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COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

We are fortunate that many of our students, faculty, and staff have been able to successfully obtain or make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have yet to make an appointment, we encourage you to do so. We are very hopeful that this marks the beginning of a decrease in cases and a path back to some form of normalcy. In the meantime, this is no time to let your guard down and you should continue to adhere to all the best practices of wearing a mask, frequently washing your hands, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more from others.

We wanted to share some useful information with the University community regarding the potential side effects of vaccine administration and what follow up steps should be taken in the event of side effects.  These side effects are normal and are a sign that your body is mounting an immune response.

What Are Common Side Effects?

Common side effects include arm pain at the site of the injection, fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle ache, and joint pain. These side effects will go away in a few short days. If at all possible, schedule your vaccination prior to having some days off.  This will give you time to rest and recover. Side effects are typically worse the day after. It is also commonly reported that side effects are often more pronounced after the second dose is administered so be prepared.


  • Be sure to continue to move around and keep your circulation going and avoid being sedentary immediately following your vaccination. 
  • Over the counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be helpful in alleviating any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. If you have allergies to these medications, consult with your physician for alternatives.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

In most cases, the discomfort and fever that you may experience is short-lived and normal.  However, contact your healthcare provider if:

  • The redness or soreness where you received the vaccination increases after 24 hours
  • Your side effects are worrisome to you or your side effects do not seem to be going away after a few days

Returning to Our Modified Pandemic Work and School Environment After Vaccination

Please note, even if you receive the vaccine, and you are currently working remotely or attending virtual classes, please continue to do so until told otherwise.

Because everyone is hyper-alert to any sign of being unwell or ill, we would like to share some guidelines on circumstances that are to be expected and circumstances that require further attention.

You Can Return to Work or School After Vaccination If:

  • Your symptoms include mild muscle ache, body ache, nausea, but NOT symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
  • Your symptoms develop within 2 days after receiving a COVID 19 vaccine and resolve within w days
  • You do not have a fever greater or equal to 100.3oF

You Should NOT Report to Work or School AND Call Out If:

  • Your symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or a fever over 100.3o 
  • Your symptoms develop more than 2 days after receiving a COVID 19 vaccine
  • Your symptoms develop within 2 days of your vaccination but fail to resolve within 2 days of onset
  • You have had a high-risk exposure within the last 14 days

If Symptoms Prevent You From Reporting to School or Work, Please Follow the Notification Procedures Below

Notify your supervisor or program dean or director that you will be absent and stay away.  Get tested and isolate until you know your status. To remind you of key contact people, numbers, and emails we have included them below:

  • Dr. Brandon Grove: 714.463.7505 (phone) or (email)
  • SCCO Dean’s Office: 714.449.7473 (phone) or (email)
  • COP Dean’s Office: 714.872.5692 (phone) or (email)
  • SPAS Program Director’s Office: 714.882.5689 (phone) or (email)
  • Student Affairs:  714.449.7423 (phone) or  (email)
  • Human Resources: 714.449.7459 (phone) or (email)

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

We recommend referring to the New England Journal of Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for a collection of resources on COVID-19 vaccines, including frequently asked questions, continuing medical education, published research, and commentary.