The next giant leap in protecting Purdue: COVID-19 vaccines

Three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available in the United States. All Boilermakers, especially the most vulnerable, are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine as part of their continued commitment to protect themselves, protect others and protect Purdue.

Indiana COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

All individuals age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Indiana as of March 31, per the Indiana Department of Health’s eligibility guidelines. If you reside outside of Indiana, please refer to your state or county’s health department.

Campus Vaccine Clinic

Purdue’s campus COVID-19 vaccine distribution site is now open to help vaccinate as many Boilermakers as possible before the end of the spring semester.

The clinic will operate 7 days per week and is located on the northwest side of the Co-Rec, near the current COVID-19 testing center. The vaccine administered at the campus site is Pfizer.

Hours are:
April 7-12: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
April 13-26: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
April 27-May 3: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
May 4-17 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Who is eligible to use the campus location

The campus vaccine clinic will prioritize members of the Purdue West Lafayette community, per Indiana Department of Health guidance. All students, faculty and staff age 16 and older, regardless of residency, can use the campus site at no cost.

Waitlist details: Individuals associated with the West Lafayette campus (including employees, spouses and dependents age 16 and above with parental consent) can submit their name and contact information to PPHC via this form to be placed on the waitlist for excess doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine each day. Please note: You will need to submit your name and contact information each day that you wish to be included on the waitlist. 

How to schedule an appointment on campus

Eligible individuals will receive an email from the Indiana Department of Health (noreply@coronavirus.in.gov) with a unique link to schedule an appointment at our campus vaccination site. The link in this email is unique to you and should not be shared.

After scheduling, you will have the opportunity to complete pre-appointment registration online before your appointment, including submitting your insurance information. We strongly encourage you to do this, to speed up the check-in process and reduce wait times when you arrive at the vaccination site. 

If you need assistance in scheduling, please call the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636).

What to bring to your vaccination appointment

You will need to show a valid photo ID (PUID card, state-issued ID or passport) and your insurance information if you have medical insurance. You do not need to bring your physical insurance card, only your plan information. You will not be billed for the vaccination.

If you are receiving your second dose at the campus site, you must bring your CDC card showing proof of having received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

It is ok to eat before your appointment.

What Boilermakers Are Asking

Purdue strongly encourages all Boilermakers to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Similar to flu shots in the fall, the University is asking students and employees to document whether they have received the vaccine and may ask them to document if they are declining to do so for medical or religious reasons. If so, details will be shared with the campus community as soon as they are available.

Yes. All Boilermakers are required to follow the Protect Purdue Pledge, including those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Committed to continuously identifying and reinstating valued elements of campus life while protecting Purdue, University leadership and the Protect Purdue Medical Advisory Team are closely monitoring CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and weighing possible changes to Protect Purdue protocols and requirements as individuals, and a greater percentage of our overall campus community, become fully vaccinated.

Yes. For now, all Boilermakers are asked to continue to participate in surveillance testing

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After the COVID-19 vaccination, you may experience some side effects, which may feel like the flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect.

Yes. It’s important to note that, while these vaccines are highly effective, there is still the chance that if you are exposed to the virus you could contract COVID-19 after having received the vaccination. On a campus of 50,000 people, 95% efficacy still translates to 2,500 individuals being vulnerable to the disease. For these reasons, all Boilermakers will continue to follow the Protect Purdue Pledge, including wearing a face mask correctly and consistently, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing.

Yes, fully vaccinated individuals should upload an image of their vaccine verification card to the Protect Purdue Health Center via a brief Qualtrics form.

You may experience some mild side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects after your second dose may be more intense than after your first dose. Learn more about what side effects to expect.

Yes, but you must bring written parental consent with you to your appointment. If you do not have written consent when you arrive, you will have to reschedule for a later date.

Consent form – English

Consent form – Spanish

Yes, if your first dose was the Pfizer vaccine. You must bring your CDC card showing your first dose with you to your campus vaccination appointment. If you received any vaccine other than Pfizer for your first dose, you cannot receive your second dose at the campus site.​

If you’ve already scheduled your second dose elsewhere, you will need to call 211 to cancel that appointment and then sign up using the personalized link you received via email.

