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Student COVID Vaccination Update

The appointment booking site for UNC students and post-docs to sign up for on-campus vaccines launched Friday morning. All appointments for the first week’s allocation of 2,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were filled by Friday at 4pm.

Watch for Cancellations

UNC students and post-docs can watch for openings on the booking site in case of cancelled appointments. The dates when appointments may open include Wednesday 3/31, Thursday 4/1, Monday 4/5 or Tuesday 4/6.

UNC Student COVID Vaccination Site

Future Availability

Campus Health will be notified by the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursdays of each week about vaccine dose allocation for the next week. Once notified of the UNC Chapel Hill allocation - which may vary from week to week - appointments will be opened based on that allocation.

We hope that our allocation for next week will be similar in size to our allocation this week.

Students should remain alert for an email about appointment scheduling which will be sent once the vaccine allocation has been confirmed. Due to the spring holiday weekend, new appointment slots will likely open around midday on Monday 4/5 for appointments beginning Wednesday 4/7.

Alternate Locations

Many off-campus vaccination sites are available. If you are seeking vaccination and do not want to wait to sign up, you can find an alternate vaccination location at https://myspot.nc.gov/

Collaborator Highlights

Work for Campus Rec

Join the Campus Recreation positions offer flexible scheduling, paid training, job promotions, and professional development opportunities. The Campus Recreation Employment Application is open now until positions are filled.

Well Ride

Get a free Lyft ride to and from your off-campus mental health appointment. Available to UNC students 18 and up who do not have a car in the area and attend mental health appointments 3-4 times per month. Apply using the online Google form.

Spring Holiday Hours for Health and Wellbeing Services

Carolina Student Vaccination Center opens Wednesday from 9am - 7pm. Also open Thursday 9am - 7pm, and Monday/Tuesday 9am - 5pm. More hours will open next week and will be announced on Monday 4/5.

Carolina Together Testing Program sites will have regular hours thru Thursday. Weekend hours of Friday 9am - 2pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Campus Health is open for in person and telehealth visits Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm. Open Friday for Same Day Care 8am - 5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Phone support 24/7; the phone number becomes a nurse advice line after hours. Call for an appointment or advice: 919-966-2281.

CAPS offers 24/7 phone support at 919/966-3658. Initial screenings offered by phone 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm M-R. Closed Friday of this week. CAPS 24/7 still available.

Campus Rec is open for in-person workout and climbing reservations at Rams Head and the SRC through 4/1. Closed 4/2-4/4.

Student Wellness provides virtual support, program requests, appointments and wellbeing interventions. Learn more at studentwellness.unc.edu.

Your questions: Answered

What should I know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?

UNC will begin vaccinating students this week with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Here’s what you should know:

  • J&J uses a weakened common cold virus, called an adenovirus, as a vehicle to deliver a single coronavirus gene into human cells. That gene then provides the instructions for making the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. When the body makes the spike protein, the immune system reacts by making antibodies; later, if exposed to COVID-19, the immune system remembers what the spikes look like and how to destroy them. The adenovirus in the vaccine has been genetically modified so it cannot duplicate. This means it can’t give you a cold or COVID-19.

  • It is a one dose vaccination. This is especially beneficial for students. The 2nd vaccine dose of other COVID-19 vaccines would fall at the end of the semester and finals crunch time. A single vaccine means one potential instance for common vaccine side effects, like feeling slightly under-the-weather.

  • J&J is 85% effective in preventing severe disease and essentially 100% effective in preventing hospitalization and death. This makes it very similar to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in protecting people from serious illness.

  • It is effective against some COVID variants. In trials, it was 66% effective in preventing people from becoming sick with COVID-19, including active variants during the trial phase.

We encourage students to be vaccinated when it’s your turn with whatever vaccine is available to you.

Adapted from 6 Things to Know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

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