COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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Auburn University at Montgomery will offer Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations for community members 12-and-older.

Vaccinations available Wednesday, August 11 at the AUM Wellness Center.

Follow-up appointments for the two-shot Pfizer vaccine will be Tuesday, August 31.

The vaccinations are free, and no insurance is required. Online appointments are required, with openings offered between 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

AUM has provided vaccinations to more than 4,000 students, employees, and community members. Other than temporary and expected side effects (arm soreness, fatigue, low fever), there have been no adverse reactions reported. 

How will the vaccination process work?

  1. Register online (you will receive email confirmation).
  2. Arrive at AUM’s Wellness Center (located at corner of Taylor Road and East Drive) no more than 20 minutes before your appointment.
  3. Remember to bring identification and proof of your Phase 1 eligibility status (employee ID, etc.).
  4. Individuals will be required to properly wear face masks (covering the mouth and nose) at all times while on the AUM campus.
  5. Upon arrival, you will be directed to check-in kiosks. You will receive a card that will confirm your vaccination date and the type of vaccine administered.
  6. Multiple socially distanced vaccine stations will be staged on the floor of the AUM Wellness Center.
  7. The vaccines will be administered in the upper arm. Please dress accordingly.
  8. After receiving a vaccine, each individual will be required to wait in a designated seating area for at least 15 minutes to monitor for potential reactions to the vaccine (clinical staff will be on hand to treat any cases that arise)
  9. At the conclusion of your 15-minute waiting period, you will be directed to a check-out station where you will be assigned a follow-up appointment 21 days from your vaccination date. You will receive an appointment card before leaving.
  10. Remember to bring your appointment card with you to our follow-up vaccine appointment. Take a photo of both side of your card for your personal records.


It is recommended that everyone get a vaccine which has been proven safe and effective. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. 

Currently, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has extended vaccines to those 16 years and older, and those with two or more  defined comorbidities.

  • Individuals who have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • Individuals who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine

The vaccine is administered by intramuscular injection. Individuals receive two doses at 21-day intervals.

According to clinical trial results, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19.

The active ingredient is messenger RNA that carries instructions for making the virus’s spike protein. The human body recognizes the spike protein, and the immune system works to develop protection from infection. The mRNA does not contain the COVID-19 virus and it does not enter or alter the body’s DNA.

No, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the COVID-19 virus and cannot cause you to develop COVID-19.

Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Injection site pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Join pain
  • Fever
  • Injection site swelling
  • Injection site redness
  • Nausea
  • Feeling unwell
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Side effects typically resolve within 24 hours.

There is a remote chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad body rash
  • Dizziness and weakness

Yes, due to the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated even if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends waiting 90 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

The CDC recommends that you wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, if you get the COVID-19 vaccine first. If you get another vaccine, then you should wait at least 14 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yes, until more information is available, the CDC recommends that individuals who have received both doses of the COVID-19 continue to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

There is not enough data available yet to know how long the vaccine will protect recipients from COVID-19.

No, the vaccine will not cause you to test positive on a viral test, which are used to test for active infection.

We are pleased to announce the new Auburn University COVID-19 Vaccine Policy.   In accordance with public health recommendations and Auburn University’s goal of providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of the campus community and the community at large from COVID-19. Auburn University employees are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In support of this policy, employees are eligible for one hour of paid leave to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If more than one dose is required for vaccine efficacy, employees are eligible for one hour of paid leave for each vaccine dose.

If you need to schedule a vaccine during work hours, employees need to seek approval from their supervisors to take leave and notify their timekeepers who can enter the Regular Non-Work Hours (RNW) timekeeping code into Kronos for that hour.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the AUM Office of Human Resources at [email protected] or 334-244-3641.

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