Sleeves Up, Tommies! COVID Vaccine on Campus

The University of St. Thomas is looking forward to a more robust and engaging fall semester. For this to happen, COVID vaccinations must be a priority for our community. But a vaccine cannot protect us from COVID if it stays in a vial — it takes each of us to make the decision - that millions of people have made - to get vaccinated.

Talk to your student about getting the COVID-19 vaccination before they return to campus in the fall. Reviewing the Myths and Facts may be helpful.  

Additional Information

Once students are fully vaccinated:

  • they will be able to return to in-person classes and have a more normal college experience.
  • will not have to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19 if they come in contact with someone with COVID-19 (unless they begin to have symptoms).
  • they will have peace of mind knowing they are protecting themselves and the greater community.


  • Millions of people have been vaccinated safely. Tens of thousands of people participated in the phase 3 trials for the three authorized vaccines. After being fully vaccinated, no trial participants were hospitalized or died from COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines have been held to the same rigorous standards as other vaccines.

Vaccine Development

The government didn’t cut corners; it cut red tape to expedite the approval process.

  • While the vaccines were developed quickly, they weren’t created from scratch. Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) for decades, and scientists began creating viral vectors (Johnson & Johnson) in the 1970s.
  • Side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection. 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.
  • Severe side effects are rare and treatable.

Learn more about vaccine side effects.

The Center for Well-Being is working to have COVID-19 vaccinations available in our clinic to administer to students this summer and fall. Contact us at 651-962-6750 to discuss your COVID-19 vaccination questions.