Covid-19 Vaccine

The University encourages eligible students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. Vaccinations are one of the best ways the campus community can protect themselves and those around them from the virus and is a critical step in ending the pandemic. The FDA has determined the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and made the data public, and any student or employee with questions about receiving the vaccine can consult with their doctor. Health officials predict the vaccine will not be available to most Americans until late spring, and so it will be critical to continue to follow UNC’s COVID-19 Community Standards including the three Ws – wear a mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands.

Where can I find reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccines?

The University is maintaining a dedicated COVID-19 vaccine page on the Environment, Health and Safety website. The most up-to-date information, including a list of the vaccine rollout phases and estimated timeline, can be found on this site. The phases and timeline are determined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Here are some additional resources for information on the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • UNC Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website
  • Orange County’s COVID-19 vaccine website
  • The North Carolina Health and Human Services COVID-19 vaccine website
  • The Centers for Disease Control vaccine website

When will members of the campus community begin to receive the vaccine?


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a prioritization framework to determine the order in which certain populations should receive the vaccination. Eligibility in some phases is dependent on job function (such as a healthcare worker or essential worker) and other phases are dependent on individual characteristics (such as age or underlying health conditions.) The University will determine eligibility for those phases that are dependent on job function and provide the names of eligible individuals to NC DHHS. Other phases dependent on individual characteristics will require the employee to self-identify with the state or county.

Any updates about when employees will begin to receive the vaccine will be posted on the Environment, Health and Safety COVID-19 vaccine website.

Is the University requiring students, faculty and staff receive the vaccine?

The FDA has determined the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and made the data public, and any student or employee with questions about receiving the vaccine can consult with their doctor. The vaccine is not a requirement at this time, but we encourage members of our campus community who are eligible to receive it.

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

There is no cost to the patient to receive the vaccine.

Where will I go to receive my vaccine?

In most cases, your local health department or hospital will administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The University is not administering the vaccine at this time.  If you are in Orange County, your vaccine may be administered at UNC Health, UNC Hospitals in Hillsborough or through one of the community points of distribution that are currently being established in Orange County.