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COVID-19 Vaccinations


Notice: UNCW Pauses COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Based on State and Federal Guidance


UNCW has paused its COVID-19 vaccination clinic, which has been administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, immediately and until further notice, based on guidance from state and federal health authorities. 

Earlier this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement recommending a pause on the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Out of more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine administered in the U.S., six recipients reported rare blood clots and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination. A joint statement from the FDA and the CDC provides more information here. To date, UNCW has not received any reports of similar health concerns among recipients vaccinated at the campus clinic. 

The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14, to further review the six reported cases of blood clots in individuals who received the J&J vaccine and assess their potential significance. The FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. UNCW will share updates about the university clinic’s operations and appointment rescheduling as information becomes available. 

According to the FDA and CDC statement, if you experience a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, please contact your health care provider. If, after reviewing the CDC statement, you have additional questions, please email

UNCW Vaccination Clinic Expands Reach to Include Alumni and Families; CFCC Students

APRIL 12, 2021

The university is expanding its COVID-19 Campus Vaccination Clinic to additional members of our community. Individuals eligible to register for appointments on campus at the Burney Center include UNCW alumni and their families and CFCC students. The university previously opened the clinic to eligible UNCW students, faculty, staff, retirees and their families, who also are still welcome and encouraged to participate.

Eligible individuals may register hereRegistering affirms that you are age 18 or older. 

You will need to provide your name, email address, date of birth, employee or student ID number (if applicable) and mobile phone number to register. Alumni should put their class year in the ID section. Family members should provide the first and last name of their student, alumni, faculty, staff or retiree relative. Please be punctual the day of your appointment and remember to bring an ID card (employee or student ID if applicable). After receiving the vaccine, you will need to remain in the Burney Center for 15 minutes.   

Students, faculty and staff with parking passes should park in their designated areas. Free visitor parking is available in Lot M near Burney Center. Please see the Visitor Parking webpage for directions and more details. 

Additional information about J&J vaccines

The CDC conducted an analysis, did not find any safety issues or reason for concern, and recommends continuing to administer the vaccine. Based on that guidance and similar input from NCDHHS, UNCW plans to continue administering the J&J vaccine. 

In keeping with CDC guidance, we recommend the following measures for individuals receiving the vaccine: 

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine 

  • Sit down after you receive your vaccine (we ask all recipients to wait 15 minutes before departing the UNCW Vaccination Clinic following their shot) 

  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing 


Message from the Chancellor: UNCW to Open COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Serve Campus Community

MARCH 04, 2021

UNCW will open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus later in MarchThe clinic will operate in Burney Center by appointment onlywill initially serve the UNCW campus community and may expand its mission in the future. 
The Student Health Center staff will manage the clinic in compliance with NCDHHS guidelines, which are currently focused on serving individuals in Group 3. As previously shared, vaccinations for all segments of Group 3 (Frontline and Essential Workers) opened on March 3. Group 3 includes university instructional and support staff who are “in-person at their place of work.”  
According to NCDHHS, vaccinations for Group 4 currently are scheduled to begin on March 24. Group 4 includes adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness. According to the state, the second phase of Group 4 will include students in congregate living settings such as residence halls. Please see Group 4 information here (PDF). Group 5 includes everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination. You can learn more about each group at the NCDHHS website 
An official clinic start date has not been finalized yet, and clinic operations are dependent on vaccine availability. Details on how to sign up for the vaccine and volunteer at the clinic will be forthcoming. Please give us some time to work through the processes involved to establish the clinic. We look forward to sending you additional information as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor your campus inboxes, the university homepage and Best for the Nest.

Seahawks – Find a Spot to Take Your Shot

UNCW is collaborating with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local health departments to support safe, efficient and equitable plans for distributing vaccines to students, faculty, staff and the greater community. Learn more about the phases/groups here: NCDHHS website


Frequently Asked Questions

Are more changes to the vaccination plans expected? 
Like many aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, the vaccination process is fluid. Our state’s counties have different procedures to register and are moving at different paces. You should routinely check the resources for your county to be fully informed and ready to sign up for your spot when it’s time for your shot. If you live outside North Carolina, please check with the health department resources in your area.   
Once we are vaccinated, do we still need to follow the 3Ws? 
Yes, please continue to follow applicable health and safety guidelines on campus and in our community now and after you are vaccinated. Remember to wear a face covering, wait six feet apart and wash your hands frequently.

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