Q: Who at SU currently is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations under Maryland Department of Health guidelines?
A: Under Phase 1C, the Maryland Department of Health has opened reservations for COVID-19 vaccinations to those with essential functions related to campus operations (including, but not limited to, facilities, food service and housing staff), and faculty and staff who provide essential in-person learning that cannot be delivered remotely.
Q: Are vaccinations currently available?
A: SU has been informed that, due to a nationwide supply shortage, vaccinations for most at Phase 1C are not yet available in our area. Please monitor your SU email for updates.
Q: When will vaccinations be available for others on campus?
A: During Phase 2, Maryland residents age 16-64 who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities will be eligible for the vaccine. In Phase 3, all residents age 16-64 will be eligible. The Maryland Department of Health currently does not have a timeline for those phases. Any SU community member in Phase 1, including healthcare workers and first responders, who would like the vaccine and has not yet received it should schedule their vaccination as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine.
Q: How can I schedule a vaccination?
A: Throughout Maryland, vaccines are being coordinated by local health departments and medical providers. Currently, the Wicomico County Health Department is not accepting vaccination appointments. SU will coordinate with local healthcare partners to provide additional information as it becomes available.
Q: Does SU require students or employees to have a COVID-19 vaccination?
SU currently does not require faculty, staff or students to receive the vaccine. The University will contact those eligible for the vaccine (based on Maryland Department of Health guidelines) via SU email to verify interest in being vaccinated and then will communicate the process regarding how to sign up for a vaccination.
Q: Will vaccinations be administered on campus?
A: At this time, vaccinations are not expected to be administered on campus.
Q: Once I’m vaccinated, do I still need to go through COVID-19 testing at SU?
A: Because vaccinated individuals still may contract and spread the virus, regardless of symptoms, SU community members receiving the vaccination still must complete an SU-administered PCR test and receive a negative result every 30 days to retain access to campus buildings. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine or isolate for the same number of days as those who have not received the vaccine. Please visit the SU COVID-19 Testing Information webpage for more information.
Q: Do I still have to wear a face mask on campus after I’m vaccinated?
A: SU COVID-19 policies regarding face masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and other safety measures remain in place for all individuals on campus, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
Q: Once I’m vaccinated, how will I prove it?
A: When you arrive for your vaccination, you will be given a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, filled out by the medical professional who administers your vaccine. It is important that you retain this card and, for vaccines that require a second dose, bring the card with you for the second appointment so it may be completed in full. While some organizations are working to create national and international digital verification systems for those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, those systems are not yet in place.
Q: Is the vaccine safe?
A: The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. After clinical trials, all COVID-19 vaccines must receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval before being administered, and monitoring systems are in place to ensure the continued safety of the vaccines. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.