COVID-19 Vaccine

Spartans can save livesCOVID-19 vaccines have proven to be a safe and effective way to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations during the pandemic. All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted with an FDA-approved or -authorized or WHO-approved vaccine. Limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be provided, as well as online-only exemptions for students. 

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*To update your vaccine verification form with your booster information, log in to the verification system and click on the "Edit info/Add booster" button to add your booster shot. A how-to guide can be found here.

Visit the FAQs page for answers to questions about the requirements as well as general FAQs.

Find a vaccine or booster near you

By getting a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and booster, Spartans can protect themselves, each other and our communities. The most important thing you can do is get vaccinated as soon as possible and boosted as soon as eligible.

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In the U.S., anyone 5 years of age and older, including international students, is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is being distributed via doctor’s offices, hospital systems, pharmacies, grocery stores, county health departments and many other locations.  

All members of the MSU community, including students, faculty, staff, patients, retirees and their families, 12 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the MSU Health Care PharmacyStudents can get a vaccine through Olin Health Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (517) 353-4660 to book an appointment. 

MSU and the Ingham County Health Department are hosting a COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic on August 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Breslin Center for students, employees and the greater Lansing region.

You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by visiting

For those with children 5-11 years old and who are already patients of MSU Health Care, more information, as well as scheduling options, can be found by contacting your clinic directly.   

COVID-19 vaccine boosters

COVID-19 boosters are required for all MSU faculty, students and staff. It is important to understand the difference between a booster and an additional dose:

  • An additional dose is sometimes needed for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised because they were likely unable to build enough protection after the initial primary vaccine series.
  • A booster is the next dose in a vaccination series to likely boost immunity that has waned over time.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available to the general population and recommended for everyone ages 12 and older. A second booster dose also is available for those age 50 and older; though recommended by the CDC, it is not required to fulfill MSU's vaccine/booster mandate.

  • Individuals are eligible for their first booster five months after a Pfizer vaccine, five months after a Moderna vaccine or two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • Individuals 50 and older are eligible for their second booster four months after a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For those who need boosters or an additional dose:

  • All members of the MSU community, including students, faculty, staff, patients, retirees and their families, can receive a Pfizer COVID-19 booster through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. Even those individuals who originally received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson can receive a Pfizer booster at the pharmacy.
  • Students can get a booster through Olin Health Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (517) 353-4660 to book an appointment. 
  • Initial vaccine doses, booster doses of all three vaccines, and the additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna for people who are immunocompromised are currently available at the ICHD COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (5303 S. Cedar St, Lansing). To schedule an appointment visit or call (517) 887-4623 for assistance. Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card and identification with you to your appointment, if possible.
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Anyone with questions about the vaccine or booster should contact their primary care doctor. Michigan residents also can call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., College of Human Medicine Associate Dean for Public Health Integration Debra Furr-Holden and MSU Emergency Management Coordinator David Oslund.

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