COVID Vaccination Booster Clinic

Kalamazoo College is excited to host a COVID-19 vaccination booster clinic on

Thursday, February 17 (Week 7)
10am – 1pm
Hicks Banquet Room West

Reserve your appointment by selecting an available time. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are limited. Vaccine products expected to be available are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. An email confirmation will be immediately sent to the email address provided.

Participants are asked to bring your CDC vaccination card to the appointment. Participants will be required to wait up to 30 minutes after receiving the injection as a safety precaution.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Registration Related Questions

Am I required to register online?

Yes. Online registration ensures that all of the necessary information is captured efficiently.

What information is needed to register for a booster appointment?

In addition to your contact information (phone, email, address), you will need your health insurance card, including a photo of the front and back, if covered by health insurance.

Which address should I use to register?

Use your local, personal address.

In which county is Kalamazoo College?

Kalamazoo College is in Kalamazoo County.

Are there any restrictions on who is eligible to receive a booster?

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the booster clinic if completion of the initial vaccination process meets CDC guidelines.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna criteria for people who completed their initial series five or more months ago:

Johnson & Johnson Janssen: Approved for all people age 18 or older who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

What does “high risk” setting mean according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?

People who work or live in high-risk settings ages 18–64 years

People ages 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. Adults who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside. That risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

Examples of workers who may get COVID-19 booster shots: [ 1 ]

  • First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
I am a faculty/staff member of Kalamazoo College and am on the College’s insurance plan. Do I have pharmacy insurance?

Yes, you have pharmacy insurance. The member ID number, group number, and Bin number are on your ASR card.

Non-Registration Related Questions

Which vaccine booster products will be available?
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: Approved for people age 12 or older and possesses full approval authorization as of August 23, 2021.
  • Moderna: Approved for people age 18 or older. Possesses emergency use authorization.

Who will be administering the injections?

The injections will be administered by authorized staff from OptiMed Health Partners.

What do I need to bring to the booster appointment?

You are asked to bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record.

Will participation in either booster clinic meet the College’s requirement to be boosted?

Yes, a copy of your vaccination record will be retained to ensure compliance with College policy.

I am unable to locate a copy of my CDC COVID-19 vaccination record. What can I do?

If you were vaccinated in the State of Michigan, including on Kalamazoo College’s campus, your official immunization records will document that you received the COVID-19 vaccine and you can request a copy of your immunization records through the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) portal. Anyone 18 years or older, who has immunization records in MCIR, can locate their immunization record in MCIR and matches their government issued ID (State Driver’s License or ID card, or US Passport). The immunization record from MCIR will appear as a .pdf document which can be downloaded, saved, or printed. Go to www.michigan.gov/immunize or at Michigan.gov/MiImmsPortal.

If you have technology issues with the MCIR portal, you can request an immunization record from the health department by completing this form. Due to high volume of requests, it may take up to two weeks to receive a phone call from the health department.

Learn more about what to do if you need a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card and were vaccinated outside the State of Michigan.

Which vaccine booster product should I receive?

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. Check with your medical provider about your personal situation.

Is there a cost to receive the booster?

No, there is no cost to receive the booster.

What might I expect after the booster is received?

You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Get helpful tips on how to reduce any pain or discomfort.

Use v-safe on your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins. Please note that v-safe is not automatically notified when you receive a booster shot, so you must enter the information yourself.

If you have any questions about what to expect, please click here to learn more or call (269) 250-8689.

What else do I need to know when I go for my vaccination?

Vaccinations will take place in Banquet Room West located in the Hicks Student Center.

  • complete the health screening before coming to campus,
  • wear a mask,
  • observe social distancing practices, and
  • follow instructional signage

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Am I required to get a booster?

Eligible Kalamazoo College community members will be expected to be boosted by March 1, 2022.

I have other questions. Who can I contact?

Students can contact the Student Health Center at healthsv@kzoo.edu or 269.337.7200.

Faculty and staff may contact Renee Boelcke at renee.boelcke@kzoo.edu.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services