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Fall Reopening &
COVID-19

Information for Students & Employees

Updates

During the week of 5/1–5/8/2021, we received reports that no members of the Clayton State University community (students and employees) have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health has implemented a contact tracing program to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As part of their process, individuals who have been in close proximity with the person who has tested positive will be identified and contacted to self-monitor for symptoms and are asked to stay home for 14 days. 

As we work to implement our plans to return to in-person instruction for fall semester, departments within Clayton State University will be hosting forums over the next few months to share information and address questions from our campus community. Please look out for email invitations and monitor this page for upcoming dates.

Some elements of planning, such as those associated with COVID-19 awareness and safety precautions implemented by Clayton State; as well as reviewing faculty, staff and students' role in containing the spread of COVID-19 are coordinated with state agencies. In the meantime, in accordance with guidance from the University System of Georgia, campus will re-open in a staggered fashion.

The academic calendar has been adjusted. Spring semester courses began on Monday, January 11 and  final exams will end on Monday, May 3, 2021. 

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing is not possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one's own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

As we plan for a return to campus, please know that we continue to follow recommendations from the Georgia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University System of Georgia.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Due to limited supply and government restrictions, University Health Services is only offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible current employees and to eligible currently-enrolled students of Clayton State University. Find more information on eligibility, appointment sign up and required documents needed to get vaccinated by clicking the link below.

This facility and vaccination clinic is not open to the general public.

*Please do not request an appointment if you are not a current Clayton State employee or currently enrolled student who meets the eligibility requirements in Tier 1A+.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as a closed Point of Distribution (POD), Clayton State is a community partner with the Clayton County Board of Health to vaccinate currently enrolled Clayton State students ages 18 and older, current Clayton State faculty and their immediate family members ages 18 and older, and current Clayton State staff and their immediate family members ages 18 and older. Clayton State University is not a vaccination site for family members of students or for the general public.

At the present time, Clayton State is not vaccinating retirees due to a limited vaccine supply and due to the need to focus on actively employed staff and students who are actively visiting campus.

Mother, father, sister, brother or child residing in the employee’s household or for whom an employee provides ongoing care for assistance in the activities of daily living. Note, the two vaccines presently available are for adults only. At the moment, Clayton State has Moderna vaccines which are approved for ages 18 and up.

If you are eligible in Tier1A+, you may request an appointment by following instructions on this website:

Coronavirus Information - Clayton State University

The eligible employee should follow the same instructions on the website to make the request and clearly state how the family member is related to them and how the family member is currently eligible to receive the vaccine now with the family member’s legal name and DOB.

For example pollyparks@clayton.edu sends a request to get an appointment for her mother:
Employee Name: Polly Parks Appointment Requested 1.26.21 at 10 a.m. for Mary Kathleen Parks (mother), Eligibility Age 65+, DOB 08.14.27 or Kristen Cranford send an email: Appointment Request: 1.26.21 at 1 p.m. for Sarah Marie Cranford, Eligibility: home health aide at Sunrise Assisted Living, DOB 2.14.86.

No, but the family member must be eligible to receive the vaccine in the open tier.

That decision rests with the CDC and Governor Kemp. University Health Services does not have prior knowledge of the timeline for future phases/tiers.

Updated vaccine clinic days and times are posted on the website so please check back periodically. You will receive a confirmation when you are confirmed for an appointment.

You may receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you have had COVID-19 but should get the vaccine after you have recovered from the virus or after you complete the isolation period.

You may schedule a COVID-19 vaccine if it has been at least 90 days since you received the antibody treatment for COVID-19.

You may receive the vaccine if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive AFTER the 10-day quarantine period has concluded from your exposure.

No, you may not receive the vaccine for COVID-19 if you have received ANY other vaccination within the past 14 days or plan to receive any other vaccine in the two weeks that follow your COVID-19 vaccination.

Yes, you may schedule an appointment. Steroid injections are not vaccines.

Yes, you may schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Antibiotics are not vaccines.

At this time, the government has shipped us Moderna vaccines.

Moderna vaccines are given as two separate vaccination injections, 28 days apart. At some point in the future, we may be sent vaccines from other pharmaceutical companies.

University Health Services has no control over the type of or quantity of vaccines received. That is based upon the vaccine supply in our state and based upon whatever the state ships to us. If at some point in the future we have two types of COVID-19 vaccines in our inventory, those who receive vaccinations at our facility will be unable to select or request a specific manufacturer. 

However, it is CRITICAL that once you get the Moderna vaccine, you must get the second dose of the same vaccine - Moderna.

Yes, you may, if you received Moderna (our current inventory) and if we have a vaccine clinic open in the timeframe you will need the second Moderna vaccine. You must provide your COVID-19 card at the appointment if we schedule you at Clayton State.

UHS is also conducting its regular business while offering COVID-19 vaccines. We are utilizing volunteer faculty nurses to assist us in administering vaccines. Our schedule is based upon available vaccine supply and availability of our UHS nurse practitioner and/or volunteer nursing faculty.

Standby is the term we use to create a waiting list of Clayton State students, faculty and staff who would be eligible in the current tier or the next tier to open when we have unexpected extra doses of the vaccine from a scheduled clinic. Each vial of the Moderna vaccine provides 10 doses. Once we open that vial, we have six hours to administer all ten doses. Therefore, if someone does not show up for an appointment or is medical excluded from receiving the vaccine upon arrival for their appointment, we have to find someone else to take that vaccine quickly so we do not waste any of the already limited supply.

We schedule people in multiples of ten for this reason. If currently enrolled students, current staff or current faculty who are eligible in Tier1A+ were not able to be scheduled for their requested day/time or had to be rescheduled for any reason, they get priority standby in the next clinic that opens.

At Clayton State, we have also established a priority of those who will be eligible in Tier1B and have surveyed that group for their interest in getting on the standby list. If you did not receive a survey of interest, you are not current in the priority category eligible for standby. Priority for Tier1B standby is being given to those faculty members with a medical accommodation on file with Human Resources and to faculty who have seated classes or labs on campus for the spring 2021 semester.

 

A Message from the President



Updated: September 11, 2020