Campus Health Update: Booster Shots, Flu Vaccine, Testing

October 08, 2021

Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots

At this time, COVID-19 booster shots are not required by the university. However, if you are eligible (see below) receiving a booster is strongly recommended. Please be aware that if you receive a booster, you must continue to participate in the university’s asymptomatic testing program and abide by campus health protocols, such as mask wearing. We also recommend that you upload your booster documentation to the medical portal. 

Booster shots currently are recommended by the CDC for those who have completed the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and meet the following criteria:

  • Individuals over the age of 65
  • Individuals who live in long term care settings
  • Adults who are immune-compromised or have other health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and others 
  • Adults who are at high risk due to occupational or institutional settings, such as healthcare workers and those working in education

Boosters are not currently recommended for most healthy people under the age of 65.

If you are eligible for a booster, you may visit the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) at its West End location (2300 M St., NW). Additional information is available online. In Virginia, GW Nursing is partnering with My Dr's Pharmacy to administer COVID-19 boosters; appointments are required.

Many retail pharmacies and doctors offices also offer the COVID-19 booster. 

We will continue to keep you updated with new information regarding boosters for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson as federal guidance is released.

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots are available at the Foggy Bottom Campus throughout the month of October. Additional information on dates and times is available online.

Reminders about Testing

Don't forget to make your appointment for your next COVID-19 test through the medical portal. As a reminder, external COVID-19 test are now accepted. More information on testing is available here.