Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shots available to Purdue community at campus clinic

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available to eligible members of the Purdue University community at the West Lafayette campus vaccine clinic.

Anyone age 65 or older who received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and whose second dose was administered at least six months ago is eligible for the booster. They are available by appointment only at the vaccine clinic in the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center. Criteria for those younger than age 65 who may qualify for Pfizer booster are:

  • Those age 18-64 who attest to having an underlying health condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists medical conditions for those individuals who might be at risk of severe complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
  • Those age 18-64 who have an increased risk of exposure and transmission (e.g., faculty and students working in a health care setting). 
  • Those living in long-term care facilities.

“The COVID-19 vaccination remains the safest, surest and quickest path toward a return to normalcy,” said Eric Barker, dean of the College of Pharmacy and leader of the Protect Purdue Health Monitoring and Surveillance team. “The Pfizer booster provides another path to sustain Protect Purdue efforts in ensuring the well-being of our Purdue entire community, especially our students, faculty and staff who may be at risk of severe complications if they were to contract the coronavirus.” 

Purdue faculty, staff, students, retirees, spouses and dependents age 18 and older who attest to meeting the above criteria are eligible for the Pfizer booster. 

To schedule an appointment for the booster at the Co-Rec, go online here. Recipients must provide proof of their previous Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination – in the form of a CDC vaccination card – when they arrive for their booster.  

The campus vaccine clinic at the Co-Rec is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Up to 50 appointments per hour will be made available for the booster.

Individuals who received the COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana but have misplaced their CDC verification card can visit the Co-Rec clinic during operating hours to receive a new copy of their card. Note: Recipients should complete this in advance to preserve the timeslot for their booster appointment.

To discuss whether you are eligible to receive the Pfizer booster shot or for additional information about COVID-19 vaccines, call the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-4636 (toll-free at 1-833-571-1043) or email pphctesting@121.health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the Pfizer booster on Sept. 22, and the Indiana Department of Health followed with its approval of the booster for eligible Hoosiers on Sept. 24.

Nationwide, over 1 million people have scheduled their appointments for the Pfizer booster so far. Reactions to the third Pfizer dose have ranged from fatigue to pain at the injection site along with mild to moderate symptoms – similar to those from the two-dose series. 

While previous recipients of the Pfizer vaccine may be eligible for the Pfizer booster shot, Barker said Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients should wait until booster doses are approved for their manufacturer’s vaccine. Go here for more information about Purdue’s campus vaccine efforts.

Purdue currently is not requiring the booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated, and individuals who receive the booster do not need to submit proof of receiving it at this time. Retain your COVID-19 vaccination card, however, to provide proof of vaccination status in case validation becomes necessary on campus or elsewhere (e.g., for travel). As a backup, capture an image of your vaccine verification card on your mobile phone.

More than 47,200 members, or 85%, of the Purdue community of 55,456 have documented their status as fully vaccinated against COVID-19, ranking among the top 2% most-vaccinated areas in Indiana. The vaccination rate is 85% for students, 94% for faculty and 81% for staff.