COVID-19 Vaccine

I am fully vaccinated* and was around someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Now what?

Please report this on Back on the Bricks as a close contact.

If you are fully vaccinated* and do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine.

 

*Fully Vaccinated is defined as two weeks or longer after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks or longer after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

My roommate has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not reported this to the College. What should I do?

Please encourage your roommate to report their positive COVID case on Back on the Bricks. You can also report your close contact on Back on the Bricks.

 

Please note that students who test positive will be required to isolate for 10 days from the date of their positive test. If it is a home-based test, the isolation dates will be based on the date the student self-reports the test to Student Health Services.

What is the College’s plan for the administering the vaccine to the campus community?

The College continues to strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Students can receive either Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations from Student Health Services. Please call Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 to make an appointment.

DHEC’s guidance for COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the agency’s website. Online appointments can be made by using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator or you can call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1.866.365.8110 for help. 

MUSC is also holding vaccination clinics at the following locations. Appointments can be made at https://muschealth.org/get-vaccine.

MUSC Health - Ashley River Tower (0.8 miles from campus)
25 Courtenay Dr.
Charleston SC 29425

MUSC Vaccine Peninsula (the old DMV; 1.8 miles from campus)

180 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston SC 29403 

MUSC North Charleston – Mall Drive (8.8 miles from campus)
2401 Mall Drive
North Charleston SC 29406

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be required of students?

No. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and S.C. DHEC guidelines, the College of Charleston strongly recommends its students, faculty and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, please note that a COVID-19 vaccination is not required for any student to enroll or an employee to work at the College of Charleston.

    • Every student, including returning students, should complete the College of Charleston COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Form. This information is critical to decision-making related to the operation of the school during the 2021-22 academic year.
    • The information entered into the Microsoft form is kept strictly confidential; neither parents nor students will receive an email that indicates their vaccination status – whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.
    • Students who are not vaccinated should consider getting regularly tested using the weekly COVID-19 testing events on campus. Given the social nature and high density of a college campus, public health experts strongly encourage regular testing for those individuals, at a minimum. 

Are there any incentives for submitting COVID-19 vaccination documentation?

Yes. The College will be holding random drawings to pick winners from among the students and employees who have provided their COVID-19 vaccination information. Documentation can be uploaded using the below links. 

Everyone who has uploaded vaccine information prior to the drawing dates is eligible. See below for drawing dates and awards. 

 

Student Incentives and Drawing Dates 

Drawing Dates:  

  • Thursday, August 26  
  • Thursday, September 16 
  • Thursday, October 7 

Awards:  

  • Two $10,000 scholarships ($5,000 awarded in fall and $5,000 in spring) 
  • Five $5,000 scholarships ($2,500 awarded in fall and $2,500 in spring) 
  • Ten $3,000 scholarships ($1,500 awarded in fall and $1,500 in spring) 
  • Twenty $1,000 scholarships ($500 awarded in fall and $500 in spring) 

 

Employee Incentives and Drawing Dates

Drawing Dates: 

  • Thursday, August 26 
  • Thursday, October 7 

Awards: 

  • Thirty $1,000 grants to be used for employee work-related travel, professional development or work supplies
  • Fifteen grants will be awarded for each drawing. 
  • Grants will be awarded to the department or office in which the winning employee works and must be used in support of the winning employee. 
  • Departments/offices will have up to three years to use the grants.  
  • Grants are not to be paid to the winning employee as earnings under any circumstances. 

As a student, when will the COVID-19 vaccination clinics be held?

College of Charleston Student Health Services is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to students. Students will be able to select the vaccine they receive once they arrive.

Students can receive vaccinations from Student Health Services. Please call Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 to make an appointment.

 

Is it possible the vaccine will become mandatory?

We are monitoring the state government regulations in the event the current mandate is changed. We will certainly let the campus community know if anything changes.

What will be administered at the student vaccination clinics?

The College has both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines. Students will be able to select the vaccine they wish to receive upon arrival.

Students who receive the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses, will receive information regarding their second-dose appointments at the vaccine clinic. The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) requires only one dose.

Is there a fee for the student vaccines?

No. Vaccines are provided at no cost to CofC students. Insurance information will NOT be collected.  

I am a student and already received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Can I make an appointment for the second does at the on-campus clinic?

Yes. If you previously received the Moderna vaccine, please select an appointment for a second-dose appointment. Although we are unable to accommodate second-dose Pfizer vaccine appointments, staff at Student Health Services can help arrange for the second dose Pfizer vaccine if needed. 

