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Vaccine Information

 

Since our campus community may have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, we are pleased to provide the following. As new information is available, we will do our best to provide updates.

Currently, vaccine distribution in South Carolina is occurring in a phased approach. An overview of the anticipated categories and time for each phase is available on the SCDHEC website.  Please note that this approach is subject to change for many reasons, such as a change in federal and state guidance, so the community is advised to visit the SCDHEC site regularly. (Members of the NGU community living in other states should refer to their local/state health departments for updates.)

Educational entities are included in Phase 1B to begin distribution in early spring. North Greenville University will provide employment verification to appropriate entities, which will allow employees to register for the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

It is the sole responsibility of the individual to schedule a vaccine appointment once available. Individuals making appointments may need to present credentials to verify they qualify to receive the vaccine, including providing proof of employment and/or residence (e.g., badge, card, license, picture of license). 

South Carolinians can now use the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment System to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are given by appointment only to prevent long lines and illness. Using the system, you can make an appointment quickly and easily at a location that’s near you. Once you have made an appointment, please make every effort to keep it. If you’re unable to complete the scheduling process for any reason or have problems cancelling an appointment, call the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for assistance.

For more information, go to COVID-19 Vaccine, or for additional questions, please contact NGU Clinic Coordinator and Campus Nurse Helen Neely at the NGU Clinic.

 

Current Students

 

At this time, the University does not require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. According to SCDHEC, students are not included in Phase 1B as outlined. People aged 16-64 with certain underlying health conditions will be allowed to take the vaccine as a part of Phase 1C in late spring. Vaccinations for college students without underlying health conditions will be available in Phase 2 this summer and fall.

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment and treat it as any other medical appointment. Class absences will not be excused if receiving the COVID19 vaccine during class time.

All campus community members who have had the vaccine are asked to continue adhering to NGU COVID19 protocols, including the use of face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene, and completing the COVID-19 reporting form when appropriate. 

For information related to vaccination safety and efficacy, please review the CDC FAQs page.

 

NGU Employees

 

At this time, the University does not require any community member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, anyone over the age of 70 with or without underlying health conditions now has the option to receive it through Phase 1A. 

It is the employee’s responsibility to schedule an appointment and treat it as any other medical appointment. If the vaccination is scheduled during normal work hours, personal vacation or sick hours may be used.

All campus community members who have had the vaccine are asked to continue adhering to NGU COVID19 protocols, including the use of face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene, and completing the COVID-19 reporting form when appropriate. 

For information related to vaccination safety and efficacy, please review the CDC FAQs page.

 

FAQs

+ Am I required to get the Vaccine?

At this time, North Greenville University does not require faculty, staff, or students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

+ Will NGU provide the Vaccine?

At this time,North Greenville University is not providing the vaccination on campus.

+ Is the Vaccine safe?

Learn safety information for the COVID-19 Vaccine in the United States

+ Can I opt-out?

North Greenville University will verify employment for all employees when requested. Employees are not required to receive the vaccine.

+ Will NGU pay for the Vaccine?

According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for administering the shot. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or uninsured patients by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the administration fee.

+ Is the Vaccine required for residential students?

At this time,North Greenville University does not require any community member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

+ I have received my vaccine; do I still need to participate in protocols?

Yes. All campus community members are asked to adhere to NGU COVID-19 protocols, including use of face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene, and completing the COVID-19 reporting form when appropriate.

+ Will I be excused/allowed time off from work (not having to use personal vacation or  sick hours) to get the vaccine?

No. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccination will be treated as any other medical appointment.

+ Will students be excused from class to receive the Vaccine?

No. Class absences will not be excused for students receiving the vaccine during class time.

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