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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • A Student Health Services employee in teal gloves extracts a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from a small vial using a syringe

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The university is an activated vaccine distribution site and has begun vaccinating eligible members of our community. COVID-19 vaccination distribution continues to evolve, and we are currently in Phase 1a, with Phase 1b beginning March 8. The university is required to follow CDC and SCDHEC guidelines as vaccine becomes available to our community.

Vaccines on campus

Student Health Services (SHS) has been authorized to dispense the COVID-19 vaccine to our campus and was activated for dispensing in late January by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). SHS anticipates receiving only a small quantity of vaccine (200 doses) each week and may not always receive weekly allocations. SHS will host their vaccine clinics at the Center for Health and Well-Being .

 

Due to the high volume of traffic on the vaccine appointment page, those wishing to make an appointment may experience some difficulty accessing the site. Appointments will continue to be added as vaccine doses become available, so please check MyHealthSpace frequently if you are eligible to make an appointment.



Eligibility

The available vaccine supply is currently restricted to university faculty, staff and students based on the following eligibility criteria, by appointment only. Appointments can be made through MyHealthSpace:

  • People age 65 and over
  • Health care personnel
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Home caregivers for children who have a tracheostomy, are ventilator-dependent or who have a Medically Complex Children's Waiver
  • See the full list via DHEC.

Scheduling begins Thursday, March 4 for appointments beginning Monday, March 8.

  • All individuals age 55 and above.
  • Teachers, Professors, Instructors, Graduate Assistants and support staff.
  • Graduate assistants engaged in teaching or research that brings them face to face with other students or graduate students employed by the university and by virtue of employment are at increased risk of exposure, as defined in the next bullet.
  • Frontline staff supporting the university's mission – who are defined as individuals in-person at their place of work, and who perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close (less than 6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment.
  • All individuals identified in Phase 1a who have not yet received their vaccine.
  • Those aged 16-64 with pre-existing conditions as defined by ACIP:
    • Cancer (current, not a history of cancer), chronic kidney disease (any stage), chronic lung disease, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Down syndrome, heart disease (congestive heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension), HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant, obesity (BMI >30), pregnancy, sickle cell disease.
    • People who have a developmental or other severe high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely.

Phases of vaccine eligibility are determined by federal and state officials, and the university is required to follow the guidance of the CDC and SCDHEC as the vaccine is rolled out.

Since early January, SHS has been working collaboratively with Prisma Health to process those on our campus who are eligible for vaccination. In addition to the on-campus vaccinations now occurring through SHS, Prisma Health has a vaccination site at Gamecock Park for eligible person who has not yet been vaccinated. Prisma Health's site and the SHS clinic are accepting individuals by appointment only.

Those included in Phase 1a or 1b can access the vaccine through any community vaccination site statewide, and we encourage you to visit the DHEC COVID vaccine website to make an appointment at a location near you. 

Beginning March 4, UofSC students, faculty and staff system-wide who are included in Phase 1b will be able to log into MyHealthSpace to schedule an appointment beginning March 8. While we can currently only administer the vaccine on our Columbia campus, the appointments outlined above are available to all Phase 1b individuals in the UofSC System. It is important to note that Student Health Services currently receives the Moderna vaccine, which is NOT approved for those under age 18.

Spouses of faculty and staff may also make an appointment to be vaccinated if they are covered under the state health plan and fall into Phase 1a or 1b eligibility. Spouses must register with SHS by calling 803-777-3175 before scheduling an appointment.

Faculty and staff should visit the DHEC website frequently for updates concerning changes and updates to the vaccine phases. Faculty and staff should take every opportunity to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine at the community sites when they meet the criteria, so please check the website and vaccine locations frequently.

 

COVID-19 Questions

For any questions or concerns about coronavirus that have not been addressed on this page, please contact us using the form below.


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