For information on Prisma Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, sites and news, visit: https://prismahealth.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine
Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for students, faculty & scholars?
At this time, the vaccine is not mandatory, but this is subject to change.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine cost anything?
No, the vaccine is free for everyone. For additional details, visit SC Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (SC DHEC) COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccination FAQs page here.
If I experience any side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine and need to take time off from my clinical rotation, what do I do?
Those needing to take time off are asked to do so through the normal process. Please connect directly with your supervisor or preceptor at Prisma Health and/or your university faculty/coordinators to discuss any time away from your clinical rotation.
What should I do if I experience symptoms following my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Temporary symptoms such as fatigue and body aches represent the normal immune response and are experienced more frequently after the second vaccine dose. For most, these symptoms are not to the degree where activity is limited. You are clear to continue working.
- If symptoms extend or worsen beyond two days, call Employee Health at 803-434-2431 (Midlands) or 864-454-2358 (Upstate).
- A fever can also occur as part of the body’s normal immune response. Individuals should not work until they have gone 24 hours without fever.
Respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell are not related to the vaccine. If you experience these symptoms, call Employee Health at 803-434-2431 (Midlands) or 864-454-2358 (Upstate).
I had COVID-19 and recovered. Do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. If you have had a positive COVID-19 test, you should still be vaccinated.
If I am currently COVID positive, can I still be vaccinated?
Those who are currently COVID positive must wait to receive the COVID vaccine until they are officially cleared to return to the clinical learning environment (CLE) by Prisma Health Employee Health. Typically this is approximately 10 days if the student is asymptomatic and afebrile (without fever).
Exception: If individuals have been treated with convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies as part of their COVID treatment, it is recommended that they wait 90 days to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
I have tested positive for antibodies. Should I wait to be vaccinated?
No, you do not have to wait. You can receive the vaccine even with a positive antibody test.
Is the vaccine safe for someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak with your primary care provider before taking the vaccine.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for people with allergies?
Yes. Only individuals with severe anaphylactic allergic reactions should hold off on receiving the vaccine as we learn more.
What if I need to receive other vaccines? Can I get them at the same time?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be taken within 14 days of receiving any other vaccine. In addition, the CDC recommends waiting 4 weeks after receiving the COVID vaccine before getting a PPD or QuantiFERON blood test. There is no harm if someone gets these tests within 4 weeks of the vaccine, but it may potentially produce a false positive.
Many answers to questions can be found on the SC DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccination FAQs page and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine information page. These pages will continue to be updated with the latest information, including:
- Potential side effects.
- Vaccine safety.
- Vaccine effectiveness.
- Overview of available vaccines, their differences and how they work.