March 30, 2021
I'm pleased to share that you now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine! Last week, Governor Henry McMaster and DHEC announced the expansion of access to the COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 2, which goes into effect tomorrow, March 31. All individuals aged 16 and above now have access to vaccinations in South Carolina.
To protect yourself and the entire Gamecock community, I strongly encourage you to immediately make your plan to get vaccinated. You can access the vaccine through any community vaccination site statewide by visiting the DHEC COVID vaccine website and making an appointment at a location near you. If you get your vaccine off campus, please be sure to upload your vaccination record in MyHealthSpace.
If you choose to get your vaccine on campus, UofSC students, faculty and staff systemwide are able to log into MyHealthSpace to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. As we have a limited supply, you might be able to get vaccinated more quickly at a community site. It is important to note that Student Health Services currently receives the Moderna vaccine, which is NOT approved for those under age 18. For more information on the UofSC vaccine process and additional details on how to register, please visit the university's COVID-19 Vaccination Information page.
The arrival of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a major development in the coronavirus pandemic and a monumental scientific achievement. The vaccine is effective, and it will help protect you, your friends and your family from becoming sick. As our campus gets vaccinated, we expect to be able to gradually return to a more normal routine.
We also now know that individuals who were infected once can become reinfected as antibodies weaken. That means it is important for everyone — whether you've already had the virus or not — to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Gamecocks, I'm grateful for your continued patience, commitment and resilience. As we look toward a hopeful return to "normal," please continue your disciplined practice of wearing a mask, washing your hands and watching your distance — no matter your vaccine status.