Continuity in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines

Please note that the information on this page is updated as new information is available. For the latest information, check back regularly.

App State has been approved to be a community vaccination distribution center by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The university will assist in North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan for rural areas by administering COVID-19 vaccines to community members — as well as to students, faculty and staff — once vaccine allotments are provided.

Vaccine distribution is managed by public health. AppHealthCare, our local public health department, is leading the vaccination distribution plans in Watauga county.

I want a vaccine. What should I do?

Begin by completing local public health’s vaccination interest form here. This page also includes local information about vaccine doses administered and eligible individuals who have not yet received the vaccine. Information is updated weekly on Fridays.

If you are in a group that is currently getting vaccinated, you will be directed to schedule an appointment. If you are in a group with an upcoming vaccination phase, you will receive a notification when it is your turn to get the vaccine. The form does require some basic qualifying information to determine your vaccination group, which public health will keep private and secure. They will not ask for any other personal information like credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, etc.

Please note vaccine supplies are limited, but everyone has a spot in the vaccine distribution plan. All students, faculty and staff will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine administered by App State. If you are not a resident of Watauga, Ashe or Alleghany County in North Carolina, you may have additional vaccine options available through your home county health department.

Visit NCDHHS’ vaccines page to find your vaccine group and a vaccine location and vaccine data dashboard for North Carolina vaccine-related data, including vaccine allocation, doses administered and other data.

You can also call the NCDHHS COVID-19 vaccine help center at 888-675-4567 — staff is available to answer general vaccine-related questions Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan lists 5 groups. How do I know which group I am in?

NCDHHS has updated their vaccination plan to simplify the categories by which groups are prioritized for vaccination. There are five groups.  

Everyone has a spot to take your shot! Find your vaccine group, vaccine locations and more on the “find your spot to take your shot” page of the NCDHHS website.

When can I get the vaccine?

North Carolina is currently vaccinating Groups 1, 2 and 3. 

On March 2, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that all Group 3 frontline essential workers are eligible to be vaccinated beginning March 3 — college and university faculty and staff who are working in-person at their work site are included in this group. Review NCDHHS’ Group 3 Deeper Dive for more information

Other resources include:

Groups 1 and 2 will continue to be vaccinated and will have priority; therefore, because of limited vaccine supply, Group 3 frontline essential workers may still need to wait for their vaccine appointment. 

On March 24, North Carolina will gradually begin vaccinating Group 4, starting with individuals at higher risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, as well as those in certain congregate-living settings. Review NCDHHS’ Group 4 Deeper Dive for more information.

  • University personnel who are not prioritized into other groups (for reasons such as age or health care worker status, for example) are included in the second phase of Group 4.

Students who are not prioritized into other groups (for reasons such as age, health care worker status or frontline essential worker status, for example), are in Group 5.

Everyone has a spot in the vaccine distribution plan. When the vaccine is available for university distribution, App State will work with local public health to develop and share a distribution schedule and implementation plan that is in line with the state distribution plan. University employees and students will receive this information via email, and it will also be posted to this website.

What will it cost for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone free of charge.

Can App State employees use leave time to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Employees may use paid work time to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during their regular work hours, with approval of their supervisors.

COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave may be applied if an employee experiences a reaction to their COVID-19 vaccine that prevents them from returning to work either on the day of the vaccine or the following day. This provision may be applied retroactively.

Read more on HR’s Employee Resources regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page under “Leave Information.”

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.

What happens after vaccination?

The CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination page includes guidance about continued personal safety protocols — specifically that even after vaccination, it is important to continue to follow the 3Ws.

The CDC has updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated persons — "fully vaccinated" means that at least two weeks have passed since a person has received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

These individuals who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19; however, due to additional considerations, you should always follow the instructions of local public health. All other personal safety protocol recommendations remain in place for fully vaccinated people.

Additional Information

App State to receive new cold storage units designated for a COVID-19 vaccine

AppHealthCare has created a vaccination interest form they are using to collect basic qualifying information, which they will use to determine your vaccination group. Your information is kept secure. If you are in a group that is currently getting vaccinated, you will be directed to schedule an appointment as they are available. If you are in a group with an upcoming vaccination phase, you will receive a notification when it is your turn to get the vaccine. Find out more about the vaccine rollout plan here.

About the COVID-19 vaccine:

Below is a list of public health resources with important COVID-19 vaccine information. Please note that these sites are updated regularly. For the latest information, check them frequently.

Local Public Health (AppHealthCare) vaccine information

NC Department of Health & Human Services general vaccine information

NC Department of Health & Human Services FAQ page

Centers for Disease and Prevention vaccine information