Ian Lares-Chacín / Contributing Writer
FIU will offer single booster doses of the Moderna vaccine starting this week, according to a university-wide email.
The announcement, sent on Monday, Oct. 25, urged the FIU community to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Please get vaccinated now,” the email stated. “While evidence shows that people who are vaccinated can get COVID-19, their symptoms are usually milder.”
Students, faculty, staff, retirees and members of their households are eligible for the booster, as well as the first two doses. They are offered Thursdays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at FIU’s vaccination site located in the Graham Center Piano Lounge at the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC).
“Individuals ages 65 and older, individuals ages 18 to 64 at high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and individuals ages 18 to 64 who work in high-risk environments can get a Moderna booster shot six months after completion of the primary series,” according to new guidelines by the FDA & CDC, stated in the email.
FIU will also offer Pfizer first, second and booster doses for eligible students, faculty, staff, retirees and members of their households starting this week. They are offered Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the vaccination site.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome, noted the email. People who wish to get vaccines must bring a photo ID or birth certificate.
The FDA approved Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be used in a mix and match approach. This means individuals can get a booster from a different vaccine brand than the one used for their initial vaccination, according to the email.
The Panthers Protecting Panthers website provides additional information on vaccinations and COVID-19 precautions at FIU.
The email also encouraged everyone to take precautions against the virus, especially those unvaccinated.
“If you are unvaccinated, you are assuming a significant risk to your health,” stated the email.