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Protect the Blue and Green with a COVID-19 Vaccine

The University of West Florida strongly encourages the campus community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When you get vaccinated, you are helping us create a safer and healthier environment for all Argos.

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Vaccine Availability

All Florida residents age 5 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register and/or schedule an appointment at

There are three highly-effective vaccines widely available at no cost.

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Vaccine Locations

Florida retail pharmacies offer the vaccination to eligible populations. You may schedule for vaccinations at the following sites:

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccine is not required at UWF but we strongly encourage our UWF community to receive the vaccine. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, visit the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, such as tiredness, headache or chills, may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, learn more about the new guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the population receives the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity” to prevent continued spread of the virus causing COVID-19. We must each play our part in this process, as we have in the past with vaccines to eliminate the threat of polio, measles and other viral infections.

COVID-19 vaccination boosters are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 booster shot webpage.