COVID-19 Vaccine

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

The College is working closely with its health partner, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), on a vaccine distribution plan for the campus community. The first vaccine clinic will take place on Friday, March 26. Details about future clinics will be announced to campus as soon as possible. At this point we do not know the timing/details of those opportunities. 

Employees and students are not required to use this service. Employees and students (for those students qualifying for Phase 1b, which began March 8) can make their own arrangements through existing scheduling pathways.   

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

What is the status of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution?

On March 31, South Carolina health officials announced that the state advanced to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccination plan. Phase 2 includes anyone aged 16 and up.

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. 

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine, will it be required of students?

Maybe.

The College currently has three vaccines that are required if you are a student. These vaccines are required because an outbreak of measles, mumps, pertussis or meningitis would have significant impact on our campus community as we saw last fall with the mumps epidemic. In the case of the mumps, we were grateful that almost all of our students were vaccinated against mumps, including those who acquired the illness. However, having most of the population vaccinated meant the cases we did have in our community were mild and not very contagious.

The College is strongly recommending that students get vaccinated before fall and provide proof of vaccination through our Student Health Services record system. As we await further guidance from state and federal public health agencies, our plans may evolve and we will notify students and their families of all requirements and updates. 

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

Student Health Services will provide 300 doses on each of the days listed below while supplies last. Appointments will take place at Student Health Services located at 181 Calhoun Street (behind the Robert Scott Small Building). Currently, appointments can be made for the following days: 

  • Wednesday, April 14th 
  • Tuesday, April 20th 
  • Monday, April 26th 
  • Wednesday, April 28th* 
  • Friday, April 30th* 

Students can schedule appointments by logging into their student health portal account at: https://cofc.medicatconnect.com/Please select appointments (top of patient portal), select “Covid Vaccine Administration, select an appointment date and complete required forms to confirm your appointment.  

Appointments are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. Additional appointments will be made available as more vaccines are receivedStudent Health Services will NOT be able to make appointments by phone or email. All appointments must be booked through the online portal. Walk-up appointments will not be accepted.

What will be administered at the student vaccination clinics?

The College anticipates receiving both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Students will not be able to request a specific vaccine.

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?

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. We are unable to accommodate second-dose Pfizer vaccine appointments. 

I will be graduating or leaving campus before the second-dose appointment window. What should I do? 

The College encourages you to still sign up for an appointment to receive your first dose. After your first dose, you can sign up for a second-dose appointment. We encourage you to get your first dose prior to the start of finals so you can get your second dose after finals end. 

If you are unable to return to Student Health Services for your second dose, you will be able to book a second-dose appointment near your home. You can find vaccine distributors in South Carolina on the DHEC website at: https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/ To locate vaccine distributors in other states, we recommend using VaccineFinder at: https://vaccinefinder.org/ 

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. Incoming students will be eligible for the vaccine this fall.  

How will the College ensure that all employees have equal access to this vaccine clinic?

The College will provide an opportunity for employees who do not have access to a computer to schedule an appointment for the vaccine clinic. The College also expects to offer future on-campus clinics in partnership with MUSC. In addition, Student Health Services has been approved as a vaccine distribution site for students by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and will announce details for these events as soon as they are known. 

Will the College hold additional vaccine clinics on campus?

Yes. It is the College’s intention to work with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to obtain additional vaccine doses and to schedule additional clinics. 

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. 
  • 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 or people who are allergic to the vaccine.
  • For more myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.

Will there be a waitlist for extra doses or no-show appointments?

No. Only staff, faculty and contractors who have appointments will be able to attend the event.  

Do employees need to take leave to get their vaccine?

Employees with vaccine appointments at on-campus clinics are not required to take leave or clock out to attend those appointments. Employees with on-campus vaccine appointments should coordinate with their supervisor regarding vaccine appointment times and office coverage. 

Employees who get vaccinations at off-campus locations 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.