On Oct. 13, Fairfield University will begin its series of on-campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. These clinics will be in partnership with The Connecticut Department of Public Health.

All vaccines will be free and take place on campus as they are encouraged for all Fairfield University students, Fairfield College Preparatory School students, staff and faculty.

There will be a series of days to sign up and participate in the clinic: Oct.13, Oct. 25, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. They will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the RecPlex Fieldhouse.

To secure an appointment, one needs to fill out the appointment scheduler during your preferred time slot. This organized process is sponsored by the Fairfield University Student Health Center. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bivalent boosters became available for people ages 12 and older over Labor Day Weekend. Additionally, the CDC recommends that people “ages 12 and older receive one updated Bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose.”

The updated boosters are named Bivalent due to the fact that “they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5,” according to the CDC.

In an email sent to students from the University’s Office of the Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Life Karen Donoghue states that participants are advised tobring a health insurance card and photo ID if you have them, but it is not necessary to have health insurance or ID to receive the vaccine” as no one will be turned away for the lack of these forms.

Those who plan on receiving the vaccine are also advised to bring their original vaccination card if they have it so that it can be updated accordingly.

The University will be holding a flu vaccine clinic on the same day as the first booster clinic. The previously mentioned email recognized this as well, continuing to state that “It is acceptable to receive both the COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine on the same day.”

For the Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, there is different eligibility for both Pfizer and Moderna which was relayed in an email.

For Pfizer, an individual must be 12 years of age and older, who received the COVID-19 vaccine primary series and can only receive the Bivalent booster two months after their last dose of the vaccine regardless of whether it was primary or the most recent booster.

For Moderna, an individual must be 18 years or older, received the COVID-19 vaccine primary series, and wait at least two months since they have completed a primary vaccination or the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you are seeking additional information or have further questions regarding the vaccination clinic, email health@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2241.

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