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 held its first two vaccine clinics the week of March 8 and will continue to 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 — as 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.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics:

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

Thursday, April 15

10 a.m. - Noon.

Holmes Convocation Center

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.

When can I get the vaccine?

Due to increased vaccine supply, AppHealthCare — the local public health department covering Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties — has opened vaccine eligibility to all adults. North Carolina is currently vaccinating Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in the AppHealthCare district, including the App State COVID-19 vaccine clinics — register now for an upcoming App State clinic.

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.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine local providers and distribution centers

If appointments at App State vaccine clinics are not available, 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.

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 adults, aged 16+ — other vaccines are approved for adults, aged 18+. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines and carefully check which vaccine is being offered before registering for a vaccine clinic. 

If you are under 18 and would like a Pfizer vaccine, contact AppHealthCare at 828-795-1970 or email to indicate your interest OR visit Boone Drugs’ COVID-19 Vaccine page to see if the Pfizer vaccine is available at any upcoming clinics and to schedule an appointment.

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 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 published new 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.

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.

Additional Information

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

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

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