Covid-19 Vaccine

The University encourages eligible students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. There are currently three FDA-approved vaccines; each are safe and effective and are one of the best ways the campus community can protect themselves and those around them from the virus, in addition to continuing the COVID-19 Community Standards. This is a critical step in returning to more normal campus operations.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services determines who is eligible for the vaccine and in what order. The University is not currently administering the vaccine.

*March 2 Update: 

NC DHHS has recently announced that all of Group 3, essential frontline workers, are now eligible for the vaccine. This includes “College and university instructors and support staff” who are working “in-person at your place of work,” as well as other front-line essential workers, as defined by NC DHHS.  More information on who is eligible in what group and how to receive the vaccine are below.

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 that outlines who is eligible to receive the vaccine and in what order.  Eligibility in some groups 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.

NC DHHS recently announced that Group 3, essential frontline employees working in person, are now eligible to receive the vaccine. That includes University faculty and staff that are required to work in person or who anticipate an imminent return to in-person employment.

 

 

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 <nccvms@dhhs.nc.gov> 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?

You will need to wait for your eligibility group under the state’s prioritization framework before making an appointment for a vaccine. Once you are eligible, you are able to make an appointment at any vaccination site in the state by visiting MySpot.NC.Gov. You will need to self-identify as being eligible during the current or any former groups. For example, you are currently eligible to make an appointment if you are in Group 3, 2 or 1 of the vaccine prioritization framework.

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?

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 vaccine.unchealth.org.

Are students eligible for the vaccine?

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It is important to note that many students who are essential workers are eligible for the vaccine under Group 3, including people who work in restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies, so we strongly encourage you to read the guidance from NC DHHS and OCHD carefully.

These students will need to register in the state COVID-19 Vaccine Management System and schedule your vaccination appointment on your own. If you do not qualify for Group 3, you will be eligible to receive it in Group 4 or Group 5, as defined by the state.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

Due to limited supply, you will most likely not get a choice as to which vaccine you receive from any vaccine provider. The FDA and CDC have determined that all the approved vaccines are all safe and effective, and the best vaccine to receive is the one that is offered to you. For more information on the vaccines, visit the CDC website.

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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You can receive the vaccine at any vaccination site across the state. You can find a list of locations at MySpot.NC.Gov. The University is not administering the vaccine at this time.

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.

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.

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