Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

What you need to know about coronavirus vaccines

As of April 13, all Pennsylvania adults are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get the first vaccine available to them as soon as a dose is available.

Students at University Park and all Commonwealth Campuses can upload their vaccine information now into the MyUHS portal and are encouraged to do so as soon as their vaccine series is complete.

Learn more about the Regional vaccination site at the Bryce Jordan Center now.

Key questions, answers and information:


When will I be eligible for a vaccine?

As of April 13, all Pennsylvania adults are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

For those in other states: Vaccine eligibility varies by state. Learn more, and find links to health information from all U.S. states and territories, at this link.

Where can I go to receive a vaccine in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health website features a map of vaccine providers that includes hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies, and also includes specific support and guidance for college students including information about how students can ensure they receive their second vaccine dose once they leave campus.

Regional Vaccination Site at the Bryce Jordan Center

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Pennsylvania Department of Health have opened a Regional Vaccination Clinic inside the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

Individuals can make an appointment online or by calling 1-844-545-3450. While appointments are encouraged, drop-ins are also welcome.

The Pennsylvania National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC, a health organization contracted by PEMA for planning and staffing assistance at commonwealth-established vaccine sites, will direct operations and administer doses at the site.

The vaccination site is open to anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of county of residence, including eligible students from out of state.

Several pharmacies, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Centre Volunteers in Medicine are also administering vaccines in the Centre Region.

Where can I go to receive a vaccine in other U.S. states and territories?

Penn Staters in other U.S. states and territories should use the CDC’s vaccine finder tool to find a vaccination site near them.

They also should review information from their state/territory health department, since vaccine eligibility varies by state. To find information from each state health department, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination website and select your state/territory from the drop-down list in the "Find a Vaccine" section.

Most states are in their final phases of vaccine distribution, or will be within the next few weeks. Those 16 and older will be eligible nationally. Many states are only vaccinating state residents who have valid proof of residence, so students who are Pennsylvania residents but plan to travel out of state for the summer should check requirements for their destination location. Resident students who are leaving Pennsylvania this summer should consider getting the vaccine here before they leave.

Which vaccine should I take?

Penn State strongly encourages everyone to sign up to get the first vaccine available to them.

There are currently three vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective against the coronavirus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and granted emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration: two-dose vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and a one-dose version from Johnson & Johnson.

Should students get a first dose of vaccine before returning home?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

"If students return home prior to receiving their second vaccine dose of a two-dose series, they should work with a provider in their community to get that second dose at the appropriate time. Students should remember to bring their vaccination card with them to their second dose appointment. And it is important to get the same vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) for each of the two doses in the series.

"College students returning home at the end of the semester, even if that means to another state, should seek a second dose of vaccine (if applicable) as we want them to be fully protected against COVID-19. They should state that they cannot return to the same provider because of logistical challenges."

If I’m vaccinated, do I still need to participate in Penn State’s testing programs? Should I keep following health guidelines?

Vaccination status does not exempt students or employees from participating in testing for COVID-19.

Regardless of vaccination status, students and employees must continue to follow Penn State’s Health Guidelines, including adhering to masking requirements, practicing physical distancing and abiding by local ordinances.

How can students share their vaccination records with University Health Services?

For University Health Services to provide the best possible care when the need arises, Penn State strongly encourages all students to upload their COVID-19 vaccine records through myUHS. While the COVID-19 vaccine is not required at this time, Penn State strongly encourages all students to sign up for and get the first available vaccine.

Students at University Park and all Commonwealth Campus locations can upload their vaccination records through myUHS after they receive their final dose — either two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, World Campus students are not able to upload records through myUHS. To upload a record, students can take a photo of the document. The record must include the student’s full name and date of birth, the type of vaccine, and the date(s) of administration to, potentially, exempt fully immunized students from certain health and safety protocols, such as quarantine.

Penn State's vaccine distribution preparedness

While Penn State is supporting the commonwealth's Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Bryce Jordan Center, the University has not been named a distribution site for COVID-19 vaccines. Penn State is prepared to assist quickly, however, if asked by the commonwealth.

Penn State’s plans leverage its considerable expertise in areas including logistics, information technology, communications and health care, along with various units and academic colleges, to formulate a robust plan if the commonwealth turns to the University for additional support.

The University has purchased vaccine freezer storage that can accommodate the specific temperature requirements of the existing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

The University’s planning efforts also include preparing on-campus facilities for vaccine storage and administering doses to patients; identifying which University employees can be vaccinated at this time under various priority tiers; considering staff requirements; prepping University Health Services; and technology support, including patient registration, location planning, vaccine management and vaccine status tracking.

Penn State Expert Insights

As part of a video series in which Penn State faculty experts help educate the community on the latest information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, Andrew Read, director of the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, explains that virus evolution is expected and data show that the new vaccines are providing cross-protection and are very effective at protecting against severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths.

As part of a video series in which Penn State faculty experts help educate the community on the latest information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, Andrew Read, director of the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, explains that virus evolution is expected and data show that the new vaccines are providing cross-protection and are very effective at protecting against severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccine information

As of April 13, all Pennsylvania adults are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get the first vaccine available to them as soon as a dose is available. The Department of Health website features a map of vaccine providers that includes hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

As of April 13, all Pennsylvania adults are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get the first vaccine available to them as soon as a dose is available. The Department of Health website features a map of vaccine providers that includes hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

For now, we are strongly encouraging everyone in our community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and a dose is available. We are continuing to monitor developments and vaccine availability carefully and may alter our approach in the future if it is determined to be in the best interest of our community or called for by public policy. More information will be forthcoming through the Pennsylvania Department of Health (which is overseeing the vaccine distribution) and the University, and as we weigh the pandemic’s continuing impact on our communities. To learn more, visit the Vaccine Information page.

Vaccination does not exempt students, faculty and staff members from participating in the University’s COVID-19 testing programs this spring. The vaccine is a tool in our fight against COVID-19, and students and employees must continue to practice other mitigation efforts, like wearing a mask, hand-washing and physical distancing. Find additional information about vaccines on Penn State's vaccine information page.