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COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and Resources

As part of Medaille College’s participation in the national #COVIDCollegeChallenge, new and returning Medaille students should submit COVID-19 vaccine records by completing the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Form.


  1. Current COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. They are also effective against the current variants. However, the longer the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the world, the more opportunities the virus will have to mutate into different variants. Getting vaccinated as soon as possible is critical in controlling the pandemic.
  2. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available at no cost to all people living or studying in the U.S.
  3. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
  4. COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  5. Serious adverse reactions are extremely rare, and the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 disease are far greater.
  6. There is a lot of false and misleading information about COVID vaccines on social media. Please speak to your healthcare professional, refer to the CDC website, or talk to the Medaille College Wellness Center nurse if you have any vaccine related questions. We are here to help! Call (716) 880-2155 or email with any COVID or vaccine-related questions.
  7. To help clear up some of the misinformation on social media, here are some facts:
    • COVID-19 vaccines do not infect you with COVID disease
    • COVID vaccines do not cause you to become magnetic
    • COVID vaccines do not alter or change your DNA
    • COVID vaccines do not cause infertility. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a special statement in response to vaccine misinformation: “claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility are unfounded and have no scientific evidence supporting them. ACOG recommends vaccination for all eligible people who may consider future pregnancy.” Read more.
    • COVID vaccines do not cause a positive test result on a viral test.
  8. You may have some normal and expected side effects after you receive the vaccine. This is a sign that your body is building protection. The most common side effects can include:
    • Pain, redness or swelling at the injection site.
    • Fatigue, headache, body aches, chills, mild fever or mild nausea. 

      These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. Talk to your family and friends who have had the vaccine to hear about their experiences with side effects.

      Helpful tips: Talk to your healthcare provider about taking over the counter ibuprofen, acetaminophen or antihistamines to reduce any discomfort or fever. You may apply a cool compress to the area where you got the vaccine, and it helps to move your arm around and drink plenty of fluids.
  9. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to build protection after any vaccine. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving your 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For help scheduling a vaccine appointment, submitting your vaccine records or any questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, call the Medaille College Wellness Center at (716) 880-2155.

*All above information was obtained from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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