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. 

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.

Important Updates

Stetson is working to provide two ways for you to get vaccines. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities when available to protect your health and the health of our community.

1) On-campus vaccination events

Recently 115 students, faculty, staff and Chartwells Stetson employees age 18 and up received the Moderna vaccine during our on-campus vaccination event on April 21. Stetson will administer second doses on May 5 and May 19 for those who received their first doses on campus on April 7 and 21. We will continue to work with the state to receive vaccine for future events.

2) Buses to vaccination site:

Free bus transportation to and from the Valencia College West Capus vaccination site on April 5 and 6 is over, but we hope to have more opportunities available soon. Stay tuned!

Masks are required throughout the trip and social distancing will be enforced at all times. All seating will be disinfected between trips.

We will continue to share new local vaccine options with you as they become available.

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. No additional medical information is requested. At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for our population.

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

President Biden has announced everyone 16 years and older, in every state, is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine according to new federal guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

  • More than half of all adults in America have now received at least one shot.
  • More than 32 percent of adults are fully vaccinated.
  • Eighty-one percent of seniors have at least one, and just about two thirds are fully vaccinated.
  • At least 90 percent of Americans now have a vaccine site within five miles of where they live.
 

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As the United States passed the 50% vaccination mark in mid-April, the reported global death toll from the coronavirus topped 3 million people, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has over 31 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 thus far demonstrating the need for vaccinations and continued preventive measures, such as facial coverings and distancing. Do not become complacent – remain vigilant!

Requirements for Minors

In order for an individual aged 16-17 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the parent or guardian must:

  • Schedule the vaccine appointment.
  • Complete the electronic consent forms sent to you prior to your appointment. If the consent forms are not signed prior to the appointment, consent will be provided at the vaccination appointment location.
  •  Accompany the minor to the site. To locate a local vaccination site with the Pfizer vaccine, visit vaccinefinder.org.

*Note: Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for individuals over the age of 16. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are only available for those over the age of 18. Vaccine availability and site locations are subject to change daily. Check with individual sites to ensure availability.

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, and these changes apply to all vaccination sites in the state. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required.

 

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Off-Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Vaccination Site Locations

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 vaccination information can be found at volusia.org. After providing more than 74,000 vaccines, COVID-19 activities at the Volusia County Fairgrounds are beginning to wind down. The last day for first dose vaccines at the site will be Friday, April 30, and second dose vaccines will be provided as scheduled through Friday, May 28

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; and 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 386-274-0500.

The Department of Health in Volusia County and Volusia County Public Protection will continue to work together on pop-up vaccine events throughout the county. These micro-missions will focus on ensuring vaccine access to underserved residents who might otherwise not have immediate access to current vaccine sites. For more information on these efforts call 386-274-0500. For a list of vaccine locations in Volusia County, access the Florida Department of Health vaccine locator at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines.

Seminole County's fixed vaccine distribution site is located at the former Sears store at the Oviedo Mall. For the most current COVID-19 information, including mobile vaccine appointments, proof of Florida residency, and any potential appointment cancellations, visit PrepareSeminole.org. Call 407-665-0000 for assistance in booking an appointment.

At this time, the Federal COVID-19 Vaccination site at Valencia College West Campus is walk-ups only (no appointments). The FEMA site operates 7 days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For information about the FEMA site in West Orlando, visit the Orange County Vaccination Sites website.

 

     

 

You can make an appointment at the Orange County Convention Center site at Orange County's Vaccination Sites website. The county can administer 3,000 COVID-19 doses a day at the convention center.

Orange County has announced more than 4,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed Thursday, April 15, 2021, and Friday, April 16, 2021, the AdventHealth community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport. An appointment is required and a parent or guardian must be present with a minor. For more information, visit the Orange County Vaccination Sites website.

The drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center provides residents a convenient way to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Thanks to an increase in supply from the state, hundreds of appointments are available for next week from Monday, April 26-Saturday, May 1. Residents can book appointments now by visiting, ocfl.net/Vaccine. 

Orange County Government’s mobile vaccination site at Silver Star Recreation Center will continue serving the surrounding community until Friday, April 23, 2021. The mobile site will return to Silver Star at a later date to provide pre-scheduled second doses.

Beginning next week, Orange County will open a new mobile vaccination site:

Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30

Goldenrod Park Recreation Center

4863 N. Goldenrod Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mobile sites provide appointment and walk-up service during operating hours, and administer up to 1,000 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more about these sites. 

Retail Pharmacies

Florida expanded COVID-19 vaccines to retail pharmacies through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program beginning Friday, Feb. 12. Floridians now have access to vaccines at 490 new pharmacy locations across 52 counties. For eligibility requirements and appointment information, visit the Volusia County website. Register through retail pharmacy websites:

 

As the COVID-19 vaccine supply becomes more widely available, eligibility guidelines are expanding and updating rapidly. Stay tuned to local media and these official websites for additional information.

Continue to check these links to see if you meet the expanded qualifications. If you have received your COVID-19 vaccine already (first dose, completed two-dose series, or single dose), please submit your vaccination record using this form. This data is a vital component of our decision-making process and helps to safeguard our community.

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 has updated quarantine and testing 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 or be tested 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 have not developed any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection since exposed.

While available COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and/or symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. In addition, the efficacy of the vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants is not known. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. Other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in indoor public places until we know more. You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace. Visit the CDC website to learn more.

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 three 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

Viral Vector

One dose

72% in the U.S

66% Overall

18 years+

-20 Celsius

 

 

Johnson & Johnson Pause Lifted

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration have lifted the pause on the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine. FEMA sites in the area already resumed administration although the demand seen is low. More information can be found on the FDA website.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb. 27. The Johnson single dose vaccine has an overall efficacy rate of 66% (72% in the U.S.) and it was more than 85% effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19 infections and 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

 

Download the CDC COVID-19 vaccine poster. Download the CDC Spanish language Vacunas contra el COVID-19 poster.

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