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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About COVID-19 But Need to Ask Anyway

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Campus Public Health Officer
January 6, 2022

I’m vaccinated, now what?

First, thank you! Second, if you haven’t yet, schedule your booster shot as recommended in President Gabel’s December 27 message. As of Tuesday, booster shots are available for anyone 12 years of age or older. Vaccination is available for age 5 and up.

I’m vaccinated, does that mean I can’t get COVID-19?

No, especially not with omicron being so easily transmissible and so prevalent in our communities. The most significant benefit of vaccination is that it helps you avoid serious complications and hospitalization. The booster shot(s) are critical to maintaining this benefit.

I’m vaccinated and boosted, am I done?

Probably not. Viruses evolve, and we’re seeing immunity decrease over time. Updated and amplified protection is key to staying healthy and bringing the pandemic under control.

I’ve had COVID-19, does that protect me from the omicron variant?

Based on current data, no. You should still get vaccinated and boosted.

I don’t feel well. What should I do?

If your symptoms resemble COVID-19, you should be tested.

I tested positive for COVID-19. Now what do I do?

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