COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The State of South Carolina is currently in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Phase 2 makes the vaccine available to all South Carolinians aged 16 and up. This means that all students and campus members who weren’t eligible in earlier phases are now able to schedule vaccination appointments. This includes out-of-state and international students who are residing on campus or in South Carolina at the time of eligibility.

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and strongly encouraged in order to protect your health and that of the entire campus community. If you wish to make a vaccine appointment, please use one of the following methods:

  • Make an appointment with your health care provider.
  • Use DHEC’s vaccine locator to find nearby locations offering appointments.
  • Call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, use proper hand hygiene, and adhere to safety measures.

As a reminder, Lander University will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines implemented at the beginning of the academic year. These include face mask requirements inside campus buildings and facilities, and quarantine/isolation protocols for those who test positive for COVID-19 or are close-contact exposures of positive cases. Additionally, campus members – whether or not they have been vaccinated – should continue to report symptoms of COVID-19, positive/pending test results, and close-contact exposures to the Student Health Services case investigator at 864-388-8885 or 864-388-8907.

You can read more about the vaccine and the state’s phased rollout on DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website.

 

Campus Vaccination Appointments Resume

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted their temporary pause on the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, once again recommending its use and calling for administration of the single-dose vaccine to resume immediately.  

Based upon this new guidance, Lander’s Student Health Services will resume administration of the J&J vaccine through the campus clinic. Any students, faculty or staff who have not already been vaccinated can call 864-388-8885 to schedule an appointment.

The updated guidance was issued following an advisory panel’s review of the J&J vaccine, after a very small number of individuals nationwide reported a rare but serious type of blood clot following inoculation, called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

“Above all else, health and safety are at the forefront of our decisions,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky. “Our vaccine safety systems are working. We identified exceptionally rare events – out of millions of doses of the Janssen COVID-19 administered – and we paused to examine them more carefully. As we always do, we will continue to watch all signals closely as more Americans are vaccinated. I continue to be encouraged by the growing body of real-world evidence that the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they protect people from disease, hospitalization, and death. I urge anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccines to speak with their healthcare provider or local public health department.” Read the full FDA/CDC statement here.

Protecting the health and safety of the campus community remains our highest priority, and Student Health Services will continue to monitor developments regarding the J&J vaccine. Should updated guidance be issued, that information will be shared with campus as it becomes available.  

 

Important Vaccine Information and Eligibility Requirements

The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is approved for patients aged 18 and up, is a single-dose shot administered in the muscle of the upper arm. There is no booster, or second dose, required with this product. (You can learn more about the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the FDA’s website.)

  • All members of the Lander population aged 18 and above can now schedule a vaccination appointment through the Wellness Center. This includes all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff, as well as out-of-state and international students who are residing in South Carolina at this time.
  • Campus members younger than 18 are not eligible to receive the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Lander’s clinic. Those individuals may be eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines through their health care providers, or through community vaccinators, such as Self Regional Healthcare and local pharmacies. Lander does not have access to Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and cannot administer those products.
  • Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as those who have specific questions regarding vaccination and their personal health history, should consult with their primary care physician prior to scheduling or receiving the vaccine.

Individuals who have already scheduled or begun vaccination through another provider should continue that process as directed.

 

Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment at the Wellness Center

Campus members who wish to schedule a vaccination through Lander’s P.O.D. should call the Wellness Center at 864-388-8885 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis while vaccine doses are available; to avoid possible delays, you are encouraged to make your appointment soon.  

  • After calling, you will receive a link for registration and a pre-vaccination questionnaire. While not required, you are asked to complete this questionnaire to help ensure your appointment goes quickly and smoothly.
  • There is no fee for the vaccination. The Wellness Center will not collect or ask for insurance information, and no payment is needed.
  • Vaccines will be administered at the Wellness Center. Appointments will take approximately 30 minutes. This allows time for check-in, administration of the vaccine, and observation following the injection.

At the time of your appointment, please bring your Lander ID AND your state/federal/international identification that verifies your full legal name and date of birth.

 

 Additional Information and FAQs

  • Where can I learn more about the vaccine and vaccination locations?
    South Carolina is currently in Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan, which makes the vaccine available to all South Carolinians aged 16 and up. You can find more information and resources on DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website.

    ​The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and strongly encouraged in order to protect your health and that of the entire campus community. In addition to Lander’s vaccine clinic, students, faculty and staff who wish to be vaccinated may use these options:
    • Make an appointment with your health care provider.
    • Use DHEC’s vaccine locator to find nearby locations offering appointments.
    • Call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
  • Do I need to wear a mask and practice social distancing after vaccination? 
    As a reminder, Lander University will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines implemented at the beginning of the academic year. These include face mask requirements inside campus buildings and facilities, and quarantine/isolation protocols for those who test positive for COVID-19 or are close-contact exposures of positive cases.
  • I’m vaccinated. Do I still need to report symptoms or close-contact exposures?
    Yes. Students, faculty or staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, whether or not they have been vaccinated, should immediately contact Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 for guidance on testing, isolation and quarantine. Remember to report all COVID-19 close-contact exposures, pending tests, and test results to the Student Health Services case investigator at 864-388-8907.

