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Get vaccinated or boosted for free on January 20!

Posted in: COVID Information

Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine booster shot? If not, you should, because a booster dose helps your body fight off the virus if you get exposed to it and helps reduce the symptoms if you are infected. Remember, being fully vaccinated means being boosted!

To make it easier for members of the campus community to get their shots, the University is hosting a free clinic on campus on Thursday, January 20. Register now because space is limited.

The Essex County Health Department will be here between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide vaccinations, including boosters. Check-in at the Student Center Ballrooms, then head outside to the county’s vaccination van for your shot.

All employees and students, and any resident of Essex County can use the clinic. You’re eligible for a booster if it has been more than two months since your Johnson & Johnson vaccine or more than six months since your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Not yet vaccinated? You can receive your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 20. Essex County will return on February 10 to provide your second dose.

“A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that although the COVID-19 vaccines work well, they can become less effective over time as the virus mutates,” says Janice Smolowitz, dean of the School of Nursing. “Booster doses have been shown to help increase protection against infection and severe symptoms. If you have questions, check with your health-care provider.”

If you cannot make it to the January 20 clinic, you can go to any of the Essex County vaccination sites, including the former Kmart in West Orange. The county will vaccinate all Montclair State University employees and students. You do not need to be a resident, and there’s no cost to you. Go here to make an appointment.

You can also visit Vaccines.gov or use the CDC’s “vaccine finder” service. Just send a text to 438829 with your zip code, and the nearest vaccine sites will show up.

Please remember to upload a copy of your vaccination card to Vax Check after you’ve received your booster shot.