• App State has returned to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. There are no current plans to move in-person classes online. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the latest updates
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COVID-19 Vaccines

Please note that 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.

Summary of Recent Changes

Updates as of Sept. 24, 2021

Updates as of Sept. 3, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most effective tool we have against the virus and variants and free COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to anyone 12 and older. Protect yourself and your loved ones — don’t wait to vaccinate!

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

Although App State cannot require COVID-19 vaccines, the university strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

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Get your COVID-19 vaccination record

North Carolina is using a secure, web-based COVID-19 Vaccine Management System to register vaccine recipients and protect their privacy.

  • After vaccination, you will also 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:

All students, faculty and staff should submit their COVID-19 vaccine status

Students, faculty and staff are required to upload their vaccine status. If you have not yet done so, upload your status now, or as soon as possible upon becoming fully vaccinated.

  • Students who live in residence halls: Prior to move-in, these students were required to provide their COVID-19 vaccine status via their MedPortal account or documentation of negative COVID-19 test results. Read more information about move-in documentation requirements and COVID-19 testing.
  • Students who live off campus: Please submit your vaccine status as part of your vaccine records via your MedPortal account.
  • Faculty and staff: Please attest your vaccine status via this secure COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation form. You will need your Banner ID and the date you received your second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • If you have questions about uploading your vaccine status or if you need to update your response, contact App State’s COVID-19 Call Center at 828-262-2000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Outside of business hours, you will be prompted to leave a message and someone will return your call.

Fully vaccinated students and employees who have uploaded their vaccine status are eligible to win prizes. Visit the university’s Vaccine Incentives page for a full list of prizes and more information.

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. As a state government entity, the university cannot unilaterally mandate vaccines for employees or students.

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine 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.

Fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Are not subject to randomized COVID-19 testing.
  • Are not required to quarantine after exposure to active cases of COVID-19 as long as they are not exhibiting symptoms, per CDC, state and local public health guidance. Review CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation guidance for more information.
  • Are not required to be tested for COVID-19 before and after university-sponsored travel.
  • Are eligible to win prizes.

Additional guidance for when you are fully vaccinated

The CDC says that fully vaccinated individuals should:

  • Monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if they’ve been around someone who is sick.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if exhibiting symptoms and stay home until receiving their test results. If the test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure if they’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after exposure to active cases of COVID-19 as long as they are not exhibiting symptoms.
  • Wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

Review the CDC’s guidance for when you’ve been fully vaccinated for more information.

If you are not fully vaccinated

The vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations around the country right now are among unvaccinated people. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals have a 400% higher chance of contracting COVID-19 than vaccinated individuals.

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded their vaccine status:

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

Review the CDC’s guidance for how to protect yourself and others for more information.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • App State’s Student Health Service (SHS) provides vaccines for students, faculty, staff and community members, as well as third doses for eligible individuals — call 828-262-3100 for an appointment. SHS has doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines.
  • AppHealthCare provides vaccines, as well as third doses for eligible individuals, Monday through Friday by appointment or walk-in between 1 - 4 p.m.
  • The NCDHHS Vaccine Finder provides a list of providers across the state.
  • Local pharmacies and health care providers, including Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, also offer vaccines. Check official websites for information.

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.

Remember that Moderna and Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines require two doses for full vaccination. No matter where you get your first dose, that clinic will help you schedule your second dose.

If you need assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment

  • Contact App State’s COVID-19 Call Center at 828-262-2000.
  • 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.

COVID -19 third doses and booster shots

Third Doses for immunocompromised people

On Aug. 13, the CDC updated their COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People page with a recommendation that these individuals receive an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 28 days after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

  • If you have a qualifying medical condition, talk with your healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you.
  • Do not mix and match vaccines. If your healthcare provider recommends an additional dose, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used.
  • CDC does not recommend additional doses for any other population at this time. Additionally, the recommendation does not apply to those who received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

Where can I get a third dose?

  • Eligible individuals can receive a third dose on campus at Student Health Service (SHS) — call 828-262-3100 for an appointment. You will be asked to attest that you are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Bring your vaccination card so that SHS can verify which vaccine you previously received.
  • AppHealthCare provides vaccines, as well as third doses for eligible individuals, Monday through Friday by appointment or walk-in between 1 - 4 p.m.
  • You can also use the NCDHHS Vaccine Finder or call 888-675-4567 to locate a vaccine provider.

Booster shots for other fully vaccinated individuals 

While vaccines are highly effective against preventing severe illness and death, three new CDC studies show that immunity from vaccines is waning over time — especially due to the Delta variant

On Aug. 18, the Biden administration announced plans to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, eight months after they become fully vaccinated.

  • Initial doses will go to those who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccine rollout, including health care providers, nursing home residents and other seniors.
  • Eligible individuals can receive a booster shot beginning Sept. 20 pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC review and authorization. 
  • The recommendation does not currently apply to those who received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine. This vaccine was approved in March 2021 and more data is needed.

NCDHHS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Doses and Boosters page provides additional information and clarification. You can also sign up to be notified when boosters are authorized and with details on how to get a booster.

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 12 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.

Other resources include:

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

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

What is “fully vaccinated?”

“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. The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center offers more information about how long it takes for the COVID-19 vaccine to work.

View the CDC's latest guidance for when you've been fully vaccinated.

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