The next giant leap in protecting Purdue: COVID-19 vaccines
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available. 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.
Submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19
Students and employees on the West Lafayette campus are strongly encouraged to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to the university. Those who choose not to will be required to participate in routine surveillance testing, which could be as frequent as weekly. Once you submit proof of being fully vaccinated (both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine), please allow approximately two weeks to be removed from the surveillance testing pool.
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 to provide proof of vaccination status in case validation becomes necessary.
Purdue’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located on the northwest side of the Co-Rec, with the PPHC COVID-19 testing site. The vaccine administered at the campus site is Pfizer.
Hours are Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Who is eligible to use the campus location The campus vaccine clinic serves members of the Purdue West Lafayette community, per Indiana Department of Health guidance. All students, faculty, staff, spouses and dependents age 12 and older affiliated with the WL campus, and official retirees, regardless of residency, can use the campus site at no cost.
Getting vaccinated on campus
First and second doses
Walk-ups are accepted for students, faculty, staff, spouses and dependents affiliated with the West Lafayette campus, and official Purdue retirees during clinic hours. You must bring a valid photo ID, insurance information and a signed consent form (if applicable, more details below).
If you need assistance, please call the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636).
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 by appointment only.
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.
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.
You must attest to meeting the above criteria in order to receive the Pfizer booster. 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.
For questions regarding your eligibility for a booster dose, call the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-4636 (toll-free at 1-833-571-1043) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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 or booster dose at the campus site, you must also bring your CDC card showing proof of having received the first dose(s) of the Pfizer vaccine.
Individuals under age 18 need to bring a signed consent form. Individuals age 16 or under must bring a signed consent formand be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
It is ok to eat before your appointment.
Vaccines recognized by the Protect Purdue Health Center
Purdue recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time. Please note that if you receive a two-dose vaccine, in most cases, both doses must be from the same manufacturer.
Reinforcing the need for each individual to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, others and the community, Boilermakers may uphold the Protect Purdue Pledge by choosing to be vaccinated and submitting valid proof OR taking part in routine surveillance testing, which could be as frequent as weekly.
Those choosing not to be vaccinated do not need to submit an official declination form to the university. However, students in courses with an experiential learning component (such as a clinical education placement) may be required to submit an official declination and should check with their program director for guidance.
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.
Walk-ups are accepted for students, faculty, staff, spouses and dependents affiliated with the West Lafayette campus, and official Purdue retirees. You must bring a valid photo ID and insurance information.
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 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. 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.
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. 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.
Reinforcing the need for each individual to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, others and the community, the key to upholding the Protect Purdue Pledge going forward will be choosing to be vaccinated and submitting valid proof by August 13 OR taking part in routine surveillance testing, which will begin on August 23 and could be as frequent as weekly.
Scheduling 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.
“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
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.