Updated: September 13, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Shot for 100

Are you a student at LSU and haven't gotten the COVID-19 vaccine yet? Students at Louisiana universities who roll up their sleeves and get their first shot are eligible to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card while supplies last. 

Students will be given a Visa card upon vaccination. After registering online at www.shotfor100.com that card will be loaded with $100.

Participating vaccination sites include the LSU Student Union Theater and the 4H Mini Barn.

Vaccination Sites

LSU Student Union Theater

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available on campus

  • LSU Student Union Theater reception area
  • Mon-Sat, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Open to anyone over the age of 12
  • Anyone scheduled for a second dose at Tiger Stadium, may receive it at the Union Theater location or another location off-campus
  • Walk-ups are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment in advance.

Student Health Center

  • LSU Student Health Center's Injection Clinic is offering the COVID-19 vaccine during the SHC’s Injection Clinic regular hours.
  • Open to LSU students, faculty and staff
  • No appointment necessary

4-H Mini Barn

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Except for LSU home game Saturdays during football season
    • It will be closed on home-game days.
  • Located across the parking lot from Parker Coliseum and the LSU AgCenter building.
  • There is very limited parking at the 4-H Mini Barn, so those on campus are encouraged to walk to the barn.

Vaccine Requirement

All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated, but Louisiana law allows for certain exemptions to this policy. Therefore, students and employees must either take the vaccine or complete an exemption form.

Anyone who completes an exemption form will have to be tested for COVID regularly. Testing will be every 30 days, indefinitely, until LSU’s processes change.

Possible exemptions differ for students and employees.

Students may complete an exemption form if they opt out for medical or personal/religious reasons. Students have until Oct. 15 to submit proof of their full vaccination--one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or first and second shot of Pfizer or Moderna--or formally opt out via the exemption/waiver form on the LSU Student Health Center Patient Portal

Employees are allowed, under Louisiana law, to opt out of the vaccine for different reasons, including a medical exemption. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, employees will be able to submit proof of vaccination or complete a vaccine accommodation request form for an exemption. More information on this will be sent to employees in the coming days, including instructions on how to submit these items. Employees who fail to comply will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. 

Like students, those employees who are exempted from vaccinations will still be required to be tested for COVID on a regular basis.

While it is the Pfizer vaccine that is now fully approved by the FDA, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines also meet LSU’s vaccine requirements.

For those who were vaccinated outside of the U.S.:

International students and employees who have received all doses of an internationally offered vaccine are considered fully vaccinated if the series has been completed.

Individuals who have begun but not completed a non-FDA approved/authorized vaccine should either complete the series or discuss beginning an FDA approved/EUA vaccine series with their physician.

For anyone involved in a clinical trial of a vaccine:

Any individual who can provide proof of participation in a clinical trial of a vaccine and who is currently blinded in that trial (official verification from trial personnel is necessary) is exempted from LSU’s vaccine requirement.

Let Us Know You're Vaccinated

In order to collect an accurate count of who still needs the vaccine, please let LSU know if you've already been vaccinated by completing the survey below.

If you have a Louisiana driver's license and have been vaccinated, download LA Wallet for a digital copy of your vaccination card. 

LA Wallet Vaccination Card

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update

For those who are considering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please see the CDC website for the latest information about this vaccine.

Have concerns about the coronavirus vaccine? Here are the facts.

No! The vaccines work by teaching your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the coronavirus.

Each vaccine brand has proven to be effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more than 90 percent effective at preventing all infections of COVID-19, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 72 percent effective—far surpassing the minimum efficacy set by the FDA of 50 percent.

Students who do not get fully vaccinated or fill out an exemption form will not be allowed to register for the spring semester.

Employees who do not get fully vaccinated or fill out an exemption form will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. 

It is possible to opt out of the vaccine requirement by completing an exemption waiver:

Masking and testing are the least invasive ways that LSU can use to protect the health of its community, and these requirements apply to everyone. However, there is a possible exemption for masks for those with certain medical conditions.

All decisions are made by university leadership in consultation with LSU’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee and taking into account any recommendations from the Louisiana Department of Health and the CDC.

COVID-19 vaccines don’t interact with your DNA. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA), a technology that has existed for decades but is groundbreaking in the COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses more traditional virus-based technology.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a disabled adenovirus unrelated to the coronavirus to deliver protection instructions. This disabled adenovirus can’t replicate in your body and won’t give you a viral infection. 

mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers your immune system.

Despite false or misleading claims, no steps were skipped in the vaccine’s development. More than 100,000 people participated in the various vaccine clinical trials and underwent rigorous observation during and after vaccination. Many scientists believe the pandemic has actually ushered in a new era of vaccine research. The vaccine’s rapid development was possible because of previous research about other coronaviruses, a global collaboration between scientists, funding from the government and private sector, and the breakthrough in mRNA technology.

Handwashing, masks, and social distancing in combination with the vaccine are still necessary to overcome COVID-19 and return our community back to normal sooner, since it’s still unclear how much vaccination prevents transmission to others who aren’t vaccinated.

Even people who have already had COVID-19 can receive the vaccine to protect against reinfection.

The CDC has stated that there is evidence that the current vaccines provide protection against variants. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.

As your body builds protection after receiving the vaccine, you may experience common side effects including pain or swelling at the injection side, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. If you experience any side effects that cause concern, please consult with a medical professional.