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SLU COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Saint Louis University has been selected as an official vaccination site by the State of Missouri and vaccination clinics are underway on campus. 

Registering for a Vaccine Appointment

All adults in Missouri are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. We are thrilled to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to you, our SLU community, alumni and loved ones of our Billikens.

Learn about the process of registering for and receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at Saint Louis University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several teams at SLU are working on this effort. Their focus areas include structuring our vaccine rollout within the state’s prioritization schedule; managing the logistics of inoculating people as quickly as possible; and developing communication and outreach strategies to help people make informed decisions about the vaccine. 

Does SLU have access to the vaccine right now?

Yes. SLU was selected as an official vaccination site by the State of Missouri. During our initial vaccination clinics, we vaccinated more than 1,900 SLU students, faculty, staff and employee household members who met the state’s vaccine population priority plan and we subsequently have received thousands of vaccine doses in recent weeks.

We are scheduling additional clinics as vaccine doses become available to us and can organize a vaccine clinic within three days of the arrival of vaccine to our campus. Please note that doses will be given only to University community members in strict accordance with the state’s vaccine priority populations plan.

How can a SLU employee or student get the vaccine?

Now that vaccine availability has been opened to all Missourians,  students 18 and older, faculty and staff can register to attend an upcoming vaccine clinic here. If no appointments are available, you may also place yourself on the on-call list for those who are able to be at the vaccine  clinic located at Simon Recreation Center on short notice.  Walk-in appointments will not be permitted.

Because we don’t know in advance how many doses of the vaccine we will receive or when, you may also want to pre-register with a local health department. 

Below are pre-registration sites for numerous counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area. You should only register for the county in which you reside. 

You can also pre-register for vaccination through local health systems using the following links: 

What will happen at my vaccine appointment? 

Before You Come: We require everyone to fill out a consent form prior to vaccination. You can fill it out in person at the clinic, or print it and bring it with you. Please wear a loose fitting shirt that allows easy access to your upper arm, where the vaccine will be administered. Do not attend the vaccine clinic or come to campus if you are feeling ill. 

Timing: Please expect our vaccination process to take 30+ minutes, including at least 15 minutes of required observation after you receive the vaccine.

Parking: Please park in the Laclede Avenue Garage. The gates will be open during our clinics.

More detailed information will be sent to you when your appointment is confirmed. Walk-ins are not permitted. 

Will the vaccine be mandatory for SLU employees and/or students? 

While we strongly believe getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best thing for your health — unless you have a medical reason that prohibits you from being vaccinated — your family’s health and the health of our greater community, the COVID-19 vaccine currently is not required for SLU students and employees.

If I get vaccinated, does that mean I don’t have to wear a face mask anymore or follow other public health safeguards?

While the CDC has announced some relaxed guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated to gather indoors without masks safely, restrictions at SLU are not changing at this time. SLU community members who are fully vaccinated are still required to wear face masks and maintain a safe, social distance when in all campus public spaces according to existing public health requirements and current policies. Our residential, group-housing model presents unique challenges and risks, which the CDC guidance does not cover.

This is further complicated by how few members of our community have already been vaccinated and are eligible for vaccination as the state rollout continues. Changing our mask requirements at this time for indoor activities involving fully vaccinated individuals would create a significant equity issue and exacerbate existing inequities.

At this time, fully vaccinated people –– excluding roommates and suitemates –– who gather in private spaces, such as an on-campus living space or office, must continue to wear face masks and be socially distant consistent with our current University policies. Doing so is a commitment to equity and an act of solidarity.

If I have been fully vaccinated and then get exposed to COVID-19, do I still have to quarantine?

Per the latest guidance from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to be quarantined if they have had close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. “Fully vaccinated” means being two weeks past your final dose. If you are fully vaccinated, you will not need to quarantine after exposure to an infected individual. You must provide evidence of completing your vaccine series. The vaccination site provides you with a Vaccination Record Card at the time of immunization. Take a picture of that card and don’t forget to report your vaccination dates to the University.

If I have been fully vaccinated would I still have to be tested if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Based on current CDC guidance, even fully vaccinated students would need to be tested if they were identified through the contact tracing process as a close contact of someone who tested positive or part of a cluster. This also applies to fully vaccinated students who begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, as well as all members of athletics teams that require regular asymptomatic testing per NCAA guidelines.

How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?    

Per the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. They do this by leaving the body with a supply of certain cells that will remember how to fight that virus in the future. None of the COVID-19 vaccines are live-virus vaccines. 

You can learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the CDC website. You’ll also find information about the three types of vaccines currently approved for use, including how they are administered and their possible side effects.