• 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 Oct. 15, 2021

Updates as of Oct. 1, 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 submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Students, faculty and staff should upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit weekly test results. If you have not yet done so, upload your proof of vaccination now, or as soon as possible upon becoming fully vaccinated. Accepted vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccines.

Students who live in residence halls were required to provide their COVID-19 vaccine status before moving in. Students who live off campus were asked to submit their vaccination status as part of their vaccine records. Regardless of when and where you were vaccinated, students should submit their vaccine status if they have not already done so.

Instructions for faculty and staff: 

Submit your proof of vaccination using the above button by Friday, Oct. 29. 

  • 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.
  • Upload an image file of your vaccine card or a PDF copy of your vaccine card or verified COVID-19 vaccination record.  
  • Even if you previously attested your vaccine status, employees must upload proof of vaccination by the deadline or as soon as becoming fully vaccinated. 

Submit your proof of vaccination ONLY ONCE, and only after you are fully vaccinated. The university will retain your record for future needs, such as university sponsored travel.

  • DO NOT submit the form again if you get a COVID-19 additional dose or booster shot. 
  • 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 uploading your proof of vaccination or if you need to update your response, contact EHS&EM at safety@appstate.edu.

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing — review instructions about how to submit/upload your COVID-19 test result here.

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

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.

Read more:

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • App State’s Student Health Service (SHS) provides vaccines for students, faculty, and staff, as well as additional 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 additional 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 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

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:

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:

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 proof of vaccination:

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.

COVID -19 additional doses and booster shots

In some cases, additional vaccine protection, like an additional dose (for immunocompromised people) or a booster shot (for certain high-risk groups) is recommended. Consult your healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you.

Read more on NCDHHS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Doses and Boosters web page.

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