Booster shots and free COVID tests for students in SUNY Oswego

The Oswego County Health Department, under New York State Department of Health guidelines, is vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. Proof of age is required. Because of that all students living on campus in SUNY Oswego must receive the booster shoot for the Spring semester. The college provides vaccination and booster shoots sites within its own facilities.

The Oswego County Health Department, under New York State Department of Health guidelines, is vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. Proof of age is required. Because of that all students living on campus in SUNY Oswego must receive the booster shot for the spring semester. The college provides vaccination and booster shots sites within its own facilities.

“The facilities are pretty good. You can go on the spot and get your COVID test. You can get the vaccine and the booster, but you have to book them 24 hours prior to the day of the vaccine and the booster,” said Lakshay Mani, a sophomore majoring in mathematics.

There have been many questions about who is eligible to be vaccinated and who is not yet.  A student is eligible to receive the booster if it has been 5 months after receiving the second dose from Pfizer or Moderna, and 2 months after receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Staff in the Dean of Students Office are communicating directly with students and letting them know when they are eligible for their booster. Once eligible, students will have 30 days from the eligibility date to “get boosted.” Those who are not vaccinated have to be tested every week and those not yet eligible for the booster have to be tested once a month.

Hours and place to take the tests for free. Photo by: Preslava Milenova Boneva

Lakshay Mani is also of the opinion that “it is pretty comfortable because any student who is a part of the SUNY Oswego community can get the vaccine, the booster and the COVID test.”

In February there were two dates when students could receive the booster shoot without any problem at Swetman Gymnasium in SUNY Oswego in a vaccination clinic sponsored and administered by Wegmans Pharmacy. But in March more dates are also planned. Students should submit their COVID-19 vaccine records, including booster shots and test results, via the Medical Patient Portal.

“The booster and the vaccine are mandatory, otherwise you won’t be able to use the Blackboard and SUNY Oswego provides facilities you could not use: go to the gym, the dining rooms like Cooper. I will get my booster shoot next week,” said the mathematics student, Mani.

SUNY Oswego shines for its organization with respect to COVID-19. The fact that students and the college’s community in general can take a free test whenever they want is very useful because it does not take long to isolate those who have the virus and so it is not retransmitted.

“It is pretty comfortable because any student who is a part of the SUNY Oswego community can get the vaccine, the booster and the COVID test.”

Lakshay Mani, a sophomore majoring in mathematics

In addition, here a student can choose whether to receive Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, something that is not happening in many countries.

“I finished my high school in Canada and many of my friends are doing their majors in American universities right now. I must say that most of them can get vaccinated without any problem in their universities, besides they can choose which vaccine to get. In Spain this does not work like that. We can’t get the vaccines in our university,” said Arlet Portal, a senior majoring in journalism at Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain.

The COVID-19 pandemic demands that people remain vigilant in their daily lives as they return to daily activities. Each individual take a few simple steps to protect the hall communities. Getting a vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID. It is important to take care of oneself in order to take care of others.