STAC's "resident experts" from Health and Wellness Services and our Biology Department have provided answers to some frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and sign-up process.
#SpartansShieldSpartans — let’s continue to keep each other’s health and safety at the forefront. Shields up, Spartans — get vaccinated!
As of June 7, 2021, 343 total members of our STAC campus population have already received the full dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.
Need a ride to your Vaccine Appointment?
These are some of the ways you can get to the vaccine. STAC is not recommending any individual provider, but has provided the following widely-used suggestions. STAC is not responsible for any transactions with the provider:
STAC Campus Safety will offer rides to clinics or pharmacies (local to the College) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule transportation with the College, please reach out to Campus Safety and Security and coordinate with Mr. Jim Nawoichyk or Mr. Michael Viohl.
Where can I get the COVID-19 Vaccination?
- NYS COVID Vaccine Appointments
- NJ COVID Vaccine Appointments
- CT COVID Vaccine Appointments
- CDC Vaccine.Gov
How do I sign up for a vaccine?
There are several starting points for signing up for a vaccine appointment:
- Vaccine Finder
- New York State’s Am I Eligible*
- Rockland County Department of Health
- Refuah Health Get The Shot
Use any or all of these sites, be persistent, and make an appointment as soon as you can. Many vaccination sites actually have social media notifications you can sign up for to make sure you know when appointments become available. Once you have completed your vaccination process, please fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Form so that we have it on record that you are vaccinated. If we have this information, you can be exempt from testing and close contact quarantine between 14 and 90 days after completion of your vaccination process.
*Important Update: SUNY Rockland Community College’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse opened on April 1st for vaccine administration. You will be able to schedule your appointment at RCC using New York’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Why should I get the vaccine?
All of the approved vaccines will help to protect you from getting sick with COVID-19! This will not only be beneficial for you, but it will also serve to protect others around you, especially those that are at risk of severe illness and death. Additionally, the more people that get vaccinated, and the more quickly they do, the faster that life will begin to return to normal. Plus, there is more evidence to support that the virus causing COVID-19 can cause long-term effects in our body following an infection.
Is the vaccine safe?
The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccines based on large-scale clinical trials and data. The vaccines have been extensively tested and deemed safe by the CDC and FDA. Despite their accelerated development and production compared to other vaccines (due to an unprecedented amount of funding and collaboration), they have been held to the same FDA standards as other vaccines. The FDA and the pharmaceutical companies will continue to monitor the safety of the vaccines. Individuals who have severe allergic reactions to other vaccines should speak to their doctor before taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Which vaccine should I get?
Any of them! All of the available vaccines in the United States (currently Pfizer and Moderna) have been demonstrated to be safe and effective. In fact, they are effective in preventing you from being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19. Because we are still in the midst of a massive, worldwide pandemic, it is important that everyone gets vaccinated as quickly as possible.
Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. None of the available vaccines are made with the virus itself, which means that you cannot get COVID-19 from getting the vaccine. All available vaccines are made with mRNA, which are harmless recipes that tell your cells to make a piece of the virus so that your immune system will learn to recognize and destroy the virus if you are exposed to it. Sometimes, individuals will experience symptoms after receiving the vaccine that makes them feel sick, such as low fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, and/or arm pain. These are signs that your immune system is working hard to protect itself from any future exposure to the virus.
Am I eligible?
Yes! In New York, if you are 30+, you were eligible beginning Tuesday, March 30th, and if you are 16+, you were eligible beginning Tuesday, April 6th. Eligibility may differ for other states. However, if you live, work, or go to school in New York, you can be vaccinated in New York.
How should I prepare for receiving the vaccine?
It is important to stay hydrated prior to receiving the vaccine to help your immune response. Also, you should refrain from taking any anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen prior to receiving the vaccine, as these can weaken your immune response. After receiving the vaccine, please speak with your healthcare provider about taking anti-inflammatory medications for pain, swelling, or fever.
I was selected for random "Vault" testing on campus, but have already received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to take my "Vault" test?
You will stay in the pool for weekly random selection until two weeks after the completion of your vaccine process. Those who voluntarily produce a valid “vaccine record” through the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation form will be exempt from random testing, close contact quarantine, and domestic travel quarantine between 14 and 90 days after completion of the vaccine process. The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the results of your Vault COVID-19 test. For additional questions, please reach out to one of our "Resident Experts" via our confidential form, or speak to your healthcare practitioner.
Vaccine FAQ - Confidential Question Form
Vaccines can be a very confusing and stressful topic. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please fill out this confidential form and one of our resident experts will get back to you with answers.
STAC “Resident Experts”
Eileen Mastrovito, RN, BS
Director of Health and Wellness
Clara Toth, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Bianca Wentzell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology