COVID-19 Vaccination

Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccines to protect yourself, your family and the community. These vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are highly recommended for all Stetson community members.

The Association of Immunization Managers recently stated that there are currently 6 variants of the virus which are of concern. Scientifics believe the current COVID-19 vaccines provide protection against the variant of most concern- the Delta variant. This variant has a high risk of spreading and may lead to more severe disease (and new symptoms such as hearing loss and gangrene) and hospitalizations, particularly among younger people and those who are unvaccinated.

Why Get Vaccinated?

Once you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after the one-dose vaccine), you…

  • do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone positive for COVID-19 (if you have no symptoms).
  • do not need to regularly test (even athletes and high-risk groups).
  • do not need to quarantine upon returning to the U.S after travel.
  • will be exempt from mandatory gateway testing.
  • will enable Stetson to open up more and more options!

Don’t wait! Find a vaccine near you now by visiting find my vaccine. To learn more about how vaccines prevent COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, and reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 to others, visit the CDC website.

Vaccination Reporting

Help us make better community decisions for Fall 2021 and WIN! 

Safer Stetson Tuition Awards: Stetson University is taking steps to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment leading into the Fall 2021 semester by encouraging vaccinations among the entire Stetson community. The university is offering special opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law to benefit from voluntarily registering their COVID-19 vaccination through the confidential university online form. Students could win one of two full-year tuition awards, $1000 awards, Disney tickets and more! 

Learn more about this program at the Safer Stetson Awards page or review our awards specific FAQs.

Reporting: If you already have been vaccinated, letting us know that will help us to make better decisions for everyone in the fall. Voluntarily report your COVID-19 vaccination status to Stetson as soon as possible by using this online formThis data is a vital component of our decision-making process and helps to safeguard our community. 

Also, this information informs our decisions on when to relax restrictions – a win-win for everyone! As we know more of our population is fully vaccinated, Stetson will be able to lessen policy restrictions and open up our campuses to return to our pre-pandemic activities and operations.

Returning to normal is up to us! Let’s get vaccinated!

Please note that this information will be kept private and confidential; only Stetson Health Service, Human Resources, Risk Management and the assistant dean for student affairs at the College of Law have access to the online system. Neither your supervisor nor other colleagues have access to this information. The data is stored behind our protective firewall and is secured. In the unlikely event of a data breach, Stetson will comply with Florida breach notification laws. Employees who are not comfortable uploading the vaccination card should contact Human Resources (humres@stetson.edu in DeLand and hr@law.stetson.edu for College of Law). Students should contact Student Health Services (healthservices@stetson.edu) in DeLand and Student Life (studentaffairs@law.stetson.edu) at the College of Law.

Check out Stetson’s real-time statistical data indicating number of our population who are vaccinated at our COVID-19 Tracking webpage.

Vaccination Eligibility

According to the latest federal guidance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Pfizer Authorized for Ages 12–17: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 10 expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 17 years of age. Evaluation of the effectiveness found that the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in this age group. To find a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

To obtain the vaccine in Florida, individuals 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. To learn more and complete the forms, visit the Florida Health website. 

Even if you have had COVID-19 in the past, it is still recommended you get vaccinated! You can visit myvaccine.fl.gov to schedule an appointment. For more vaccine information or to locate your nearest vaccination site, visit the Florida Health website.

Vaccines are free at all locations. Vaccine availability and site locations are subject to change daily. Check with individual sites to ensure availability. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required.

Off-Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Vaccination Site Locations

DeLand: Family Health Source is offering immunizations in DeLand at their South Woodland Boulevard location near Stetson. Family Health Service has announced educators regardless of age will be given priority for COVID-19 vaccine appointments until further notice, as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Volusia County: COVID-19 vaccines are being offered by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at all four office locations, as well as at pop-up sites throughout the county. Vaccines are available at:

  • 421 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
  • 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach
  • 717 W. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach
  • 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 386-274-0500. For a full list of vaccine locations in Volusia County, access the Florida Department of Health vaccine locator at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines.

Retail Pharmacies

Floridians now have access to COVID-19 vaccines at 490 new retail pharmacy locations across 52 counties through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. For eligibility requirements and appointment information, visit the Volusia County website. Register through retail pharmacy websites: CostcoCVSPublixSam's ClubWalgreensWalmart or Winn-Dixie.

Stay tuned to local media and these official websites for additional information:

Continue to check these links for important updates.

On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations

Stetson University is excited to be able to offer multiple opportunities and convenience, and although we cannot vaccinate every member of the community that wants to be vaccinated at this time, with the expansion of age eligibility and vaccination sites we are hopeful the process becomes faster and easier for the entire community in the weeks ahead.

Our most recent vaccination event has ended, but we will notify our community as future on-campus vaccination events become available.

Quarantine and Testing for Vaccinated Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 13, 2021, updated quarantine and testing guidelines for COVID-19 fully vaccinated individuals (two weeks after the second dose in two-dose series or two weeks after one-dose vaccine). Some of these changes include:

  • Fully vaccinated persons no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • Fully vaccinated persons can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter, or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.
  • Fully vaccinated persons can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure or international travel, if asymptomatic.

For more information, consult the CDC's summary of changes.

Vaccine Information

National Data

Please note, 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. Learn more at Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are going down, and the number of people vaccinated continues to go up, providing a sense of optimism as summer approaches. As of May 20, 48.4% of the U.S. population ages 18 years and older is fully vaccinated, and 60.5% have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, as of last week, millions more are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. These trends and new CDC evidence-based guidance on masking provide encouragement that we are making progress toward returning to a sense of normalcy.

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Summer Planning

The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people, including adolescents, no longer need to wear masks in most situations. These announcements come as many families are looking forward to summer plans, including camp, youth sports, and travel. Authorization also comes as young people make up a rising proportion of new coronavirus cases in the United States. Be sure to consider being vaccinated if you are eligible and make a plan to stay safe this summer.

Download the CDC COVID-19 vaccine poster.

Local Resources

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