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USF to offer COVID booster shots to eligible staff, family members, students

The group approved for boosters includes those 65 and up, people with high-risk conditions or education workers.
Mark VanDenLangenberg, 25, a volunteer from the University of South Florida's College of Nursing, prepares to give a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Plant City clinic last month. The university now is offering booster shots to eligible members of the USF community.
Mark VanDenLangenberg, 25, a volunteer from the University of South Florida's College of Nursing, prepares to give a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Plant City clinic last month. The university now is offering booster shots to eligible members of the USF community. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]
Published Sep. 29
Updated Sep. 29

The University of South Florida announced this week it is offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all eligible members of its community.

The shots will be made available to “those over 65 years old, those who are considered high-risk, as well as anyone in the teaching profession, as long as it has been at least six months since their last dose,” the university said on its website.

Eligible family members can also receive a booster through the university.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that the high-risk category — people with underlying conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus — includes those ages 50 to 64. Also eligible are those ages 18 to 64 who work or live in schools and other settings where they would be at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one approved for boosters so far, and they are available only to those who received a Pfizer shot initially.

Faculty and staff can make appointments by emailing covidvaccine@usf.edu, and eligible students can fill out an intake form or call 813-974-2331. Established USF Health patients can make a vaccine appointment through MyChart, and the Morsani Clinic will accept walk-ins Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The university strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated,” a message to the campus said.

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University officials said they did not know how many people in the USF community would be eligible for the boosters. Their emphasis has been on spreading the word about their availability and encouraging people to get them, said Althea Johnson, a USF spokesperson.

“We expect that we’ll have enough supply to support the demand, as we have for quite some time,” Johnson said.

In addition to offering the booster shots, USF also hosts weekly clinics across all three campuses for any dose of the vaccine.