List of Accepted Vaccines / Boosters

PRIMARY SERIES / FDA

The following FDA-approved vaccines are accepted for meeting COVID-19 vaccine requirements:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty®) — 2 doses; current CDC recommendation on timeframe between doses is 3-8* weeks for ages 12 and older.
  • Moderna (Spikevax) — 2 doses; current CDC recommendation on timeframe between doses is 4-8* weeks for ages 18 and older.
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen — single dose
  • Nuvaxovid™** (Novavax) — 2 doses ; current CDC recommendation on timeframe between doses is 3-8 weeks for ages 18 and older.

*The 8-week interval may be optimal in males age 12-39. The shorter intervals are recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised, seniors, and those who need rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or at high risk of severe disease.

CDC clinical guidance, update as of 2/22/22.

LADPH guidance, update as of 6/2/22.


PRIMARY SERIES / WHO EUL

The following WHO-approved (emergency use listing, EUL) vaccines are accepted for meeting COVID-19 vaccine requirements:

  • AstraZeneca** (Vaxzevria)
  • CanSino-Convidecia**
  • Covovax™**
  • Covishield™**
  • Covaxin®**
  • Sinovac** (CoronaVac)
  • Sinopharm/BIBP**

**If you have received a first dose of any of these EUL listed vaccines, you may follow up with a second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This will complete your primary series vaccination for COVID-19.


BOOSTER DOSE

As on December, 2021, all USC students, faculty and staff are required to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to complete the vaccine requirements.

For recipients of the FDA-approved vaccines, Pfizer or Moderna is recommended; Johnson and Johnson may be permitted for those who received a Johnson and Johnson primary series.

  • 5 months after the primary series of Pfizer
  • 5 months after the primary series of Moderna
  • 2 months after the single dose of Johnson and Johnson
  • Boosters not currently recommended for recipients of the Novavax primary series.

For recipients of the WHO EUL vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, or WHO EUL vaccines are accepted.

If you are an international student who received a complete EUL series and also received a Pfizer dose upon arrival to the U.S., you are considered fully vaccinated and boosted.