Dear Queens Community,
As we look ahead to the Fall semester, we'd like to reiterate our gratitude for all you have done to help keep our COVID-19 case rate extremely low, allowing us to continue on-campus learning and living with little disruption.
After careful consideration, we have decided to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff and students who will be on campus this coming academic year. We believe this is a critical next step in ensuring the health and safety of the entire Queens community, and to our shared goal of returning to campus in the fall at full strength and for the full academic and residential Queens experience. We spent several weeks considering the alternative of dividing our campus between the vaccinated and unvaccinated population and decided it would not be feasible or appropriate.
Our decision is based on the advice of local, state and national health officials as well as data indicating that the vaccines currently approved under emergency authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide effective protection against COVID-19 as well as its known variants. If you require a religious or medical exception as outlined by the state of North Carolina, there will be an opportunity for you to request that exemption. For students and employees who fall into this category, there may be additional safety precautions in place.
Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions.
Vaccine Policy & Exemption Forms
Vaccine Requirement FAQ
If you have a question that isn’t covered in our FAQ, please email it to COVIDSafe@queens.edu.
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
Our very own Jill Perry, assistant dean of health and wellness services, hosted a webinar with Novant Health’s Dr. Charles Bregier, on Thursday, June 3rd.
Jill fielded questions regarding vaccine safety and efficacy to Dr. Bregier, who is an emergency medicine specialist, and part of the team at Novant that has been advising us throughout the pandemic.
View the recording below.
Information on where to take your shot against COVID-19 is available at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov. Currently, anyone age 12 and older is eligible for a vaccine in North Carolina.
Your local health department or hospital can help you get your shot. Locally, you can reserve a spot through Novant, Atrium, StarMed, Walgreens and Mecklenburg County, among others. Vaccination events are also available in some communities.
Find My Spot is an easy-to-use online tool to help individuals find their spot to get a vaccination in North Carolina, including vaccine provider locations and contact information. North Carolinians enter their ZIP code or current location to find nearby vaccine providers. The Find a Vaccine Location tool will be updated regularly. Users should contact vaccine providers directly to see if they have vaccines and schedule appointments.
Getting vaccinated is the best way for us to resume our on-campus experience. We’re monitoring the evolving guidelines from authorities such as the FDA, CDC, and American College Health Association, who are who are gathering the latest information on COVID-19 as well as the vaccine. Here are some helpful resources:
- 7 Things About the COVID-19 Vaccines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- Common Q’s and A’s about the COVID-19 vaccine updated May 28, 2021, from NCDHHS
- Myths & Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (information on safety, vaccine reporting, and vaccine data can also be found here)