Covid-19 Vaccination FAQ

Why is it important for me to get vaccinated? 
Vaccination is a key step to help bring the Covid-19 pandemic to an end. The vaccination not only helps to keep you safe from getting Covid-19, but it also protects others around you, especially those at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19. Read information from the federal CDC about the benefits of getting a Covid-19 vaccine

Where can I get vaccinated? 
Yes, if you are eligible or awaiting eligibility for vaccination in Maine, you can pre-register at VaccinateME.Maine.gov and you will be notified when appointments become available. Vaccination appointments can also be made through the following sites (note this is not a comprehensive list): 

Hannaford
MaineGeneral
Northern Light Health
Shaw’s
Walgreens
Walmart

When can I get vaccinated?  

The State of Maine is using an age-based approach for vaccination eligibility for its residents. 

Starting April 7, 2021, all Maine residents over the age of 16 will become eligible. Information about eligibility can be found on this website

As a Colby student whose home is out of state, am I eligible to get vaccinated in Maine? 
The College’s current understanding is that out-of-state students, including international students, who are living in Maine temporarily in order to attend college will be eligible to be vaccinated in Maine starting April 7, 2021. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses spaced three or four weeks apart; Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine. Students may want to consider their travel plans and consult with their local provider and/or family physician regarding obtaining a second dose. 

Is there a charge for the Covid-19 vaccine? 
No, it’s free of charge to everyone living in the U.S., regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

If I can be vaccinated in my home state, should I go there?

In general, the CDC recommends that you get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible; If your home state allows you to get vaccinated now, you should consider taking advantage of that opportunity. The College’s Health, Safety, and Resources website has student vaccine travel guidelines. 

Will Colby become a vaccination site? 
Colby has applied to host clinics to vaccinate our students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, Maine CDC has informed us that it is unlikely to supply vaccines to the College this semester. We remain ready to offer vaccination clinics if circumstances change. In the meantime, students, faculty, and staff should schedule appointments at existing vaccination sites.

What if I can’t get my second dose at the same place that I received my first? 
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses spaced three or four weeks apart; Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine. Per the Maine CDC website, ideally if you have received your first dose (Pfizer or Moderna) at a facility in Maine, you should be getting your second dose at the same facility, since the second dose will have already been allocated there. However, if you’re unable to, then you would need to reach out to the closest healthcare system.

Can I get vaccinated through the vaccine waste-prevention programs that exist at pharmacies and other distribution centers across the state? 
Yes, these are programs designed to ensure that no vaccine is wasted when individuals cancel appointments at the last minute. Many of the distribution centers make these “extra” doses publicly available, or with some limited restrictions. If interested in these programs, please contact local distribution centers or pharmacies directly for their protocols and distribution guidelines.

If I already had Covid-19 and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated? 
Yes, according to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had Covid-19.

If you were treated for Covid-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a Covid-19 vaccine. For more information, please visit the CDC’s Covid-19 page or talk to your medical provider. 

How do I submit documentation to the College that I received the vaccine?  
Employees: Instructions on how to submit vaccination information and documentation can be found here

Students: Below please find instructions on how to upload vaccination information and documentation into the Student Health Portal – 

  • Log in to the online Student Health Portal using your Colby username and password. 
  • Click the Upload tab and follow the instructions provided to complete the submission process. 
  • From the “Choose document you are uploading” dropdown, select COVID VACCINE DOCUMENTATION.

Will Colby require its students and employees to have Covid-19 vaccination for the spring semester or next academic year? 

Vaccines are not required for this current semester. Students may be required to be vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year, subject to limited exceptions (e.g., medical, religious).  At this time, faculty and staff are strongly urged to receive the vaccine. But for now, it is not required of faculty and staff.   

After I get vaccinated, will I need to continue to participate in the College’s Covid-19 testing program?  

Yes, at this time members of the Colby community who receive a Covid-19 vaccination must remain in the testing program. The College will continue to monitor the public health environment and will evaluate the testing requirement. 

Do I need to wear a face covering and avoid close contact if I’m fully vaccinated? 
Yes, you should continue to wear your face covering, stay six feet apart from others, and avoid large gatherings. The federal CDC has released the following recommendations for fully vaccinated people. 

Do fully vaccinated people need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19?
No, because the risk of infection for fully vaccinated people is low.

How can I learn more specifics about each vaccine? 
Please access the vaccine information sheets below:

Other questions? 
Feel free to call Health Services during routine business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m.) at 207-859-4460 with questions or concerns relating to Covid-19 and your health in general.