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COVID-19 Vaccines

The information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as CDC, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly. Last updated: Jan. 14, 2022.


The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and the single most effective tool we have against the virus and variants and free COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to anyone 5 and older. Protect yourself and your loved ones — don’t wait to vaccinate!

All students, faculty and staff should get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster

App State strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and boosted; however, as a state government entity, the university cannot require vaccines for employees or students.

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All students, faculty and staff should submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Students, faculty and staff should submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit weekly test results.

Students and employees who are eligible should submit proof of their booster or additional dose.

Instructions for students:

Submit or update your proof of vaccination using the above button. Everyone who is eligible should submit proof of their booster or additional dose. 

  • Students should update their proof of vaccination to include a booster or additional dose as soon as they have received their booster/additional dose.
  • Students who live in residence halls were required to provide their COVID-19 vaccine status before moving in. Read more
  • Students who live off campus should submit their vaccination and booster status as part of their vaccine records. 
  • Regardless of when and where you were vaccinated, students should submit their vaccine and/or booster status if they have not already done so.

Instructions for faculty and staff:

Submit or update your proof of vaccination using the above button. Everyone who is eligible should submit proof of their booster or additional dose.

  • You will need your Banner ID and either your vaccine card or COVID-19 vaccination record that shows the date you received your second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Follow the instructions to upload an image file of your vaccine card or a PDF copy of your vaccine card or verified COVID-19 vaccination record.  
  • Update your proof of vaccination to include a booster or additional dose as soon as you have received your booster/additional dose.

The information you submit is accessible only to a limited team of professionals from the Department of Environmental Health Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM) and the Office of Human Resources.

If you have questions about how to upload your proof of vaccination, contact EHS&EM at safety@appstate.edu.

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing — review instructions about how to submit/upload your COVID-19 test result here.

When you become fully vaccinated, submit your proof of vaccination to be removed from the COVID-19 testing pool and exempted from other requirements.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster?

Current COVID-19 employee leave options include paid work time to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during work hours with supervisor approval.

There is no charge for the vaccine. Please remember to wear a face covering and short sleeves or clothing with easy access to your upper arm.

COVID-19 additional doses and booster shots

Booster shots are recommended for everyone 12 and older. In some cases, an additional dose (for immunocompromised people) is recommended.

Note: If you have already uploaded proof of full vaccination, please update your proof of vaccination form to report a booster or additional dose.

Read more: NCDHHS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters page

If you need assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment

  • Contact App State’s Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management at safety@appstate.edu.
  • Contact AppHealthCare or your local health department.

Transportation to vaccine appointments

In the Town of Boone, most vaccine sites are on routes served by AppalCART, the free, local public transit system. AppalCART also provides rural services to those outside of the Town of Boone limits and within Watauga County. Visit the AppalCART website or call 828-297-1300 for specific information about routes, schedules, services and accessibility.

Get your COVID-19 vaccination record

After vaccination, you will receive a vaccination card. Keep this card in a secure location. To help prevent identity theft, do not share images of it on social media.

If you lose your vaccination card or need a digital copy:

  • Visit NCDHHS’ Your COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to view, download or print your vaccine record if you were vaccinated by a North Carolina provider and provided your email address and/or to see options for other providers.

Is App State requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

App State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. As a state government entity, the university cannot unilaterally mandate vaccines for employees or students.

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine and staying current with boosters is the best way to protect yourself from contracting the virus and the only way to support the level of community vaccination necessary to end the pandemic and allow all of us to safely return to the lifestyles that we enjoyed pre-COVID-19.
  • Across the country, institutions of higher education are examining the emerging issue of COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
  • We have no information indicating that the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandated by federal or state public health officials.

If you are fully vaccinated

CDC also recommends that everyone stay up-to-date with their vaccines and advises that in general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

At App State, fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Are not subject to weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Who are up-to-date with vaccination (fully vaccinated and boosted), do not need to quarantine following an exposure unless they have symptoms, but should wear a face covering for 10 days after the exposure. 
  • Who are not up-to-date with vaccination, are required to quarantine for at least five days after the date of exposure, followed by strict face covering use for an additional five days. 

Review the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.

If you are not fully vaccinated

The vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. are among those who are unvaccinated. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals have a significantly higher chance of contracting COVID-19 than vaccinated individuals.

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination:

When you become fully vaccinated, submit your vaccine status to be removed from the COVID-19 testing pool and exempted from other requirements.

Review the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.

Read more: CDC’s guidance for how to protect yourself and others page

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine receives full FDA approval

On Aug. 23, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — now called Comirnaty — received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

  • Comirnaty continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals aged 12-15 and for booster shots for certain immunocompromised individuals.

Benefits of getting vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us stop the pandemic. It is available to everyone in North Carolina ages 5 and up, free of charge.

Read App State’s guidance for when you’re fully vaccinated to learn more about campus benefits of getting vaccinated.

Is the vaccine safe?

The CDC says COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective — and recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Some people may feel tired and achy, and/or have a sore arm or headache for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.  

Read more information about vaccine safety from the CDC and NCDHHS. Additionally, NCDHHS’ 10 Facts You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines PDF includes answers to the most common questions.

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COVID-19 vaccines reduce the spread of COVID-19

The CDC reports that a growing body of evidence suggests fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against variants.

The best way to protect yourself and others from the virus – whatever the strain – is to get the vaccine. The CDC reports that current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most variants currently spreading in the United States. New studies released in July 2021 indicate that the current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against emerging strains, especially the new delta variant.

COVID-19 vaccines prevent hospitalization and death.

All of the current vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. The vast majority of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Getting the vaccine helps lessen the strain on the healthcare system, and it saves lives. A recent study by the Yale School of Public Health indicates that in the last year, COVID-19 vaccines have saved nearly 280,000 lives and prevented 1.25 million hospitalizations.

Additional Information and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)


Reporting COVID-19 Test Results


If you get tested at an on-campus testing clinic, you DO NOT need to submit your COVID-19 test results.

These are automatically provided to the university.


If you get tested off-campus:

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not yet uploaded their vaccine status are required to submit a COVID-19 test each week.

Additional COVID-19 Reporting