Summer and Fall 2021 Guide to Campus Operations

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's vaccination clinic is part of North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan for rural areas. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is critical to returning to more normal operations, and the full return to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics:

Free COVID-19 vaccine clinic(s) open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over:


June 10, June 17, June 24

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Student Health Service, Miles Annas Building, 614 Howard Street
Parking will be available in the East Howard Street lot, behind the PSU

Walk-ins only. No appointments needed.


Thursday, July 1

9 a.m. - noon

Plemmons Student Union, Blue Ridge Ballroom
Parking will be available in the East Howard Street lot, behind the PSU

Appointments required - Register for an App State vaccine clinic



App State’s Community Vaccine Clinics are open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over.

Appointments are required. App State clinics use an online scheduling tool. Choose your preferred appointment time and complete the registration form. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully completed your registration. 

There is no charge for the vaccine, nor do you need to provide any insurance information.

Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccine allotments are provided. Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

For additional local vaccine providers and distribution centers, please see below.

I want a vaccine. What should I do?

You have a spot to take your shot! A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, and NCDHHS strongly recommends getting vaccinated at your first available opportunity.

Summer Cash and College Tuition Drawings

On June 10, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will hold $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition Drawings to encourage vaccinations. Four vaccinated North Carolinians ages 18 and older will win $1 million each, and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win $125,00 for tuition for postsecondary education.

Those who have already received at least one vaccine dose are automatically entered into the drawings. Those vaccinated on or after June 10 will be entered twice for each drawing. Drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays, from June 23–Aug. 4. Review the FAQ document and the official rules for details.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics at App State — open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over

App State’s Community Vaccine Clinics are open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over. If you have not already received your vaccine, we encourage you to register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at an upcoming App State COVID-19 vaccine distribution clinic.

There is no charge for the vaccine, nor do you need to provide any insurance information. Please remember to wear a face covering and short sleeves or clothing with easy access to your upper arm.

Help ensure no vaccine is wasted!

If you need to reschedule or cancel a vaccine appointment, please do so using the link in your confirmation email. 

  • If you need to cancel within less than 24 of your appointment, call 828-262-6578 or email safety@appstate.edu so your appointment time can be offered to people who are on the standby list.
  • If you wish to be added to the standby list for a vaccine clinic that is fully booked, call 828-262-6578 or email safety@appstate.edu

COVID-19 vaccine local providers and distribution centers

COVID-19 vaccine appointments may be available through these local providers and distribution centers:

Please contact these providers and distribution centers directly with questions about their locations and how to schedule appointments. If you are not a resident of Watauga, Ashe or Alleghany counties in North Carolina, you may have additional vaccine options available through your home county health department.

Remember that Moderna and Pfizer 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 your second dose:

More information:

  • 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 and doses administered.
  • 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.

I’m under 18. Can I get a vaccine? 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for ages 12 and overlearn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart.

Other vaccines are approved for adults, ages 18 and over. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines and carefully check which vaccine is being offered before registering for a vaccine clinic.

If you would like a Pfizer vaccine:

  • Contact AppHealthCare at 828-795-1970 or email vaccineschedule@apphealth.com to indicate your interest.

  • Visit Boone Drugs’ COVID-19 Vaccine page to see if the Pfizer vaccine is available at any upcoming clinics and to schedule an appointment.

  • Use the NCDHHS Vaccine Finder and filter for Pfizer.

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.

Benefits of getting vaccinated

The CDC says that COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us stop the pandemic — learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines and the benefits of getting vaccinated.

The CDC recently updated its guidance for when you’ve been 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.

When you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can return to doing many of the things that you enjoyed before the pandemic. This includes:

  • Gathering indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a face covering or distancing.
  • Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without face coverings or distancing, unless anyone has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Gathering or conducting activities outdoors without wearing a face covering except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • Additionally, if you've been exposed to COVID-19 but aren't showing symptoms, you do not need to get tested and/or isolate or quarantine.

When choosing activities:

  • Consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
  • Remember that outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.

The following guidance remains in effect for fully vaccinated individuals, as well as anyone who is unvaccinated:

Other resources include:

COVID-19 vaccination registration system and vaccination cards

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, the CDC advises that you contact the facility that administered the vaccine or your local or state immunization information program.

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

No. However, App State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

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. As a state government entity, App State cannot unilaterally mandate vaccines for employees or students.

We have no information indicating that the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandated by federal or state public health officials.


Additional Information

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680 Mountaineers and local community members receive COVID vaccine at App State’s 1st vaccine clinic

App State's community vaccine clinics are open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over.

If you need assistance with registration or if you have any questions, please call 828-262-6578 or email safety@appstate.edu.

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