Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

What you need to know about coronavirus vaccines

Individuals age 12 and older 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 receive the first vaccine available to them.

Upload Your Vaccination Status

To encourage students and employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Penn State is offering a number of incentives to students, faculty and staff who receive a vaccine and share their vaccination status with the University.

From June 7 to Aug. 23, students and employees who have shared their vaccination status with the University will be eligible for a weekly drawing for prizes, including cash payments, gift cards and autographed footballs. Separate drawings will be held for students and employees. Each week, drawings will be held for the following prizes:


  • $1,000 payment

  • 100 gift card to Barnes & Noble (four winners per week)

  • a football signed by Penn State Football coach James Franklin

To be eligible for the incentive program, students and employees must:

(1) Have received their final vaccine dose — either the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

(2) Update their vaccination status with the University

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

  • Employees and World Campus students can provide their vaccination status to the University using SalesForce Health Cloud, a secure online platform for collecting health data. Uploading an image of their vaccination card is optional.

(3) Complete the incentive program opt-in form online.

It’s important to note that all students and employees at all campuses who are already inoculated for COVID-19 — not just those who get a vaccine in the future — and share their vaccine status with the University will be eligible.

Regardless of whether they wish to participate in the vaccine incentive program, all students and employees are strongly encouraged to complete step 2 above to share their vaccination status with the University. Data on vaccination rates among students, faculty and staff are needed to inform the University’s decision-making and its COVID-19 mitigation plans. With this information, University officials will be able to assess vaccination rates across Penn State and modify approaches, if needed, to mitigate spread as appropriate.

Key questions, answers and information:


Where can I go to receive a vaccine?

Simply enter your ZIP code on the CDC website Vaccines.gov to find nearby vaccine providers, which include hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

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

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.

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

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

Employees and World Campus students can provide their vaccination status to the University using SalesForce Health Cloud, a secure online platform for collecting health data.

Your vaccine status is only available to University personnel directly involved in the COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts and to public health officials.

If you want to participate in the weekly drawings for vaccine incentive prizes, you must also complete an online form to become eligible for the incentive program. Weekly drawings will be held through August 23 for the following prizes, which are subject to taxes:

  • $1,000 payment
  • $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble (four winners per week)
  • a football signed by Penn State Football coach James Franklin

No. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals do not have to be tested or quarantine but should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms develop, employees should contact their personal health care provider.

Yes. Supervisors may ask about an employee’s vaccination status for adherence to current University masking protocols. Supervisors are not to take proof of vaccination, rather employees are encouraged to confirm their vaccination status via Salesforce Health Cloud. Supervisors are not to ask questions specific to reasons behind receiving or not receiving the vaccination.  If supervisors or employees should have any questions, they should contact their unit HR. Technical services employees and other employees represented by a collective bargaining agreement should check with their unit HR to determine if there are other requirements applicable to them.

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.