Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters – Faculty, Staff and Students

To: W&L Faculty, Staff and Students
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, October 27

Boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are now available. We strongly encourage eligible members of our campus community get a booster. Employees who experience symptoms following a booster shot will be given one day off to recover. Please record booster shots and the date they were received using the Attestation application.

Who Is Eligible?

Every individual 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago is now eligible for a booster shot. For individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot six months or more after their initial series: 65 years and older, age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.

  • Students, faculty and staff who got Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago are currently eligible for a booster as part of the group of 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who are 18+ who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago are currently eligible for a booster.
  • Students 18+ with underlying medical conditions who received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago are currently eligible for a booster.

Which Booster Can I Get?

Eligible individuals may choose to receive a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson booster regardless of which vaccine they received initially.

When Should I Get a Booster?

It is not urgent that you get a booster as soon as you are eligible, as the immune system's protection after being vaccinated does not suddenly fall to low levels. If you are fully vaccinated, you still have strong protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death, including against the Delta variant. You should consider options for booster doses and timing of administration based on personal risks and benefits, and consult your primary care provider for guidance.

Where Can I Get a Booster?

The Central Shenandoah Health District is offering clinics for all three boosters at the Lexington Health Department office on Fridays and at the Peebles/Gordmans location on Mondays from noon to 6:00 p.m. starting on November 1st. Appointments are preferred. You can make an appointment by visiting vdh.virginia.gov. Additional assistance is available by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

The Rockbridge Area Health Center is holding Moderna vaccine clinics on Tuesdays. Call 540-464-8700 or go to www.rockahc.org to schedule.

Local pharmacies are also providing vaccines and boosters. Visit Vaccines.gov and enter your ZIP code to find vaccination providers near you, such as pharmacies, hospitals, community vaccination and health centers, and physician offices. These providers may offer self-serve appointment scheduling.