Florida Tech SafeCOVID-19 News and Notices
Does Florida Tech require me to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the vaccine, Florida Tech recommends all Panthers to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the populations receives the vaccine in order to achieve "herd immunity" to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Do I still need to follow the Florida Tech Safe protocols after getting vaccinated?
Yes. As with virtually all vaccines, such as the annual influenza vaccine, there is a small chance you could contract and spread COVID-19 to others after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. For this reason, all Panthers are asked to continue to follow the Florida Tech Safe plan, including wearing a face mask correctly and consistently, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing.
Is Florida Tech doing anything to speed up the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, and staff?
Both vaccine distribution and eligibility are determined by the Florida Department of Health; Florida Tech does not have the ability to accelerate the vaccination of our faculty, staff or students.
Should I get vaccinated if I have tested for positive COVID-19?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again, and more studies are needed. Vaccination is advised regardless of a history of COVID illness.
Can I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal of vaccination is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about what side effects to expect.
Can I still contract or spread COVID-19 after being vaccinated?
Yes. It's important to note that, while these vaccines are highly effective, there is still the chance that if you are exposed to the virus you could contract COVID-19 after having received the vaccination.
Do I still need to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19 after being vaccinated?
Once you receive COVID-19 vaccine, pandemic protection measures don't go away. You should still wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and regularly wash your hands. However, you can skip one step and that's quarantining after a COVID-19 exposure if the following 3 criteria are met:
- It's been at least two weeks since you received your vaccine dose (2nd dose if applicable).
- It's been less than three months since you received your vaccine dose (2nd dose if applicable).
- You haven't experienced any symptoms since your COVID-19 exposure.
Will there be a cost to get the vaccine? Is it covered by my insurance?
There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient's public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As always, on matters pertaining to COVID-19, Florida Tech and the PRT are guided by the latest information provided by the CDC. For latest vaccine information visit the CDC website.
If you have further questions or concerns, seek guidance from your physician or health provider.