April 7: MSU to begin giving COVID-19 vaccines to students

MSU Faculty and Staff,

We wanted to make you aware of the message below that is being sent to all MSU students. This week, the state of Michigan and the Ingham County Health Department informed MSU it would begin providing doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine specifically to be distributed to students. Recent data show that COVID-19 is being spread in Michigan and across the nation to a great extent by young people. By providing our students this single-dose vaccine, we can better protect them and all of those in the greater East Lansing community, the mid-Michigan region and the state.

MSU also has asked the state for vaccine to administer to our faculty and staff, and we are prepared to do so if given the opportunity. In the meantime, you can register at several locations throughout the state. A list of vaccine providers is available on the Together We Will website. We encourage you to register with as many of these providers as possible and take the first available appointment.

The more individuals who receive a vaccine, the safer our campus will be for everyone this fall.


It is serendipitous that just after COVID-19 vaccines were made available to those 16 years of age and older, the state of Michigan and the Ingham County Health Department has informed MSU it will be providing us vaccines to administer to you – our students – starting this week. We are incredibly grateful for both the county and state providing vaccines to our students.

Starting Friday, we will begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to MSU students 18 and older, regardless of immigration status or primary residence, at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Students must select an appointment to receive a vaccine using this link: http://hd.ingham.org/coronavirus/r_1010.aspx.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine available to adults at least 18 years of age. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the vaccine.

Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check the appointment link often; new appointments are added regularly.

What you need to know as you plan to receive a vaccine through MSU:

  • On the day of your vaccination, you will need to bring with you a valid MSU student ID. If you don’t have a physical ID, a virtual ID is available using the MSU app. Your status as a student will be verified upon arrival. A valid state ID, passport or driver’s license also is acceptable.
  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • If you need transportation to your appointment, Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is providing free transportation to and from appointments seven days a week to this location and other vaccine locations throughout Ingham County. Call 517-394-2282 to schedule your trip, which must be scheduled at least 24 hours before your appointment. CATA is also running a regular route to Lot 89, directly across from the MSU Pavilion.
  • If driving yourself to the appointment, follow signage directing you to MSU’s student vaccination site. A map is also available here.
  • Review our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

While MSU is one source of distribution, we encourage you to register with as many vaccine providers as you can and take the first appointment made available to you. To that end, we have information on the Together We Will website where you can register for an appointment with other area providers. 

This is all welcome news, and when combined with the fact that more than 80% of undergraduate and graduate students say they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine, it moves us even closer to a more typical fall semester at Michigan State University.

It is important to remember that after being fully vaccinated, we all must continue the essential health and safety practices we know are proven effective at curbing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants — especially as our state and the nation work diligently to get our family, friends and neighbors vaccinated.


Vennie Gore                                                                                   
Senior Vice President for Hospitality Services and Auxiliary Enterprises                
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services

Lt. Dave Oslund
Emergency Management Coordinator