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Updated Public Health Guidance

COVID Vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen* vaccines are currently authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available to the general public at the Boise State Vaccination Clinic.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (two-dose vaccine currently FDA approved for patients ages 16+. The vaccine is also available under emergency use authorization [EUA], for individuals 12 through 15 years of age).
  • Moderna vaccine (two-dose vaccine currently authorized for patients ages 18+).

All persons 12 years and older are now eligible to receive COVID vaccine.

The university continues to work with the State of Idaho, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Central District Health to determine how increased availability of vaccines will impact our students, faculty and staff. Updates will be provided as we receive further vaccination information and clarification.

Buster Bronco visits the Vaccination Clinic in Campus School, John Kelly photo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I receive the vaccine?

The Boise State Vaccination Clinic, as a service of the Public Health office, is now administering Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines by appointment.

Visit this Idaho vaccine website for information about additional providers currently administering COVID vaccine.

What happens if I lose my vaccination card?

A replacement COVID-19 vaccination card request can be processed from Boise State if you were vaccinated at Boise State University, ExtraMile Arena, or at one of Boise State’s pop-up clinics. Two options are available to you from Boise State to obtain a replacement record.

If you are in Boise or the surrounding area and would like a replacement COVID-19 vaccine card, please visit our Boise State Vaccination Clinic, located at 2100 University Drive in Boise, between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday with a valid government issued ID. We can then issue a replacement card on site.

If you are unable to visit the clinic in person, we can send you an electronic copy of your vaccination card (we do NOT send CDC issued vaccine cards in the mail).

To receive this electronic copy, the person whose record is being requested should email (if you are a Boise State community member please send this information using a Boise State email address) covidvaccine@boisestate.edu and provide the following information:

  • the full name of the person whose record is being requested
  • student or employee ID number
  • mailing address used when registering for the vaccination to be used as identification verification
  • a copy of the following acknowledgement statement: I acknowledge that communications via email over the internet are not secure and that although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information I include in this email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed.

If you were vaccinated at a location other than Boise State University, Extra Mile Arena, or at one of Boise State’s pop-up clinics, please contact that location to inquire as to the process to replace a lost card.

Who do I contact if I have questions concerning vaccines and/or the vaccination process?

If you have questions concerning signing up for the vaccination, eligibility to receive the vaccine, how to make an appointment for the vaccine, questions concerning the registration process or other vaccine related questions please contact covidvaccine@boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-2969.

We expect to receive a high volume of calls and emails and will return all inquiries according to the order in which they are received.

Will a vaccination be required to be on campus?

No. There is no plan to require our students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated before returning to campus or to be on campus. However, as we are in the midst of an ever changing global pandemic, we are subject to changes in state and/or federal infectious disease policies.

Does Boise State's Public Health Office recommend that I get a COVID vaccine?

You alone make the decision about whether to get a COVID vaccine. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider and review vaccine safety resources provided on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website.

Boise State supports the CDC’s acknowledgement that a COVID vaccination is an important tool to help us all stop the pandemic. Given the social, mental, and economic impact of COVID, the large number of associated hospitalizations and deaths, and the high number of remaining long-term health issues following disease recovery; we believe that the individual and societal benefits of vaccination outweigh the associated side effects.

Can I ask the Vaccination Center for a specific kind of vaccine or do I just receive the vaccine that is being offered on the day of my vaccination?

When you schedule an appointment at the Boise State Vaccination Clinic, information is provided as to which vaccine will be offered. You can not ask for a vaccine type that is different from the vaccine associated with your scheduled appointment during your appointment. If you receive a two-dose vaccine, the second dose (including your associated appointment) will be the same type of vaccine as your first dose.

I have certain allergies, should I still get vaccinated?

Before you are vaccinated, talk to your personal care provider to discuss any concerns you may have about the vaccine or being vaccinated.

If I have already had COVID and recovered should I still receive a vaccination?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID and the fact that reinfection with COVID is possible, you should still consider getting the vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about getting a COVID vaccine.

If I am exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID after I am vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine?

Based on CDC guidance, vaccinated persons with an exposure to persons with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID are not required to quarantine if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks or more have passed since one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID exposure

If I test positive for COVID after I get vaccinated, do I still need to isolate?

You should isolate if you test positive for COVID even after you have received the COVID vaccine.

If I get symptoms of COVID after I get vaccinated, do I still need to get tested?

If you have not received the second dose of a two-doses vaccine and you have symptoms of COVID, you should get tested.

Talk to a doctor or a healthcare provider if you have COVID-like symptoms after getting two doses of the COVID vaccine or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine. It is likely that something other than the virus that causes COVID is causing your symptoms. However, your doctor may want you to get tested. To date, no COVID vaccines authorized in United States clinical trials interfere with the accuracy of COVID tests.

After receiving the vaccine, am I exempt from further testing on campus?

You are able to receive an exemption from the Boise State Public Health Office from required campus testing as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Are asymptomatic (are without symptoms of COVID-19)
  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks or more have passed since one dose of a single-dose vaccine)

If I have been vaccinated, how do I receive an exemption from required testing and/or quarantine?

To receive either exemption:

  • You must be without COVID symptoms
  • You must be fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks or more have passed since one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • You will need to email the Boise State Public Health Office at publichealth@boisestate.edu and provide a copy of both the front and back of your vaccine card, and an acknowledgment that you are asymptomatic

More information about Boise State exemptions from required campus COVID testing can be found on our website.

If I sign up for and receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccine on campus but am unable to receive my second dose at the Boise State Vaccination Clinic because I am outside of the Boise area at the time a second dose is needed, how do I get my second dose?

Contact a local vaccination provider to receive your second dose.

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