COVID-19 Vaccination Information Updated May 10, 2021
Getting our campus community vaccinated as early as possible is a priority, and W&L is actively working with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) and local providers to coordinate vaccination clinics in the Lexington area. In March 2021, Rockbridge County officials signed a lease to use the unoccupied Peebles/Gordmans building at 770 N. Lee Highway in the College Square Shopping Center as a community vaccination site. Multiple providers, such as CSHD, Rockbridge Area Health Clinic, Carilion, and others are using the site to administer vaccines to area residents, including W&L employees and students.
The university strongly encourages all members of the W&L campus community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. W&L is providing transportation for students to the local clinics as needed.
How to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
CSHD is now offering "open" or public COVID-19 vaccine clinics for anyone who lives or works in the Central Shenandoah Health District and is age 16+.
To schedule an appointment at a CSHD COVID-19 vaccine clinic, please go to vaccineappointments.virginia.gov. This link will take you to the scheduling platform PrepMod. From there, you can look up any CSHD clinic that is close to your location. Scheduled appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as vaccine supply allows. If you are scheduling a second dose, schedule for the same type of vaccine as your first dose.
In addition to CSHD clinics:
- Augusta Health is offering vaccinations. Register at https://vaccinate.augustahealth.com/vaccine-appointments/.
- Kroger is offering vaccinations at its Lexington store. Register at https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-vaccine.
- Walmart is offering vaccinations at its Lexington store. Register at https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.
If you received your first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine outside the Central Shenandoah Health District, you can receive your second dose of the vaccine in the CSHD or anywhere in the State of Virginia as long as you present your vaccination card and identification. You just need to make sure to receive your second dose at a clinic offering the same type of vaccine as the first one you received.
Additional vaccination-related resources:
- Virginia Department of Health: View State of Virginia COVID-19 vaccine information at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling the Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine Information Call Center 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).
- If you want to receive email updates about CSHD vaccine distribution efforts, sign up for CSHD's COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter.
- For the latest CSHD COVID-19 vaccination plans and timing, visit the CSHD's website or follow CSHD on Facebook, where they frequently post important COVID-19 vaccine updates.
Latest Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
Based on new Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People released April 27 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the university made the following changes to its COVID-19 guidelines:
- Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, including on campus, except in certain crowded settings and venues, such as athletic events and commencement, where there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance until widespread vaccination coverage is achieved. Please note, our campus community has not yet achieved widespread vaccination coverage.
- Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in regular COVID-19 screening testing as long as they remain asymptomatic. Testing will continue to be available for those who need or want to be tested.
- Undergraduate students will continue to be reminded to schedule a screening test at least weekly in Aura until two weeks after the date of your last vaccination dose as reported in the Daily Attestation application. Your vaccination dates must be reported in the Daily Attestation application before your status can be updated in Aura, so if you have not yet reported your vaccination information in the Daily Attestation app, please do so as soon as possible.
- Third year law students who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in pre-commencement COVID-19 testing, as long as they have entered their vaccination information in the Daily Attestation application.
- Unvaccinated employees in select groups who are required to participate in screening testing are still required to do so.
Campus Community Vaccinations are now being reported by group (employees, undergraduate students, and law students) on our COVID-19 Dashboard. In order to accurately reflect the percent of our campus population that has been vaccinated, it is important that everyone log their vaccination dates in the Daily Attestation application. If you have not already done so, please report the type of vaccine you received, and the date administered for each dose as soon as possible. Follow these step-by-step instructions to record your vaccination in the application.
Vaccine-Related Time Off for Employees
Paid time off is available for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and to recover from related side effects once it is administered. Employees should speak with their supervisors about time off related to the vaccine.