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Thousands of lives are lost daily to COVID-19, and most sufferers are from the unvaccinated population. Jackson State University’s College of Health Sciences and its School of Public Health, along with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the CDC, are working together to educate individuals and build their confidence about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Vaccines – along with handwashing, face masks and social distancing – are our best defense for protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. We encourage you to learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated. Together, we can help Mississippi slow the spread of this virus.

I chose to get vaccinated to not only protect myself but protect those around me as well. It is important to me that I do my part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Halle Coleman82nd Miss Jackson State University

I chose to take the vaccination (Pfizer specifically) because it received full FDA approval and is 95% effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Christopher Calhoun, Jr.5th Mister Jackson State University

I received the vaccination to protect myself and my family. Some of my family members have underlying health conditions which puts them at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Getting the vaccine was for my best interest and theirs.

Tyra McCormick76th Jackson State University Student Government Association President

Ready to get vaccinated?


COVID-19 Vaccinations are Available

Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health offers vaccinations from noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday in Jackson State University‘s new vaccination site: One University Place, Suite 6 (formerly known as the Penguin restaurant), 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217.
Insurance is not needed, and vaccines are provided at no cost by the Mississippi State Department of Health. Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center is one of two Federally Qualified Health Centers in Mississippi designated as a federally approved vaccination site.

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Vaccination FAQs

How well do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines prevent nearly 100% of hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19, including from the Delta variant.

Remember: You’re not fully protected from COVID-19 unless you’re fully vaccinated.

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine requires one dose.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses.

Why should I get vaccinated if I can still get infected with COVID-19?

It’s important to understand that infection doesn’t necessarily lead to illness. If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the virus manages to enter your body and begins to multiply—that is, infect you—your immune system will be prepared to quickly recognize the virus and keep it from doing real damage. That’s why most people who get infected with COVID-19 despite being vaccinated—so-called breakthrough cases—have no symptoms (asymptomatic) or only mild-to-moderate illness.

Nearly everyone in the United States who is getting severely ill, needing hospitalization, and dying from COVID-19 is unvaccinated.

CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Will the COVID-19 vaccines prevent me from infecting others?

COVID-19 vaccines reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop and be able to spread COVID-19. In rare occasions, some vaccinated people can get COVID-19 from the highly contagious Delta variant and spread it to others. Importantly, only a very small amount of spread happening around the country comes from vaccinated individuals.

Do the vaccines work on the new COVID variants?

Scientists continue to study different forms, or variants, of the virus that causes COVID-19 to see if the vaccines will work against them. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended for use in the United States offer protection against most variants, including the highly contagious Delta variant. For this reason, COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool to protect people against COVID-19, including illness caused by the new variants. CDC will continue to monitor the impact these new variants may have on how well the vaccines work.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States meet the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Tens of millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and all COVID vaccines will continue to be monitored for safety.

Serious health effects from vaccines are very rare. It’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 vaccines will cause long-term health problems. Also, there is no evidence at all that they will cause infertility or cancer.

Your risk for serious health problems is much lower from the vaccine than your risk if you’re unvaccinated and get COVID-19. COVID-19 can leave you with heart and lung damage and other conditions that require long-term treatment. Vaccines are much safer paths to immunity than the disease itself.

Will the shot hurt or make me sick?

You might get sore muscles, feel tired, or have mild fever after getting vaccinated, but most people report only a sore arm where they got the shot. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed. For most people, these side effects will go away on their own in a few days.

Why are people having allergic reactions to a COVID-19 vaccine?

A few people have had allergic reactions called anaphylaxis after getting a COVID-19 vaccine but were treated and have recovered. Your doctor can help you decide if it’s safe for you to be vaccinated.

How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

Vaccines train your immune system to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. With vaccines, you can build immunity to a disease without getting the disease.

How long do COVID-19 vaccines last?

Scientists don’t know right now how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people, but they are investigating this in medical studies.

Do I need to get a vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

Yes. Scientists don’t yet know how long natural antibodies in people who’ve had COVID- 19 will protect them from being reinfected.

Do I need to wear a mask after getting vaccinated?

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. To maximize protection from the highly contagious Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask inside public places if you’re in an area of substantial or high spread of COVID-19.

If you’re not yet vaccinated, you should continue to:

Wear a mask when inside public places.
Keep at least 6 feet part from people who don’t live with you and who may not be vaccinated.
Avoid crowds.
Avoid poorly ventilated spaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated people must still follow federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial laws, rules, and regulations. That includes public transportation, airport/airplane, local business, and workplace guidance.

Also, if you have a medical condition or you take medicines that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected from COVID-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking precautions.

What is the Delta Variant?