Appalachian State University has informed their students that if they are not vaccinated they can and will be subjected to getting tested for COVID 19 more than one time throughout the fall semester.
Although the university cannot unilaterally mandate vaccines for employees or students, officials say App State’s vaccination clinic is part of North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan for rural areas.
If a student is not yet fully vaccinated, officials say they can volunteer their status as soon as they have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Officials say this information will be kept confidential and will be used only to inform university-wide safety protocols.
According to the update, students who live in residence halls must provide their COVID-19 vaccine status as part of their vaccine records via their MedPortal account prior to move-in.
If a student is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of move-in, they must provide documentation of negative COVID-19 test results, and be required to take additional COVID-19 tests prior to move-in.
Officials say fully vaccinated students and employees should submit their vaccination status as soon as possible, and that students who live in residence halls are required to do so before move-in.