COVID-19 Vaccine

Spartans can save livesEven fully vaccinated individuals can, in some cases, spread COVID-19. As such, MSU has the following requirements in place for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

  • All individuals are required to wear masks indoors in all campus buildings and other MSU facilities in East Lansing and throughout the state. 
  • 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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Visit the FAQs page for answers to questions about the requirements as well as general FAQs.

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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.

MSU and the Ingham County Health Department are partnering to offer several COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics at the Breslin Center on Jan. 17, Jan. 26 and Jan. 31,  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The clinics are open to the campus community and the public, and all three FDA-approved or -authorized vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) will be available. Learn more.

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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 Pharmacy. 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 at MSU Health Care Pediatrics.   

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, but the CDC has not updated its definition of fully vaccinated.

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.
  • 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 should contact their county health department or 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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