You must make an appointment; no walk-up appointments will be offered. 

A waitlist system is in place for those who wish to be contacted in the event there are extra doses remaining at the end of the day.

Examples include your PUID card, state-issued ID or driver’s license or passport. 

Yes.

Because fatigue, headache, fever and muscle pain are common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly in younger individuals, students should carefully consider their academic calendar when scheduling their vaccine appointment and consider how any side effects might affect deadlines and exams. Take note of dates you want to avoid — again, knowing that the second dose needs to be administered 21-42 days after the first. Finally, for any COVID-19 medical inquiries, please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO.

Please call 211 to have your appointment canceled. You will then be able to schedule using the link in your email that you received.  211 cannot schedule at the Purdue site for you.

In order to receive confirmation text messages, you must enter a phone number that will received text messages (do not enter a landline or office phone number).

Yes, a waitlist system is in place for those who wish to be contacted in the event there are extra doses remaining at the end of the day to help ensure no doses go to waste.

Individuals associated with the West Lafayette campus (including employees, spouses and dependents age 16 and above with parental consent) can submit their name and contact information to PPHC via this form to be placed on the waitlist for excess doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine each day. Please note: You will need to submit your name and contact information each day that you wish to be included on the waitlist. 

Employees can use available sick time (as you would during a medical appointment or for illness) or you may also use available personal time. For further guidance, contact hr@purdue.edu.

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How to schedule a vaccination appointment off-campus

Visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/ or call 211 (or 866-211-9966) to find vaccine clinics and make appointment for yourself or on behalf of an eligible senior. You may also wish to schedule with a federal partner site, such as Meijer and Kroger. There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

Additional tips for scheduling an off-campus vaccination appointment.

“When people have the opportunity to get the vaccine, they should do so. The vaccine is not going to cause COVID-19. It is not going to change your genetic makeup. It’s as safe as they come and right now it’s our only protection.”

– Richard Kuhn, Krenicki Family Director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and member of the Purdue vaccine allocation task force

What our experts are saying

PPHC chief medical officer Dr. Esteban Ramirez encourages all Boilermakers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible as part of their commitment to the Protect Purdue Pledge.

Professor Richard Kuhn discusses the vaccine’s effectiveness against new strains of COVID-19

Read more from Professor Kuhn on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr. Esteban Ramirez, PPHC chief medical officer, shares his experience of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As a scientist and someone who genuinely cares about the Boilermaker community, I encourage everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able. It is safe, it is effective, it is the right thing to do to protect yourself, protect others and protect Purdue.”

Willie M. Reed, Purdue vaccine allocation task force chair and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Purdue COVID-19 vaccine allocation task force

A team of scientists, medical experts and campus leaders was assembled in October 2020 and has been working in conjunction with the Protect Purdue Implementation Team to:

  • Determine and recommend Purdue’s response to the CDC’s and the state of Indiana’s phased and evolving approach to COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Gather and provide valuable information on available vaccines, including safety and efficacy.
  • Serve as a trusted body for the campus community, build confidence in vaccination and help dispel misinformation.

Task force members:

  • Willie M. Reed, task force chair and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • R. Ethan Braden, senior vice president of marketing and communications.
  • Jen Hodges, executive vice president of operations, One to One Health.
  • Harm HogenEsch, professor of immunopathology and associate dean for research, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Richard Kuhn, Krenicki Family Director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease.
  • Richard D. Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science, head of the Department of Public Health and director of the Ingestive Behavior Research Center.
  • Nicole Noel, director of Purdue University Pharmacy.
  • Candace Shaffer, senior director of benefits in Human Resources.
  • Lisa Smith, medical director, One to One Health.
  • Scott Stienecker, medical director for infection prevention and co-director for antimicrobial stewardship, Parkview Regional Medical Hospital and Affiliates.
  • Gail Walenga, director, Purdue University Student Health Center.

Where to go for more information

Additional information is also available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Indiana Department of Health.

Still have questions? Call the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll free 1-833-571-1043, or email pphc@121.health.