 

Contact Tracing

Positive cases reported to the University will be tracked by a case investigator from Student Health Services. As part of the contact tracing, the case investigator will identify and notify close campus contacts (faculty, staff or students) via email or phone of their possible exposure. The case investigator will also provide guidance regarding quarantine or isolation in accordance with current CDC and DHEC protocols.

Please keep in mind that federal health privacy laws prohibit Lander from releasing any identifying information that could compromise the health privacy of students and employees. DHEC provides regular updates about cases across South Carolina, including Greenwood County, and the agency will determine what information can be released publicly regarding positive cases.

If you have concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19, or if you develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider, or Student Health Services at 864-388-8885, for guidance. It is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services or your supervisor if you:

  • Experience symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; and/or
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed positive.

Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID are allowed to test out of quarantine. For information on quarantine guidelines, contact Health Services at 864-388-8885.

There are two categories of pending tests:

  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested as part of surveillance (without symptoms or known exposure) do not have to quarantine while their test is pending.  
  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested diagnostically (with symptoms and/or known exposure) must quarantine while their test is pending.

 

Self-Screening and Reporting Guidelines

If you tested positive for COVID-19 during the winter break or if you received the vaccine for COVID-19, please contact Health Services at 864-388-8885 or email the university’s contact tracer, Miranda Willard-Pridemore, at mwillardpridemore@lander.edu. This information will allow us to accurately reflect the infection and recovery rate for our university community. 

Use the following questions as a self-screening tool prior to returning to campus:

  • Are you or someone in your household currently being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results?
  • Have you been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
  • Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • Do you or have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher within the last 48 hours?

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, even if you feel it is related to another cause, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 864-388-8885. Please do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Student Health Services and meet the CDC recommended guidelines for resuming regular activity.

These questions can also be used as a daily health screening tool. Remember, at any time this semester, it is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services if you experience symptoms of COVID-19; if you have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; or if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

How to Report

Please report all potential COVID19 close contact exposures, pending COVID19 tests, and COVID19 test results to health services. 

During normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm, please call the Wellness Center at 864-388-8885, or the Case Investigator at 864-388-8907, to report COVID19 test results or close contact exposure.  During this time you will be interviewed by a case investigator who will provide you with quarantine or isolation guidance, and send appropriate notification to your faculty regarding inevitable absences.

If you are reporting COVID19 close contact exposure of positive test results after hours, any weekday after 5:00pm, or on the weekends and holidays, please follow the steps below:

  • Call 864-388-8907 to reach the voicemail of a case investigator 
  • Follow the directions detailed in the recorded message on the Case Investigator’s line
  • Leave a clear, detailed, message with your full name, birth date, reason for calling, and a good phone number to reach you at

A case investigator will return your message, perform a contact tracing interview, and send appropriate notifications on the following business day.

 

Protocol For Students

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, or is a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, the following protocols will be used:

  • Move Off Campus: Residential students will be required to move off campus for the CDC-recommended period of isolation or quarantine. This includes the option of moving home. In addition to providing a more comfortable environment, this allows students to have access to their primary care physicians, should they need additional medical evaluation or treatment.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Designated Room: If moving off campus is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, residential students may file an appeal to request that their quarantine or isolation period occur in a designated space. Appeals may be filed through the Office of Student Affairs. All appeal decisions are final.
    • If a student is granted permission to isolate or quarantine on campus or in areas that may be otherwise available, they will be required to remain in the designated space until being cleared to resume regular activity. Those students will not be permitted to have visitors or leave the designated space for any purpose other than attending a physician visit or receiving emergency medical care. Students will have access to support services during their period of isolation/quarantine. This includes meal delivery and twice-daily check-ins with University nurses or staff, who will ensure those students’ needs are being met and that no higher level of medical care is needed.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Off-Campus Residence: Commuting students who reside in off-campus housing may isolate or quarantine in their off-campus residence. Student Health Services will advise them of the date they can return to campus for classes and activities, and they will have access to daily virtual check-ins with University nurses or staff to assess their needs and ensure no higher level of medical care is needed.

Through Lander University’s partnership with Self Regional Healthcare and the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, Lander students will have access to physician care services, if needed. The University can also supply free, over-the-counter medications (as appropriate) for students who are experiencing symptoms.

Lander University Police will be notified of students’ quarantine or isolation location for safety purposes. Students who violate university quarantine or isolation policies may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Lander’s Student Code of Conduct.

  

Protocol For Employees

Faculty and staff will be asked to quarantine or isolate off campus if they test positive or become exposed to COVID-19. Employees who are advised to quarantine or isolate will be provided with a date when they are eligible to return to campus, based on the latest guidance from the CDC and DHEC.