COVID-19 vaccines are coming to the College of Charleston.
The College has been designated as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution point by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The designation means that CofC will be able to vaccinate students on-campus.
Currently, the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina are the only DHEC designated college sites in the state.
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the College will administer 300 shots to CofC students at the Student Health Services building, located at 181 Calhoun St. Shots are also scheduled to be administered on the following dates: April 20, April 26, April 28 and April 30.
Student Health Services will add additional clinics to meet student demand and offer second vaccine appointments.
Only the Moderna vaccine will be administered at the April 14 event.
Student appointments are booked on a first-come-first-served basis and can be scheduled through the student health portal. Walk-up appointment will not be available.
Lee Penny, director of Student Health Services, says these vaccinations will help CofC students return to a more normal college experience.
“Not only will they be better protected from the virus, but they will be able to spend more time with their friends who are also vaccinated,” says Penny. “These students will also benefit from different quarantine and isolation procedures than what we have to follow with students who are not vaccinated.”
Vaccines are provided at no cost to CofC students. Insurance information will not be collected.
Penny believes that students are eager to receive the vaccinations. She says when the campus vaccine announcement was made on Friday, it took less than 30 minutes for students to fill all the available appointments. In response, Student Health Services increased their capacity and has added more time slots for students.
“Our students want to get the vaccine and they want to keep our campus safe,” says Penny. “We are committed to providing the vaccine to every interested student.”