be shared on this page.
  • Your vaccine information, including whether or not you have received the vaccine, will remain private and will be shared on a need-to-know basis only.
  • Supervisors, colleagues, Housing employees, instructors, etc., should not ask students and employees about their vaccine status.

Will I be required to share any personal information during the vaccination process?

  • Like other routine vaccinations, you will need to share some personal information with your vaccine provider when you get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • This information will only be used for public health purposes. It may include your name, date of birth and contact information.
  • Sharing your identity and some of your medical history ensures that the vaccine is administered safely, effectively and responsibly.
  • Vaccines are available for all adults, even if you do not have medical insurance or citizenship documents.

Can other members of my family or household receive the vaccine at CSU if they are in one of the priority groups?

  • Due to high demand and limited supply, CSU is reserving the university’s supply for faculty, staff and students only. CSU cannot vaccinate family or household of students, faculty and staff.
  • Anyone can get a vaccine at other locations, including at county-run clinics at Moby Gym on Main Campus, or The Ranch.

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is free.
  • While your vaccine provider may ask for your health insurance information, there will not be an out-of-pocket cost to you.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free for all adults, even if you do not have medical insurance or citizenship documents.