"Worth a Shot" initiative
Cornell Health will offer the following three HPV vaccine clinics:
- Saturday, September 9 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday, November 4 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday, March 3 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This student-led "Worth a Shot" initiative is held in collaboration with the Cornell Women's Resource Center.
All clinics are held at Cornell Health, Level 4 (main lobby inside Ho Plaza entrance).
- Free for students aged 26 and under who are enrolled in a student health plan (SHP or SHP-M)
- All others: check your insurance coverage (most private insurance plans cover the HPV vaccine, but you should make sure they will cover it at Cornell Health)
- The HPV vaccine is not covered by Cornell's student health fee
How to participate
- Stop by Cornell Health, Level 4, during the clinic hours listed above (please note that you may have to wait)
- OR pre-book an appointment a couple of weeks ahead of each clinic by calling 607-255-5155 or logging in to myCornellHealth
- If you can't attend one of the clinics, you can schedule an immunization appointment at another time; call or go online to schedule
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Because the virus is easily transmitted by skin-to-skin genital contact, it is estimated that 80% of sexually-active college students will become infected with the virus before graduation. While most people who contract HPV won't have symptoms or complications, certain strains of the virus can cause genital warts or certain kinds of cancer. 90% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, as are most cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, penis and oropharynx (which includes the back of the throat, base of the tongue, and tonsils). Learn more about HPV.
About the HPV vaccine
Gardasil-9 is available to and effective for individuals of all sexes / genders. It protects against nine different strains of HPV, including those most likely to cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is given in a 3-shot regimen over several months.
Who should be vaccinated
Everyone can benefit from its protection, regardless of their biological sex or the sex of their partners. The vaccine is usually given to pre-teens, but also is recommended for young adults. (Review the specific CDC recommendations for age and gender.)
HPV does not discriminate, and vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself, as well as your current and future partners.