3 tips for finding and scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment | Health and wellness services


Everyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Here are some tips for finding and scheduling an immunization appointment.

Check multiple locations

While CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty can register for the vaccine through CU Boulder, we receive a limited supply of vaccine doses, so it’s best to check other options as well. We recommend that you take advantage of your first opportunity.

Options for finding vaccination appointments:

Schedule your second date

If you are going to receive a two-dose vaccine, it is useful to consider when you will need to schedule your appointment for the second dose:

  • The Pfizer vaccine consists of two doses given about 21 days apart.
  • The Moderna vaccine consists of two doses given about 28 days apart.

If you are leaving Boulder at the end of the semester, here are some things to consider:

  • It is important to receive at least your first dose of vaccine as soon as you can, preferably before travelling.
  • Depending on when you are due for your second dose, if you are leaving the Boulder area, you may need to plan to find an immunization appointment in your city or state. Be aware that it may be more difficult to find a second dose at a different location from where you received your first dose.
  • If you are unable to get a second dose at the time indicated (21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna after your first dose), it is still important to make an appointment with another provider to receive your second dose as soon as you’re able to.

Be aware of your schedule after your appointment

Many people do not experience side effects after vaccination. If you experience side effects, they are usually mild and disappear within a few days. Consider any plans you may have a day or two after your vaccination appointment in case you experience common side effects. Learn more about vaccine side effects.

After receiving a vaccine:

Congratulation! Once you have been vaccinated, be sure to remove yourself from all contact lists if you have registered with multiple vaccination sites.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine


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