COVID-19 Vaccines

The information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as federal, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly. Last updated: June 6, 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

Any student, faculty or staff member who gets a COVID-19 vaccine or booster at Student Health Service will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Same day appointments are available.

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.

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 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.

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

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 5 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.

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:

  • 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, may be 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 Isolation and Exposure 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:

  • May be required to quarantine for at least five days following the date of exposure, followed by strict face covering use for an additional five days. Time in quarantine could be recommended by local public health if COVID-19 symptoms develop.
  • May be subject to travel-related requirements for university-sponsored travel.

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

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

Additional Information and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)