COVID-19 Vaccination

Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccines to protect yourself, your family and the community. Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are highly recommended for all Stetson community members. 

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for our population. Vaccine availability is still a nationwide concern and the vaccines are authorized through FDA emergency use only. We will continue to review guidance from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association and the Department of Health on this important matter to help in our future decisions on mandating vaccines for different groups, such as our residential population.

Off-Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations

Volusia County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), is continuously holding multiple COVID-19 vaccination events. Residents 65 and older, health care professionals, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and individuals who are deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 can preregister for vaccine appointments and request to be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting the DOH’s new statewide vaccine website, myvaccine.fl.gov. Anyone not meeting these criteria may register to receive email updates on vaccine availability or call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 for additional information.

In addition, the Daytona Beach VA clinic and local Publix pharmacies are providing COVID-19 vaccines to those who qualify. For eligibility requirements and appointment information, visit the Volusia County website.

On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations

Stetson University is currently working on acquisition, planning and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination for our community. In the meantime, we strongly recommend that individuals who qualify to get vaccinated do so at their earliest opportunity. Additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccines can be found at the CDC website.

Vaccination Reporting

Individuals are encouraged to report their COVID-19 vaccination status to Stetson by using this form. This data is a vital component of our decision-making process and helps to safeguard our community. At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for our population.

Quarantine for Vaccinated Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated quarantine guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • They have received the full series of COVID-19 vaccines (2 dose series, or 1 dose for single-dose vaccine) and it has been at least two weeks from completion.
  • They are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series. ­­
  • They have not developed any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection since exposed.

 

At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and attending COVID-19 testing regularly. For more information regarding current COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC website.

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against this virus. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. Therefore, it is imperative that vaccinated individuals continue to implement mitigation strategies such as mask wearing, handwashing and continue to practice social distance after receiving the vaccination series. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.

Currently, there are only two COVID-19 vaccines available that had been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA:

Vaccine

Type

Doses

Effectiveness

Age Group

Storage

 

Pfizer-BioNTech

mRNA

Two doses, 21 days apart

95%

16 years+

-70

Celsius

Moderna

mRNA

Two doses, 28 days apart

94.10%

18 years+

-20

Celsius

 

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its investigational single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The Johnson vaccine has an overall efficacy rate of 66% and it was more than 85% effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19 infections and 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The FDA plans to review the application later this month. More information can be found on the FDA website.

Florida expands vaccines to retail pharmacies.

Florida has expanded vaccines to retail pharmacies. Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, Floridians will have access to COVID-19 vaccines at 490 new pharmacy locations across 52 counties. Register through retail pharmacy websites at Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Winn Dixie.

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