Register Your COVID-19 Vaccination for a Chance at Free Tuition

Dear Kent State University Students,

This is a reminder to please register your COVID-19 vaccination status to help the university prepare for a vibrant in-person experience for the 2021 Fall Semester — you could win free tuition.

Click here to be linked to the University Health Services website where you will find instructions on how to register with Med+Proctor, the company managing our COVID-19 vaccine registration. Once you register with Med+Proctor, you can upload your vaccine information. There is no charge to use this site. Med+Proctor will offer you the chance to buy a lifetime membership to its service for $10. However, you do not have to purchase this service in order to register and upload your vaccine information.

Submitting a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is a valid method to confirm your vaccination status. Med+Proctor will accept your card image as supporting documentation without issue. Your card does not need to be signed by a clinician to be accepted. If you do not have a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, you can use the Med+Proctor immunization certificate to submit information about your vaccination status. The immunization certificate needs to be signed by a clinician to be accepted if you do not include a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

All Kent State students who are vaccinated and who have registered their vaccine will be eligible to win prizes in twice-weekly drawings through Oct. 12. That means you could win free tuition for a semester, free room and board for a semester or a kayaking trip with you and your closest friends. Other prizes to be awarded include free Homecoming concert tickets, Beats headphones and Apple Watches.

To be fully vaccinated for the fall semester, residence hall students should have their final vaccine dose two weeks before their move-in date, while students living off campus should have their final vaccine at least two weeks before their first day of class.

For the fall semester, all students living in university housing and student-athletes must take part in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing. However, students who submit proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing. 

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 variants, we may need to adjust our testing requirements for vaccinated students as new information is available. Once Ohio House Bill 244 goes into effect on Oct. 14, we will test vaccinated and unvaccinated students with the same protocols.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days are exempt from testing.  All students seeking exemption from weekly COVID-19 testing should submit their COVID-19 vaccination record or positive COVID-19 diagnosis on the Med+Proctor site. We encourage all students to register their COVID-19 vaccination at Med+Proctor, regardless of where they are living. 

According to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are fully vaccinated who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should get tested three to five days after exposure and need to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.   

The unvaccinated should be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, should be tested again in five to seven days after their last exposure or should be retested immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.

We continue to remind you that COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to all members of the Kent State community and their families at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. University Health Services offers vaccines Monday through Friday, at varying hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment.

The Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available. Recipients must select which brand they want to receive at the time they schedule their appointment. All brands may not be offered every day. Pfizer is the only brand approved for those younger than 18. The Johnson & Johnson shot requires just one dose, while the Moderna shot requires a second dose in 28 days, and the Pfizer vaccine a second shot in 21 days.

Students from the Regional Campuses and the College of Podiatric Medicine are welcome to make an appointment at DeWeese, or they may schedule a vaccine in their areas by using the state’s vaccination portal.

We strongly encourage everyone to Flash Your Arm and get vaccinated – this is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 virus is still very much with us, and the delta variant is spreading rapidly. Vaccines are our best path back to normal. Now is the time to get vaccinated and to register your vaccine so that we can all enjoy a fall semester where all of us stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director, University Health Services

POSTED: Friday, August 13, 2021 - 9:02am
UPDATED: Monday, August 16, 2021 - 8:27am