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COVID-19

Vaccine Information

The University strongly encourages anyone who wants and is able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to do so. You can read more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC and DHEC.

Vaccine Availability

Clemson University is offering both initial and booster COVID-19 vaccines through Vax Clinic at Littlejohn Coliseum during selected dates throughout the remainder of the Fall semester. Students, faculty, staff and family members who are six months past their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two months past a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, are eligible to receive booster shots through the clinic.

While walk-ins are accepted registering in advance is encouraged to avoid long lines. View the registration link hereNOTE: The best way to find updated hours of operation for the clinic is through the registration tool. Select ‘Book this Service’ on the bottom right of the page to set up your free vaccination.

In addition, the following opportunities for vaccination are available to students:

  • Redfern Health Center is offering the Moderna vaccine by appointment only; booster shots (third doses) are also available to immunocompromised students who have completed an eligibility questionnaire and are 28 or more days removed from their second dose of Moderna.
  • Visit DHEC’s Vax Locator or Vaccine.gov to find a nearby site in the local community and throughout the state of South Carolina.

The following opportunities for vaccination are available to faculty and staff:

Clemson's Compliance With Federal Vaccine Requirements

On September 9, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” requiring federal contractors to comply with directives from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. On September 24, the Task Force issued guidance requiring covered employees involved in (or in contact with others involved in) federal contracts to be fully vaccinated, with limited legal exemptions. On November 1, the Federal Task Force issued updated guidance that requires employers to make a good faith effort to have covered employees vaccinated by December 8. On Nov. 4, the administration announced details for other vaccination policies, and moved the required compliance date to Jan. 4.

Clemson University has been working to review all notifications to assess implications and provide guidance to employees.  

To comply with the executive order, Clemson University is requiring those individuals who are designated as covered employees under the mandate to be vaccinated by January 4 or to apply for medical or religious exemptions by December 8. Covered employees are those employees working on applicable federal contracts, those who perform support work (such as finance, human resources and legal) for such contracts, and those who work in the same locations as the first two groups.

Employees who have already been vaccinated may submit or review previously submitted proof of vaccination information and their current vaccination status according to University records via the COVID-19 Vaccine Tool. If an employee has not yet been vaccinated, free vaccinations are available.

The University has begun notifying affected groups of covered employees. Notifications include more detail about how to file an accommodation request. As we continue to monitor affected employees and locations to meet the federal requirements, we will update the Clemson community.

General Federal Mandate Information

Currently, there are 3 federal vaccine mandates applicable to various employers:

  • Executive Order 14042
    1. Applies to Clemson University and requires covered employees involved in (or in contact with others involved in) federal contracts to be fully vaccinated.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Requirements
    1. Requirement that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are fully vaccinated
    2. This mandate may impact certain healthcare units within the University and is under review.
  • OSHA Guidance
    1. Requirement for employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.
    2. This mandate will not impact Clemson until and unless adopted by South Carolina OSHA.

All 3 mandates are directed at the workforce. At this time, financial aid and routine procurement contracts have not been part of the mandate. We continue to monitor contracts for the requirement and will provide updates if this changes.

Additional Items for Awareness

The original deadline for compliance for federal contractors moved from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4 to coincide with the updated deadlines for the OSHA and CMS requirements.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Nov. 4 largely applicable to cabinet-level agencies. Clemson is not a cabinet-level agency and until directed to do so by a court of law, must comply with federal requirements, including the federal contractor mandate.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay on Nov. 5 related to the OSHA requirements for private businesses. This ruling does not impact the federal contractor requirements.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate nationwide. Louisiana et al. v. Becerra et al., No. 3:12-CV-03970 (W.D. La. Nov. 30, 2021).

Religious or medical accommodation requests can be submitted online, and the link will be available in the coming days.

Dr. Lior Rennert

“There is substantial evidence COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and provide very strong protection against infection. The Clemson community has done a fantastic job on this front, with 87% of faculty and over 60% of students and staff uploading proof of vaccination. While these numbers are currently beating national averages, there is always room for improvement. I highly encourage all individuals who are able to utilize the free vaccination clinics offered by the University through Vax Clinic – the process is super quick and easy!”

Dr. Lior Rennert
Clemson’s lead public health strategist and a biostatistician
Department of Public Health Sciences