For the student vaccine clinics, can family members, CofC staff or faculty participate in this event?

No, this event is limited to currently enrolled students at College of Charleston.   

Where can College employees go to get vaccinated?

DHEC’s guidance for COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the agency’s website. Online appointments can be made by using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator or you can call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1.866.365.8110 for help. 

In addition, MUSC is holding vaccination clinics at the following locations. Appointments can be made at https://muschealth.org/get-vaccine.

MUSC Health - Ashley River Tower (0.8 miles from campus)
25 Courtenay Dr.
Charleston SC 29425

MUSC Vaccine Peninsula (the old DMV; 1.8 miles from campus) 
180 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston SC 29403 

MUSC North Charleston – Mall Drive (8.8 miles from campus)
2401 Mall Drive
North Charleston SC 29406

Why should I get vaccinated? 


  • The COVID-19 vaccine teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
  • If enough people are vaccinated, the community develops herd immunity, and the virus cannot easily spread from person to person. Experts estimate that herd immunity would require around 80-90% of the population to have COVID-19 immunity, either through prior infection or vaccination. 
  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. 
  • The Pfizer has received full approval from the FDA, due to its safety and efficacy.
  • None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. 
  • Getting vaccinated helps protect those who cannot be vaccinated, like newborns and children under the age of 12 or people who are allergic to the vaccine.
  • For more myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.

Do employees need to take leave to get their vaccine?

Employees with vaccine appointments should coordinate with their supervisor regarding vaccine appointment times and office coverage. 

Employees who get vaccinations will be required to do so during non-work hours, lunch break or coordinate with their supervisor to take leave or make up the time if appropriate. 

Where do students upload their vaccination information?

Please upload your COVID-19 vaccine information using the following link. https://forms.office.com/r/JyD5fwfA2p

 

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You can also use the QR code above. 

What if I can’t get vaccinated? How can I still participate in campus events?

For your health and safety, the College of Charleston strongly recommends that you wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing.

What activities are safe for people who have been vaccinated?

The CDC has released information regarding what you can do when you are fully vaccinated. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html#vaccinated

 

I'm a currently enrolled unvaccinated student, where can I get vaccinated?

College of Charleston Student Health Services provides free vaccines to currently enrolled students. Please call Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 to make an appointment. Students can also find vaccines close to their home by searching: https://www.vaccines.gov/

What is the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge?

The College has joined the national COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, which is being spearheaded by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to help end the pandemic. In support of this effort, the College has committed to getting our campus community vaccinated by engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing our campus community; and providing vaccine access.

I am fully vaccinated* and I don’t feel well, what should I do?

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please seek medical assistance and evaluation by your primary care provider (PCP) to determine next steps. Examples of COVID-19 symptoms include the following.

  • Sore throat
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

You should self-quarantine until you know your status. Talk to a healthcare provider. Students can call Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 or make an appointment to be evaluated. Staff and faculty should inform their supervisors of their situation and seek medical guidance from their Primary Care Provider (PCP) before returning to work. Please visit the listing of COVID-19 test sites for locations where you can be tested.

*Fully Vaccinated is defined as two weeks or longer after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks or longer after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Why is the College allowed to require other vaccines (measles, mumps, DTap, etc) but not COVID?

Yes, the College has been allowed to require vaccines for years including MMR, Tdap and Meningitis in order to prevent outbreaks of serious illness on campus; however, there is a current budget proviso (see below) at the state legislative level that prohibits any institution receiving funding from the State of S.C. to require vaccination of its students against COVID-19. 

117.163.   (GP: COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Restriction - Institutions)  For the current fiscal year, state-supported institutions of higher learning that directly or indirectly receive funds appropriated or authorized through the general appropriations act shall be restricted from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for any student as a condition of enrollment, attendance at on campus instruction, or residence on campus.  In instances of off-campus learning events for which third party program providers require proof of vaccination, the third party requirements shall apply.

Will vaccinated students have to go into quarantine after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case?

At this time, the CDC is not recommending vaccinated individuals go into quarantine after direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. The recommendation is that those individuals be aware of potential symptoms and wear a mask for 14 days following exposure. It is also recommended that they get tested 3-5 days after exposure in the event of an asymptomatic case.

Will COVID Vaccine status be verified? i.e. will the College be checking for fake COVID vaccine cards?

Student Health Services has the ability to verify documentation, but we ask that our students provide valid documentation and follow our honor code.