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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Other resources include:
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.
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.
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.