Covid-19 Vaccine

May 13, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Beginning at 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 13, the Carolina Vaccination Clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine to family/household members of UNC students, faculty or staff aged 12-17 years. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for consent purposes. Family/household members 18 and over will be given the choice between the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

Family members may either walk-in for services Wednesday-Friday between 9am and 12:30 pm or 1:30pm-5:00pm, or have their Carolina affiliated family member register them for an appointment on the ONYEN-protected booking site.

Faculty, staff and students – let Carolina know you have received one or both doses using the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification.

Watch recording of Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls, held March 9 and 10, 2021.

March 9 Town Hall

March 10 Town Hall




What is the Carolina Vaccine Clinic?

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Who: UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and employees, as well as family/household members, aged 12 years and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for consent purposes.

Where: The vaccine clinic is located on the top floor of Student Stores in the Student Stores Pharmacy.

When: Appointment slots are updated weekly based on vaccine distribution by the state. Carolina affiliated walk-ins accepted with ONYEN, password and insurance card. Family/household members, please bring insurance card, if you have one, to walk-in appointments.

If all slots are filled, check back for cancellations or additional vaccine appointment opportunities. Or you can find another vaccination location that meets your needs.

When you book your appointment, avoid conflicts with classes, exams, or work. Plan for your visit to take at least one hour. You will need to remain on-site for the entirety of your appointment including an observation period.

Transportation: The Carolina Union, located at 209 South Road in Chapel Hill, offers ease in access through a range of transportation options.

  • Convenient for bike riders and pedestrians on campus
  • Ten reserved parking spots on Stadium Drive, overflow parking in Rams Head Parking Deck (validation provided at vaccination site)
  • Town and regional bus transit stops are located immediately adjacent to the vaccination site including Chapel Hill Transit Routes U, A, FCX, S, and GoTriangle Routes 800, 800S, 805, CRX.

State Vaccine Management System: We have uploaded basic info for eligible students and post-docs to the North Carolina COVID Vaccine Management System. Look for an email about that registration and use it to complete your registration with the state vaccination system. This will save you time at the vaccination appointment.

More Details: Please reach out to Campus Health at 919-966-2281 if you have a history of severe allergic reactions or if you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines or the Carolina Student Vaccination Clinics.

All students and employees may sign up for on-campus vaccination appointments at



Which members of the Carolina community are eligible to receive the vaccine? When will more people become eligible?

Updated May 13

All individuals 12 years and older in North Carolina are eligible for the vaccine.






How do I register for a vaccine? Is the University registering all employees?


To make the process easier for our employees, we have registered all of our employees within the state COVID-19 Vaccine Management System.  If you receive a paycheck from the University, we will register you in the system on your behalf.

You should have received an email directly from the state system on March 2 with from line: Vaccine Management System <> and a Subject line similar to: “Welcome to the North Carolina Vaccine Management System Recipient Portal.”

This email is confirms your registration with the state. Please keep it for your records, the University will not have access to that registration information.



How do I make an appointment for a vaccine?

All individuals 12 years and older are eligible for vaccines and may make an appointment at any vaccination site in the state by visiting MySpot.NC.Gov.

Vaccination reservations are available for students, post-doctoral fellows and employees, as well as family/household members 12 years and older at

Is the University registering students with the state?

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student worker who receives a paycheck from the University or participates in work study, the University will upload your name to the state’s registration system.

If you are a student worker who is a volunteer who currently works in person, you are eligible for the vaccine, but you will need to register in the state COVID-19 Vaccine Management System and then schedule your vaccination appointment at any provider site on your own.

What’s the Difference Between FDA Emergency Use Authorization and FDA Approval?


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In a public health emergency, manufacturing and approval of vaccines can be streamlined through an Emergency Use Authorization or EUA. An EUA does not affect vaccine safety, because it does not impact development, such as research, clinical studies and the studying of side effects and adverse reactions. Instead, it speeds up manufacturing and administrative processes. All vaccines follow the same testing processes, whether they are authorized for emergency use or through a typical license. If the benefits outweigh any possible risks of the vaccine and manufacturing quality can be ensured, the FDA will authorize the vaccine for emergency use. Emergency use authorizations are an important part in addressing public health emergencies and ending the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit

Are students eligible for the vaccine?

Band-aid graphicYes.  The University is operating the Carolina Vaccine Clinic. Vaccination reservations are available for students and post-doctoral fellows at

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

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You will have the opportunity to choose the vaccine you receive.  The FDA and CDC have determined that all the approved vaccines are all safe and effective, and the best vaccine to receive is the first one that is offered to you. For more information on the vaccines, visit the CDC website.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for individuals 12-17 years old.

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

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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?

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

Where will I go to receive my vaccine?

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Vaccination reservations are available for students, post-doctoral fellows and employees at

You can receive the vaccine at any vaccination site across the state. You can find a list of locations at MySpot.NC.Gov.

If you are in Orange County, your vaccine may be administered at UNC HealthUNC Hospitals in Hillsborough or through one of the community points of distribution that are currently being established in Orange County.

You may also receive a vaccine at the Greensboro Max Vaccination Site in Guilford County.

If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, such as the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you will need to receive your second dose at the same location as the first dose.

What happens once I receive my vaccine?

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Congratulations and thanks for doing your part to protect yourself and others. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to let Carolina know they have received one or both does of an FDA-authorized vaccine using the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification.

You must still follow the three W’s- wear a mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands and adhere to the COVID-19 Community Standards. If you are required to participate in regular testing through the Carolina Together Testing Program, you must continue to be tested according to the requirements outlined on Carolina Together Testing Program page. These requirements will remain in place to prevent transmission of the virus,

More Information about COVID-19 Vaccines 

Local Health Departments 

Vaccine Clinic Volunteer Opportunities